Seattle, the West Coast birthplace of the Grunge music scene and the Boeing plane company, is the largest city in the State of Washington, not to be confused with the country’s capital, Washington DC. The city is a splendid mix of cultural venues, quirky attractions and lush green spaces that have led to the city being nicknamed ‘The Emerald City’. Book your car hire in Seattle with easyCar and get to exploring everything that Seattle has to offer.
An imposing 184 metres high, The Space Needle, which was constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair, is the tallest building not only in Seattle, but also in the state of Washington. Lifts will propel you up 160 metres at a speed of up to 10 miles per hour, affording you breathtaking views of the downtown Seattle skyline, the lush temperate climate of the nearby Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges, plus Elliott Bay. And it’s not just an observation deck at the top, you can also dine in style at the rotating restaurant whilst taking all these views in. We suggest reserving your table now for a romantic sunset dinner!
For the shopaholics among you, why not mosey around Pike Place Market, one of America’s oldest year-long public farmers’ markets? Attracting more than 10 million visitors annually, the market, which opened in 1907, has two levels. On the lower level, there is a vast array of unique shops and stalls, selling everything from antiques to comics and other collectibles. The upper level plays host to stalls selling produce from local fishmongers, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, as well as artisanal handicrafts. There really is a certain buzz in the air as the vendors toss fish at each other whilst laughing and making jokes, an occurrence that has become just as famous as the market itself. Undoubtedly, there will be something here to tickle your fancy (and maybe your pursestrings).
Having enjoyed Seattle by sky and by land, take in the sights by sea via a trip on the Washington State Ferries, which commute between various points along the Puget Sound inlet. The Seattle-Bainbridge Island ferry allows for nice views of Mount Rainer and the Seattle Skyline. Once arrived at Bainbridge Island, take a stroll through Winslow, the island’s quaint downtown area, a sleepy contrast to Seattle’s metropolitan atmosphere.
Arts and Culture:
Seattle’s cultural tradition is every bit as diverse as it is enjoyable. When Seattle’s weather gets a bit too…ahem…mild, a trip to one of Seattle’s assorted museums is definitely on order. Seattle Art Museum houses works and artefacts of all forms, including sculpture and decorative arts, from all parts of the world including Africa, Asia, Oceana and Ancient Greece.
If science and technology is more your thing, then Boeing’s Future of Flight centre and Tour is just for you! The aviation museum, a half hour journey North by car hire Seattle in nearby Mukilteo, offers a tour of Boeing’s production plant, along with a 2600 metre squared gallery with interactive and fixed exhibits. Step into a genuine Boeing 727 cockpit and see how it works, or take a high-octane virtual trip to Egypt in the Innovator flight simulator for an experience that is anything but plane(!)
For a retro escapade that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere, the Seattle Pinball Museum is the perfect spot! Regress to your most innocent days through a series of 50 ever-changing games. Vintage sodas and snacks as well as craft beers and ciders are also sold to complete your nostalgia trip.
Last but not least, get into the Seattle spirit by supporting one of the city’s major league teams at their stadiums, all of which lie a mere 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Seattle. Adjacent to Seattle’s downtown area is CenturyLink Field, home to NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC. Alternatively revel in America’s pastime at the nearby Safeco Field and watch a Seattle Mariners baseball game.