Seattle: Journey to the Emerald City of Washington

Some cities are born with a glorious destiny predestined before them. Still others, it takes time and effort to get to the point of claiming the title of “metropolis.” Seattle, USA, undoubtedly belongs to the second category. Years ago, it was the “poor relative” of the west coast of the USA, with the big cities of Golden California stealing its glory. However, Seattle soon went on the counterattack. It did not just want to be known as a wealthy city, home to some of the world’s largest companies – Boeing and Microsoft including.

The Emerald City, as it is known, is the birthplace of grunge music with bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. Wrapped in the areas of the West Coast, on the shores of Lake Union, it impresses the visitor with its refined atmosphere. If you can handle the frequent rainfall, then you will have no problem in Seattle. But let’s learn more about the largest city in the state of Washington.

Survival Guide

To get to Seattle, you must be determined to take a relatively long journey. There are dozens of domestic flights in the city to get to Seattle Airport, located about 20 miles south of the city. From there you can board one of the buses to take you to the city centre where most accommodation hotels are located. Of course, the alternative provided to you is to rent a vehicle so that you can quickly move from place to place without any restrictions at all. So you can contact a company like Enjoy Travel, which can offer you your rental vehicle directly from the airport, where a dealership is located.

In terms of your accommodation, it would be good to arrive in Seattle and be organised. The most serious difficulty is that you will find it challenging to find mid-range accommodation. In Seattle, hotels tend to be either extravagant and very expensive or very low class and very cheap. The best way to get to know the city is by walking. However, keep in mind that buses within the centre are free. Seattle is a pleasant surprise from a financial point of view. The specialty of the area is seafood. The primary raw material for many dishes is crabs and salmon. Try to locate the favourite hangouts of the locals, avoiding the very touristy areas.

Do not forget to visit

The Pike Place Market, the oldest US bazaar, which still works is a beautiful place to visit. If not for shopping, it’s worth visiting for folklore! Farmers and merchants sold their “goodies” of all kinds at low prices, a tradition they honour today! In addition to agricultural products, at Pike Market, you will be captivated by the smell of fresh coffee and the energy of various “entertainers – street artists”. If you have time, sit in one of the cafes or restaurants in the area, which are slowly but steadily becoming a must-have for city dwellers.

Also, the Seattle Museum of Art on University Street, is another thing you can not miss: the building is famous for its size. You will be welcomed by the impressive statue-emblem of the “Hammering Man” museum, about 15 meters high – work of the sculptor Jonathan Borofsky. The museum is open daily.

Pioneer Square. This is its oldest point city. The square and the surrounding area, which in the 60s had undergone many alterations and disasters, today it has been fully restored. If you take a walk, you will find many galleries and bookstores, shops that give the “sophisticated” tone of the area. It is not, after all, a random hangout for Seattle intellectuals.

Nb. Collaborative post.