Seattle is a city crammed with architectural gems from grand opulent designs created with money from the gold rush to the innovative and now iconic Space Needle. Seattle, which is home to the first Starbucks, Microsoft and Boeing amongst other household names, sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean which gives it a glorious mix of town and country. One of the many highlights is Pike Place Market, a scrambling collection of delightful small shops: fragrant flower stalls rub shoulders with colourful food stores many stocking local produce which you will also find in Seattle’s prolific restaurants.
The city is currently undergoing a transformation. The ugly freeway which separates the ocean from the city is being re-routed underground. This massive work is due to be completed by 2016 and will make a huge difference to the enjoyment of the waterfront area.
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Why should I visit Seattle?
Seattle, also known as the Emerald City, has become a food heaven with its access to the freshest of ingredients from both the ocean and the hinterland used to their very best advantage by some very talented chefs. Frontier America strongly recommends taking a gourmet tour such as the Bites-n- Booze tour or the Food & Cultural Tour of Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market - is Seattle's original farmers market and its rambling alleys are still the centre of locally sourced, artisan and specialty foods. It is truly a multi-sensory experience as you wander past colourful flower stands, beautifully displayed fruit and veg stands as well as bakeries, clothing, local potters and glass makers as well as tiny shops full of all sorts of treasures. Buskers abound and the atmosphere hums. Don’t miss Rachel the piggy bank or Starbuck’s first shop.
Space Needle - Instantly recognisable, the Space Needle can be seen from all over Seattle. Built in 1962 for the World fare, it has quickly become the symbol of Seattle. It was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, it was built to withstand winds of 200 mph and earthquakes up to 9.1 on the Richter scale. It has an observation platform which is well worth a visit and an excellent restaurant a meal at which includes the cost of the elevator.
TIP There can be long queues so it is worth buying your ticket in advance. Failing that, spend the wait time at the Chihuly Glass exhibition or the EMP museum.
Chihuly Garden and glass Exhibition - This will take your breath away. What locally born Dale Chihuly has managed to do with glass is truly amazing, from vast outdoor statues to intricate flowers, the vibrant colours and the shapes created will long live in your memory.
Tour of the Boeing Factory - The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is 25 miles north of Seattle. Explore the dynamics of flight and experience new aviation innovations. You can design and virtually test your own jet. Strap yourself into the Innovator for an exhilarating trip to virtual destinations and experiences like the Battle for Iwo Jima, a Grand Prix Race or a barnstorming stunt plane. Then go behind the scenes at Boeing for a 90 minute tour in the world’s largest building by volume (472,000,000 cubic feet or 13,385,378 cubic meters), to see airplanes such as the Boeing 787 or the new Dreamliner being assembled.
Day trip to the San Juan Islands whale watching - Take the Victoria Clipper as she departs from downtown Seattle and sails through Deception Pass to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands where you will join a 2 1/2 hour whale watching and sea life search. There will be time for lunch before returning on the clipper to Seattle.
TIP If you would like to spend a night on two in the San Juan Islands, this can easily be arranged and is strongly recommended.
Tillicum Village - located 8 miles from Seattle's waterfront on Blake Island State Park. Here, you have the opportunity to learn about the Native American culture and watch a 25-minute show featuring traditional song and dance. A delicious Chinook Salmon buffet is included on the tour.
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