Quirky and eclectic, Seattle has one of the most distinctive skylines in the world, made famous by Hollywood films and series. Claiming the distinction as America’s northern-most major city, Seattle is a city of famous entrepreneurs; home to such industry giants as Microsoft, Starbucks and Boeing.
Head for the very first Starbucks, which opened in 1971 and today retains its original look. It’s located across from the colourful Pike Place market, which was founded in 1907 and offers fresh produce, unique foods and handmade arts and crafts. Pioneer Square, which dates back to 1852, lies at the heart of Seattle’s original downtown area. The Romesque-style brick and stone buildings serve as a backdrop to a range of bookstores, cafes and art galleries. There are plenty of panoramic views in store for visitors who make it up the 520ft high Seattle Space Needle. The Observation Deck at the top of the structure offers 360° views of Seattle, and a revolving restaurant.