Seattle by the sea
by Contributed - Story: 82022
Oct 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
Oct 22, 2012 / 5:00 am
With a total area of 83.9 square miles, Seattle has a population of just over 600,000 and lies on seven hills including Capitol Hill, First Hill, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, Magnolia, Denny Hill and Queen Anne. The Kitsap and the Olympic peninsulas along with the Olympic mountains lie to the west of Puget Sound, while the Cascade Range and Lake Sammamish lie to the east of Lake Washington. The lush green forests and the numerous water bodies have provided livelihood for many hunting and gathering communities dating back 4000 years. With an extensive and colourful history, Seattle is a history buff's dream come true travel destination. But it's not all about history. With rich culture and a lively art scene, Seattle offers a wide variety of activities for all ages and groups including urban entertainment day and night with world-class theatre and restaurants, and access to a variety of outdoor adventures in three national parks—Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and the North Cascades National Park.
Pike Place Market, Space Needle, fresh & local seafood, locally-brewed beer and home to the first ever Starbucks which opened in 1971. The Seattle Visitor Center on the first floor of the Washington State Convention Center, at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street, and the Market Information Center, located in the Pike Place Market provide complimentary brochures and information, make dinner reservations, arrange transportation and book a wide variety of personal services including spa and salon appointments and flower deliveries. These two places are excellent resources for a first time visitor. Make sure you stop by and check out the information boards so you don't miss anything exciting going on in the city !
With weather patterns and temperatures almost exactly mimicking that of Vancouver BC, visiting anytime of the year is easily done. Chat with your travel agent about getting there, where to stay and border regulations for entering the USA.
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