Seattle is known as “The Emerald City”. It’s the cultural center of the Pacific Northwest. Water defines this city. It sits on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington.
Rain makes it the Emerald City, and it does have plenty of rain, but despite its reputation, it is more often cloudy than it is rainy…. In fact, it receives less rain that New York City and most east coast cities! There many nice days for exploring.
Seattle is the home of industries and entrepreneurs from Boeing Aircraft Corporation to Bill Gates and Microsoft to Starbucks coffee. And don’t forget Amazon.com!
Pioneer Square is the city’s very first neighborhood, covering about 20 square blocks of Victorian type architecture. How do you want to see it? There are guided walking tours, horse drawn buggy tours, or you can explore on your own. There are fine art galleries and boutique stores for shopping. It is a great area for nightlife.
There is an underground city beneath Pioneer Square. After the Great Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ashes. Take a guided tour UNDER the city’s sidewalks and streets…. through the hidden subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown.
Take the waterfront streetcar from Pioneer Square along the waterfront to Pike Place Market. These vintage streetcars take you to destinations in and near Pioneer Square.
Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating farmers market in the U.S. It’s a high energy bazaar offering regional produce and seafood popular with tourists and locals alike. Watch fish fly at the Pike Place Fish Market…. and if you don’t know what we mean by that, you need to experience it.Continue Reading...