After almost twenty years on the national radar as the cultural center of cool, Seattle has yet to relinquish its gravitational pull. From the day Seattle installed the sci-fi Space Needle, it was obvious that this city was meant to be... a little different. Come find out why.
You'll want to start each day with a visit to the Pike Place Market and a cup of coffee. You're in Seattle! The coffee is bound to be good. And there's nothing like the spectacle of Seattle-style commerce to watch as you sip and greet the day. In a way, the Market is ground zero for American foodies-- here is where the farmers' market movement got its start, from Seattleites searching for the best of the best in coffee, fish, meat, and produce.
Another classic Seattle experience is the EMP Museum. Combining hard rock, sci-fi, and everything in between, the EMP is a pop culture gem. It's not just a destination for savvy adults, either-- an afternoon there will educate even the most cynical teenager. Current exhibits include an exhibit on the Rolling Stones' first US tour, the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, and the "Icons of Science Fiction." If you like that sort of thing, it might not be a bad idea to bookmark the museum's website, to stay on top of upcoming exhibits.
There are a million ways to entertain your brain in Seattle, and art is one of them. You don't necessarily need to go to a museum to experience art, either-- much of Seattle's art scene is not bound by four walls. Where else in the country but the Pacific Northwest do thought experiments like Dale Chihuly's "Bridge of Glass" find traction? Pay a visit to nearby Tacoma and see this masterpiece, along with others like it. Glass works are a regional specialty. Olympic Sculpture Park--another outdoors art experience--is worth your time as well. These installations complement the natural beauty of the Puget Sound, which they overlook. Artists congregate in Seattle. Whether you're at the galleries of Pioneer Square, or nowhere near civilization at all, you're never more than a stone's throw from the work of creative Seattleites.
It takes more than art and a few quirky places to make the PNW vibrant. Indeed it is technical and scientific innovation that paved the way for Seattle's rise, and that heritage is celebrated every day at the world's leading companies, like Microsoft and Amazon.com, both headquartered in the Seattle area. If you want to inspire your kids to consider a high-tech career path, take them to the Pacific Science Center, where they can learn about the scientific and technological discoveries that shaped the modern world.
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