What’s Doing in Seattle

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 March 2017
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Seattle, also known as the Emerald City due to the evergreen forests surrounding it, is known for its booming tech industry, the birthplace of Starbucks, and seen as the embodiment of the Pacific Northwest both in culture and setting. Tourists flock to the city to take part in whale-watching tours, explore the burgeoning art scene, or visit the eclectic Pike Place Market.

The city was founded in 1852 by a group of explorers headed by Arthur A Denny. Known as the Denny Party, it was made up of pioneers who departed Illinois on April 10, 1851, bound for the West Coast.

To this day, the city pays homage to its roots with a statue of Chief Seattle, a Suquamish tribe leader during the time of the Denny Party, located in the city’s Belltown neighborhood, as well as a monument at Alki Beach, site of the original settlement, inscribed with all the names of the Denny Party.

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WHAT TO DO

Start your tour of Seattle with a visit to the Pike Place Market, one of the country’s oldest farmers markets, which opened in 1907, and where one can buy everything from beef jerky, to freshly caught fish, to locally-made Native American arts and crafts, all straight from the farmer, fisherman, or artist’s hands. The market is also known for its tradition of flying fish, wherein a customer places an order, and staff hurls the fish over the counter.

After you visit Pike Place Market, take a stroll down to the city’s waterfront, and take in views of Elliot Bay and the Puget Sound. You can take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, located on Pier 57, and the largest Ferris wheel on the West Coast when it opened in 2012.

Just north, on Pier 59, is the Seattle Aquarium, home to an undersea dome surrounded by 400,000 gallons of water and all manner of sea life indigenous to the Puget Sound. The aquarium hosts around 800,000 visitors a year.

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