A dynamic blend of distinct neighborhoods, Seattle is a city characterized by its captivating, vibrant communities. The ever-evolving charm of neighborhoods like historic Capitol Hill and Fremont blend into culturally rich communities, like Ballard with its Scandinavian roots, or the captivating International District. With its promise of diversity and choice, Seattle remains a top choice for those who value new experiences and exploration—something new to do or see always awaits just down the street, or a quick light rail stop away!
Seattle residents and visitors alike especially enjoy taking advantage of the hustle and bustle of Downtown Seattle. While favorites like Pike Place Market and the Great Wheel are known for being tourist stops, the fresh local produce at the market is truly hard to beat, and we challenge you to find a better view than what the Great Wheel has to offer! For more jaw-dropping views, head to Discovery Park or the Arboretum to enjoy a peaceful retreat or a scenic vista—you just might even forget you’re in the city!
If you crave big crowds and excitement, then head to SoDo to take in a Seahawks, Mariners, or Sounders game. If the arts are more your style, attractions like the Seattle Art Museum might be more up your alley, and afterwards, catch an evening show at the Fifth Avenue Theatre or the Paramount Theatre. For dinner afterward… it’s hard to choose! A few of our favorites include Il Terrazzo Carmine’s for Italian in Downtown Seattle, the diverse cuisine of Salare in Ravenna, Un Bien for tantalizing Caribbean fare in Ballard, and Matt’s in the Market for Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine at Pike Place Market.
Seattle also offers a myriad of shopping opportunities—a few shopping centers like Westlake Center and Pacific Place rest alongside national staples like Nordstrom and Macy’s in Downtown Seattle. University Village is another popular one-stop shopping center, a sprawling hub of restaurants and shops in University District. Seattle also offers a wide range of unique, independent shopping spots, like Totokaelo, Elliott Bay Book Company, and Glasswing in Capitol Hill, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Georgetown, the Fremont Vintage Mall and Blue Owl Workshop in Fremont, Baby & Company in Downtown Seattle, and Baleen in Ballard.