Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest US, is surrounded by water, mountains and forest and has thousands acres of parkland to enjoy. The largest city in Washington State, it is also home to a large tech industry with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered here. Here are five things reasons to visit Seattle.
You have to try the coffee shops
Seattle is the locus that turned us all into coffee-istas, and is where Starbucks was founded, in the Pike Place Market. Some people say that they are hundreds of coffee shops because it rains so much in the city. See this autumn list from Seattle Eater for the latest cafes in the city,
The world’s best glass artist is from here
The Chihuly Garden and Glass showcases at the Seattle Center display the incredible talent of the glass artist Dale Chihuly with a series of jaw-dropping indoor and open-air installations. His distinctive glass art is a mixture of colourful shimmering cones, spears, coils and entanglements. Lismore Castle in Waterford has a turquoise chandelier designed by him.
Visit the Space Needle
If you have a head for heights then you must not miss the Space Needle. Built for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle quickly became the symbol of the city. The high-speed lift takes only 43-seconds to whizz you to the observation level. Views from the 605-foot tall are spectacular, and you can see the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier. Space Needle
Enjoy the night life in Seattle
Capitol Hill is nightlife central, and Havana Social Club is at the throbbing epicentre. With its swaying palms and gold pressed-tin ceiling, the place feels like a quaint old tropical hotel. You'll find mostly young, pierced folks throwing back tequila and gyrating to soul, rap and indie hits. Havana Social Club
Experience an intimate Seattle Living Room show
This is a unique way to see a live concert. All shows take place in a secret Seattle venue, where you'll be face-to-face with some of the best up-and-coming musicians from around the country. It is an intimate setting for both musician and listener. Seattle Living Room.