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Seattle is famous because of the fortune companies that are based here: Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon.com, Washington Mutual (it is called Chase Bank now), University of Washington, Nordstrom, Expedia.com, Triprr.com, Drugstore.com, etc. to name a few.

Seattle is also the "base" of sitcoms like Grace Anatomy and I-Carly and the movie "Sleepless in Seattle". Seattle has a couple of billionaires and about 4,000 millionaires residing and working here and became rich because of the "dot com" companies. Most of these rich people are philanthropists. You can count on them donating their millions to good causes like hospitals, non-profit organizations, schools, etc.

The landmark that makes it more popular is the Space Needle. And, because of its natural beauty. However, it is the Mt. Rainier that is on the license plates of cars in Washington State.

I love Seattle because I can have the best of everything. I am close to the water, close to the mountains and close to the city!

Seattle is a multi-ethnic community and very diversed. It is like the melting pot in the Northwest! The diversity of Seattle, Washington is being celebrated every August during the Parade of Lanterns. Most culture and ethnicity are represented. There are Filipinos, Japanese, Iranians, Egyptians, Mongolians, Cambodians, Indians, Chinese, Koreans, Somalians, Vietnamese, Mexicans, Laotians, Russians, Bosnians, Iraqis, Japanese, Samoans, Hawaiians, Indonesians, Malaysians, Swedish, Norwegians, British, Scottish, and others.

These different communities have their own festivals during the summer time. If you are planning to visit the City of Seattle, choose the month of August and you will not run out of festivals to attend to.

Seattle's cuisine is also reflected by its multi-ethnicity. There are hundreds of exquisite restaurants and fine dining! The city organized the "Bite of Seattle" event for visitors and the local residents to taste the food represented by restaurant owners.

There are also many things to do and see in Seattle. It's not true that it is always raining in the City of Seattle! Most of the time, we really do have great weather!


At the top of the Space Needle, you can have a 360 degree view of the whole city and the adjacent cities and islands: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, West Seattle, Alki Point and Queen Anne.

When it is a very nice day, you will see, at a distance, the very famous Mt. Rainier! Just like any other tourist spots, there is a telescope in each corner. You can check out the whole city!


When you are done at the Space Needle, you can eat lunch there. There is a revolving restaurant at the top of the building. Then go down to Seattle Center or the Pacific Science Center. Across the street is also the Experience Music Project. If you are a musician or just a musician at heart, you must check this place! This was built by Paul Allen, the business partner of Microsoft genius Bill Gates!

After checking these three places, catch the bus to Pike Place Market. This market is very famous for its fresh-cut flowers sold by Cambodians and/or Hmong immigrants. There is an array of fresh produce sold by local farmers and fresh fruits. The local artists sell their crafts. Watch the famous salmon-catching-style of fish sellers.

The other local stalls have different variety of items to sell: from Egyptian items, Japanese paper to Chinese figurines.

Please walk down to the Seattle Aquarium. Or just sit down at the dock and watch the ferries at Lake Washington bringing passengers back and forth from the different islands to Seattle.

If you have more time and more outdoorsy, drive to the Olympic Peninsula, Mt. Rainier, Leavenworth, Semiahmoo, San Juan Islands, La Conner and other closeby attractions.

Where to go

Here are the stuff to see in Seattle. PLEASE CLICK THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE LINKS!:

