Christened "The Emerald City", Seattle
is known as one of the most livable cities in the world and actually receives
less annual rainfall (36 inches) than New York
Surrounded by lakes, rivers, Puget Sound, and mountains, Seattle is a recreation enthusiasts' dream.
In the summer, water sports are only 10 minutes away and winter sports, such as
snow skiing and snowboarding, are only 45 minutes away.
The greater Seattle
area is home to 2.7 million people. Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Eddie Bower,
REI and Starbucks coffee are based here. Seattle
is also known as the birthplace of the recent crazes for grunge rock and
espresso coffee. This area is the home of baseball's Edgar Martinez of the
Seattle Mariners, glass art's Dale Chihuly, musicians Pearl Jam, Soundgarden,
Queensryche, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, software giant Bill Gates,
maestro Gerard Schwartz, actor Tom Skerritt, writers Ann Rule, Robert Fulghum,
and Tom Robbins.
City of Seattle
Seattle Visitors Guide
Seattle Virtual Tour
City of Seattle Homepage
Seattle Restaurant Guide
Newspapers & Weekly Magazines:
The Seattle Weekly
The Seattle Times
top of the list of places to visit is U.W. itself, one of the loveliest campuses
in the U.S.
Here's a virtual picture
tour. More campus walk information is given here; of
special note are the Burke
Museum, the campus tree
tour, the medicinal herb garden, the waterfronts and marshes that define the
south and east borders of the campus, and the Washington Park Arboretum, all of
which are a pleasure in spring and summer. Another very popular place to visit is
the vast faculty/student-owned cooperative bookstore, the "U Bookstore". However,
most of the tourists are elsewhere, as described below.
area is a bustling and safe region, especially during the day. An essential
tool for city tourists is this commercial clickable map which has
locations, descriptions, and links to all major sites of interest. A paper
version is available at information kiosks at the airport and elsewhere.
The Seatttle Center is
located on the grounds of the famous 1962 World's Fair
north of downtown. Get there from downtown on the Monorail.
Many of the city's most interesting, if not unusual, museums and attractions and
sports events are here.
We particularly recommend the Experience Music Project,
funded by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, which is an eclectic tribute to
25 years of popular music that culminated with Jimi Hendrix. The controversial building
is an eyepopping rendering of a smashed guitar designed by Frank Gehry (Bilbao
MoMA). Also of interest is the Pacific Science
Center, the former U.S Pavillion of the 1962 fair. The Seattle Repertory Theater, the Intiman Theater, Seattle Opera, and the Space Needle are here.
Seattle cultural and culinary scene
The arts and theaters scene rocks,
with more theaters per capita than New
York City! The lifestyle is diverse, the natives are
very hospitable, the downtown
restaurants and more
restaurants, and vegetarian
restaurants are among the best in the country, the night
life is vibrant, and the brewpubs
are famous around the world. Click the event guide.
If you are staying around the UW, check
District restaurant guide.