Must-see attractions in the Emerald City

Must-see attractions in the Emerald City

There are plenty of reasons to visit Seattle. After all, the Jet City is the Gateway to Alaska and the Gateway to the Pacific. I just want to ensure that you know exactly where to go and what sights to see to make your trip to Seattle totally complete if you ever decide to visit. A visit to the Emerald City is well worth your time and money.

According to a 2011 Walk Score study, Seattle was the sixth most walkable city in the United States. But, still I would recommend a bus ride through downtown Seattle where you can catch a glimpse of the 76-story Columbia Center and the iconic Space Needle that has been featured in hit TV shows like Frasier and Grey’s Anatomy and is a symbol of Seattle.

Other than that, it really depends on what you like. I am not a big fan of the performing arts, but Seattle is a regional hub spot for the performing arts and has been so for some time now. Be sure to check out the Seattle Opera and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. As for the music scene, Seattle is the home of a type of genre called grunge music. Moreover, musicians like Quincy Jones, rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot and Kenny G call Seattle home!

There are several museums and galleries in the Emerald City to visit for all you enthusiasts with the Henry Art Gallery and the Frye Art Museum to name a couple. If you're in town during sports seasons, you should definitely catch the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks in action. That is something that I would definitely be doing as there is no bigger football and basketball fan than myself. I am also a fan of colleges and I would make a trip to one of the finest academic institutions this country has to offer: the University of Washington.

If you are going to visit Seattle in the summer around May or June then you will be just in time for the prominent Seattle International Film Festival. There is plenty to see in Seattle, including Discovery Park, which is a great place to look at wildlife and Green Lake Park, which is great for running. Make sure to enjoy a cruise as well on the waters of the Pacific Northwest as you soak in the sights and sounds of a great American city!