1. Space Needle
2. Seattle Center
3. Experience Music Project
4. Fun Forest - Pacific Science Center, Center House
5. Key Arena
6. Pike Place Market
6. Seattle Aquarium
7. Ballard- Golden Gardens'Shilshole Bay, Nordic Heritage Museum, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Fisherman's Terminal
8. Lake Washington
9. Museum of Flight
10. The Asian Art Museum
12. Alki Point
13. The Burke Museum
14. University of Washington Main Campus
15. Microsoft
16. Seattle's Fun City Center
17. Lincoln Park
18. Seattle Public Central Library
19. Olympic Sculpture Park
20. Chinatown/International District
21. Pioneer Square
22. Belltown
23. South Lake Union- Center for Wooden Boats, Gas Works Park
24. Queen Anne
25. Capitol Hill
27. Children's Museum
28. Fremont
29. Green Lake - Woodland Park Zoo
30. University District
31. University of Washington
32. West Seattle
33. Tacoma and Federal Way
34. Mt. Rainier National Park
35. Dash Point State Park
36. Wild Waves Theme Park
37. Museum of Glass
38. Tacoma Art Museum
39. Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
40. Woodinville's Chateau St. Michelle
41. Redhood Ale Brewery
42. Bellevue Arts Museum
43. Kirkland MaRINA
44. Snoqualmie Falls
45. Leavenworth
46. Lake Chelan
47. Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Factory in Mukilteo
48. Olympic National Park
49. San Juan Islands
50. Downtown Seattle- State Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Seattle ARt Museum, Benaroya Hall, Klondike Gold Rush Museum, Underground Seattle Tour, Safeco Field, Qwest Football Stadium and Events Center.
51. Waterfront - Omnidome Theatre, Washington State Ferries, Waterfront Streetcar Busline
52. International District/Chinatown - Uwajimaya, Wing Luke Asian Museum
53. Woodland Park Zoo


You can go also to these places if you have time
Leavenworth
La Conner
San Juan Islands
Oak Harbor
Deception Pass
Ocean Shores
Mt. Rainier
Chateau St. Michael Winery
Olympic Peninsula
Vancouver, Canada
Victoria, Canada

Festivals/Events in Seattle

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival - Skagit Valley Tulip Fields, Mt. Vernon - 360-428-5059 for more information
Seattle Film Festival - AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pines St., Seattle - 206-324-9996
Seattle Pride Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St &4th Ave Downtown -206-322-9561
Family 4th at Lake Union Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle -206-281-7788
Seafair 4th Ave, 2nd Ave & King St.
Torchlight Parade
Air Show
Hydroplane Race
Bite of Seattle, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle -206-283-5050
Bumbershoot Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle-206-281-7788
Issaquah Salmon Days Festival Issaquah Downtown- 425-392-0661
Christmas Ship Festival of Argosy Cruises Pier 55, Seattle - 206-623-1445
Space Needle Fireworks Space Needle, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle- 206-904-2100
Northwest Flower & Garden Show Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, -206-789-5333
Seattle International Film Festival

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Diversed City, Diversed Restaurants
  • Cons:Expensive parking, heavy traffic, confusing roads signs.
  • In a nutshell:City of Seattle is one of the best places to live!
  • Last visit to Seattle: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 7, 2012
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  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Love the picture of us all at Kerry Park! Thanks for sharing.

    • joiwatani's Profile Photo
      Jan 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Thanks! I enjoyed your company! Hope to see you again one of these days...

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Will come back and read up on Seattle, you have got so many tips :) Looking forward to the VT-meet there in August :D

    • joiwatani's Profile Photo
      Jan 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Thanks, Regina! I am still hoping to go to your country! We have a direct flight from Seattle! I missed the Icelandair promo! It was only less than $500 roundtrip! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jan 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Oh, dear, this is an old comment. I couldn´t make it to Seattle as my VT-friend cancelled on me. I hope you will be able to find a cheap flight to Iceland - look me up if you do :D

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    thanks for your recent visit to my pages! Seattle is my husband's hometown, but I haven't been there since 2003, so a virtual tour has to suffice for now. You've got lots of good Tips!

  • kemisteryoso's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    great tips... the festival there is very similar with the folklorama festival of Winnipeg which celebrates diversity.

  • Rich62's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Wonderful tips on a great city! I have been to Seattle and look forward to coming again sometime.

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    Great tips!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Airmiles being saved for Seattle world meet, and going to Kona with you for lunch ;-)))

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    great page with good tips and photos - would love to visit some day

  • SORHUS's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    happy birthday from norway , hope you had a great day

  • mariaschmidt's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    Just starting to plan a trip that includes Seattle and I am glad to come upon your comprehensive pages - thanks :-)

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