The largest city in the Pacific Northwest with a deep connection to its natural surroundings, Seattle is the capital of Washington and a dynamic blend of outdoor experiences, indoor attractions, and a hub for startups and tech.
The Emerald City, named for its evergreens, is a beloved seaport destination with a growing environmentally-conscious culinary culture and sensitivity to locally-sourced organic ingredients. With a dated music scene that stuck around well after grunge and home to the nation’s greatest number of arts-related businesses per capita, Seattle is a city that sticks to its guns but continues to evolve where it counts.
Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen as the Experience Music Project in 2000, what is now the Museum of Pop Culture is a nonprofit museum dedicated to music, science fiction, and public programming, including an annual 21-and-under battle-of-the-bands. Exhibits include famous costumes, set pieces from fantasy and sci-fi films, and a multi-story sculpture of guitars.
Named after a wondrous beast found in Japanese mythology, Nue is an assemblage of disparate parts joining to form something beautiful and fierce. Described by The Seattle Times as “magically entering a volume of Culinaria,” the memorabilia-bejeweled Nue restaurant boasts a crew of passionate, well-traveled cooks creating explorative dishes drawn from far off places.
An emblem of Seattle’s stake in science and technology, and its skyline’s greatest icon, the futuristic-style Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and recently revamped with the world’s first rotating glass floor. Take the elevator 520-feet up to the indoor/outdoor observation decks for 360-degree views of America’s pristine Northwest and surrounding mountain range.