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The city of Seattle is located on the shores of the beautiful Elliott Bay and is known to offer spectacular views of Mount Rainier. Seattle, also known as the Emerald City, is a modern day metropolis that has its share of sky hugging skyscrapers, fine dining restaurants, grand coffee houses, trendy nightclubs and friendly locals. Seattle’s excellent economic conditions might have transformed it into an international center of business, but its neighbourhoods still manage to retain their distinct charms and offer tourists with pleasant ambiences.

Seattle’s downtown is full of unique sights and attractions and it is possible to explore a variety of sights and attractions that the city has to offer simply by exploring the downtown area. The best place to start any tour is at the Pike Place Market. Next up on any itinerary is the Space Needle. The Space Needle is known to offer dramatic views of the city and is incredibly romantic. The perfect end to your day tour of the city can be found on a a canoe ride through the Arboretum or a moonlight cruise to the Blake Island. If bar hopping is more of your scene, take a trip to Georgetown, the neighbourhood for drinkers. The arty ones would prefer a tour of the Belltown gallery instead.

Be on the lookout for sunny days as they are few and far in between. If you’re lucky enough to be in the city when the cloudy skies part for a fleeting moment, you can check out locals as they drop everything and head out with their bicycles or kayaks. The best time to visit the city is in the summer months when tourists can also become a part of one of the many celebrations and festivals. The weather is also known to be perfect for outdoor exploration. Those looking to visit Seattle between October – May would have to be prepared to brave the steady rains that never seem to end.

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Seattle holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Pike Place Market
First Avenue, between Pike and Pine Streets
What is it? Rachel, a giant piggy bank, stands guard over the Pike Place Farmer's Market in downtown Seattle, placed there to raise funds to preserve this National Historic District founded in 1907. The bustling market has provided the local people with producer-priced goods for decades, and continues to do so today as about 100 farmers and fishmongers tout their wares. They have been joined by more than 150 local craftspeople and artists who have also set up shop here, along with street performers, dozens of restaurants and numerous speciality shops. The world's first Starbucks coffee shop opened here in 1971, and is still brewing up its famous beverage on the original site. At the north end of the market Victor Steinbrueck Park provides a popular grassy place to sit in the sun and escape the milling crowds. Hours of Operation: Open daily. Hours vary for different businesses, and Sundays are voluntary opening days so some shops may be closed Phone:(206) 682 7453



2. The Space Needle
400 Broad Street
What is it? Anyone who has followed the Hollywood movies will be familiar with Seattle's internationally recognised symbol, the futuristic creative Space Needle building. From afar it looks like a spinning top, with the needle aerial pointing skywards. The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair to showcase upcoming architectural development, and proved itself by withstanding an earthquake experienced in the city in February 2001 measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale. Visitors can ascend the 607ft (185m) building as far as a revolving observation deck 520ft (158m) above the city, where high-powered telescopes are positioned to allow you to pick out the city sights. There is also a restaurant on top of the tower. Hours of Operation: Daily Sunday to Thursday 9am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to midnight Phone:(206) 905 2100



3. Experience Music Project
325 Fifth Avenue North
What is it? One of Seattle's most popular attractions is the Experience Music Project, basically a rock 'n roll music museum with a difference, housed in a huge, colourful psychedelic building, designed by Frank Gehry at the base of the Space Needle. The museum was planned originally by Microsoft entrepreneur Paul Allen as a memorial to Jimi Hendrix, the superstar guitarist who was born in Seattle and died more than 30 years ago. The Hendrix exhibit, featuring artefacts associated with the rock legend, remains the biggest drawcard at the museum, but the collections and interactive exhibits have been expanded to include the general history of American popular music. Exhibits range from the first electric guitars of the 1930s to a rock 'n roll thrill ride akin to a roller coaster. In interactive rooms visitors can try their hands at mixing on DJ turntables or playing various instruments. The museum is also the venue for numerous concerts. Hours of Operation: Summer hours are Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 9pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm (Memorial Day to Labor Day). From 23 February to 31 May the museum is closed on Mondays Phone:(877) 367 5483



Seattle holidays - Top Events


1. Northwest Folklife Festival

From 2007-05-25

To 2007-05-28

What is it? Celebrating the traditional arts of North America, the Folklife Festival is the largest in the country, attracting people from around the world to take part in or to enjoy the variety of cultures presented. Different ethnic traditional acts are staged, including dance and music performances from over 100 countries, and storytelling. There is also an art and crafts market, an international food village, dance and music workshops, folklore exhibits, and hands-on educational opportunities for children to learn about other cultures. Where is it? Seattle Center



2. Cingular Summer Nights

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-08-31

What is it? The Summer Nights at the Pier annual concert series is a favourite outdoor event that features beautiful sunsets, gorgeous views and some of the world's top musical talent. Having changed its name to Cingular Summer Nights, it has also been temporarily relocated to South Lake Union, but promises to offer the same unique experience that has made it such a success for the past 15 years. International and nationally acclaimed musicians perform a wide range of musical styles from rock and pop to classical, blues, jazz and country in a spectacular setting. Where is it? Gas Works Park, Lake Union



3. Seafair



What is it? Seafair is one of the biggest community festivals in the country, a summer tradition that is rated as one of the top events in North America. Major events include the famous US Navy Blue Angels air show, Hydroplane Races, the Torchlight Run and Parade, and the traditional Milk Carton Derby in which families take to the water in homemade milk carton boats and rafts. There is also plenty of live music, art and cultural attractions, and demonstrations throughout the city, as well as half marathons and triathlons to participate in. Where is it? Various



4. Bite of Seattle

From 2007-07-20

To 2007-07-22

What is it? A food carnival that has grown into the city's largest summer festival, Bite of Seattle brings together a feast of enticing food and exciting entertainment. A variety of the city's culinary offerings are brought together by participation of more than 60 restaurants, as well as food product companies, beer gardens and wine tasting exhibits. Live entertainment is also an integral part of the experience and includes the comedy club, a piano bar, kids entertainment, and music. The Bite Cooks is a popular event which features top celebrity chefs in a creative and interactive cooking show and demonstration. Where is it? Seattle Center



5. Bumbershoot Festival

From 2006-09-01

To 2006-09-04

What is it? Bumbershoot is the biggest arts and music festival in the country, showcasing the work of thousands of artists from around the world. It is an extravaganza featuring live music performances, dance, theatre, film, comedy, literary and visual arts, as well as street performers, an international food bazaar, and art and crafts market. Where is it? Seattle Center grounds




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