Home to the original Starbucks, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market, Seattle is a vibrant metropolis with a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for delicious seafood, craft beer or an exceptional cup of joe, Seattle delivers when it comes to quenching your thirst and satiating your culinary desires. Those specialty cups of coffee pair well with the Seattle weather, as there are approximately 150 days of rain a year. As a local, it makes sense to invest in a raincoat, as well as some sturdy walking shoes to explore this highly walkable city. Seattle has a thriving art and cultural scene, ranging from the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum to the Fremont Solstice Parade. If you’re the outdoorsy type, Seattle is an ideal place for you. The Emerald City earned its nickname due to the abundance of greenery in and around the city year round, and locals can enjoy everything from scenic hikes around Mount Rainier to paddle boarding on Lake Union.
Historically a separate city with deep Scandanavian roots, Ballard has grown into one of Seattle’s hippest neighborhoods. Centered around Ballard Avenue, you’ll find everything from early morning market goers to late night partiers, and everything in between. Check out Ballard Farmer’s Market on Sundays, and make sure to marvel at the engineering feat of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.
One neighborhood split into four distinct segments depending on where you are on the hill that makes up the local topography, Queen Anne has a lot going on. The lower area is situated right against downtown, and is the happening part of the neighborhood. As you move towards the East and West areas, Queen Anne becomes more residential, and culminates in North Queen Anne, home to Seattle Pacific University and the most low-key of the four areas.
Located across Lake Washington, Bellevue is technically not a part of Seattle, but a city in its own right. Whether you want easy access to the great outdoors or want to pamper yourself with luxury shopping, Bellevue has something to offer.
The Chinatown-International District is the center of Seattle’s Asian community. If you like Asian-inspired cuisine, you’ll find everything from noodle houses to dim sum in this neighborhood. Hing Hay Park is great for strolling, and the pinball museum will provide entertainment for hours. This neighborhood is great whether you live there or are just stopping by for the cultural experience.