"To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen." - Tom Robbins
As I have noted elsewhere, Seattle is a city that moves by its own vibe. With a spectacular cultural center, the aptly-named Seattle Center, a well-established and vibrant nightlife, and a real sense of its own identity, Seattle is both a highly urban place but also one more in touch with its natural surroundings than most of the other big cities in this country.
Perhaps it is because from even the most central parts of downtown you are no more than an hour away (barring traffic, of course) from some of the most stunning scenery in the world. North, up the eastern side of Puget Sound is a festival of destinations, including the passageway to the San Juan Islands (frequently described as one of the most beautiful island chains in North American). South and East is the vast Mount Rainier. And West, just across the sound, lies the majestic beauty of the Olympic National Park.
|Seattle Center's Experience Music Project|
|The famous "Flying Fish" counter at Pike Place|
|Bill Speidel's excellent "Underground Tour"|
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Pike Place Market
Washington State Ferries
|The Emerald City from the observation platform of the Needle|