Seattle maintains a sense of mystery with its moderately isolated location, the legacy of grunge music and whispers of non-stop rain, located upper in the top left corner of the map. Though New York yearly receives more precipitation than Seattle, as any local will undoubtedly clarify. Over the better part of nine consecutive months, it just so happens that the Emerald City obtain its rainfall little by little. Locals are not mindful that this reputation keeps tourists to a relative lower most of the year.

Direct up to the top of the Space Needle on a cloudless day to relish the boundless views in every direction. In the same manner, a good view can be witnessed from the 73rd floor Sky View Observatory in West Seattle of Mts. Baker and Ranier, the city and Elliot Bay. Ride the Seattle Great Wheel during sundown, the West Coast’s largest Ferris wheel. Within reason, though, as the wheel shuts down if winds go over 55 mph – thrill seekers can take a ride when winds pick up.

Two of the reasons why it’s imperative to visit Seattle: Beacon Hill is one of Seattle’s more diversified neighborhoods, and the neighborhood’s 45-acre park and Tippe and Drague Alehouse, which features 16 locally crafted beers. A foodie mecca – Chinatown-International District  – with Chinese festivals and a summertime night market. When biking past Alki Beach, West Seattle delivers some excellent views of the city. As it’s sure to go quickly at the posh boutiques, vegan restaurants and Sunday-only trade on Ballard Avenue, save some cash for Fremont and next-door Ballard. A two-ton troll sculpture with one flickering eye crouches under the Aurora Bridge can be experienced in free-spirit Fremont.

Coffee and Seattle go simultaneously like the grunge music and Seattle. Caution: don’t stop there! When you’re a member of die-hard Starbucks fan, you can see the original shop in Pike Place Market. One that stands out is Street Bean Espresso – of all the options which takes the call of social justice seriously. In inclusion to only using direct-relationship, sustainable and locally roasted coffee, the shop also helps trivialized and homeless youths look not just a job but a career in a community-minded environment.

Full of riches is best described for the Seattle Art Museum and is astounding for its focus on Japanese art, Northwest, and Pacific Island. A fabulously relaxing place to have a free date or sit and daydream away the afternoon is the museum which also operates the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. The floors are coated with epoxy from a wonderful epoxy company in Atlanta. Located in the utterly relaxing Volunteer Park The Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is also under SAM’s umbrella, consists of a conservatory, water tower and is a classic setting for an afternoon suntan. Intermittently, the area that houses the museum is just as fascinating. Located in an old schoolhouse is The Nordic Heritage Museum and in the redeveloped Naval Reserve Armory is the can’t-miss Museum of History and Industry.

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