Seattle: The Emerald City
Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities of the Pacific Northwest and also its largest. Surrounded by untouched nature the city is the perfect spot for outdoor and adventure lovers but also offers an exciting and vibrant nightlife.
The gay-friendly city of Seattle is one of the big gay nightlife centers on the US West Coast. There are about two dozen gay bars in the city, most of them located in the gay area called Capitol Hill.
Seattle´s habitants are mostly liberal and open-minded people.
The gay nightlife and bigger clubs are centered on the Pike Corridor. Here you can find different gay clubs that get very crowded at the weekends.
Madison Park Beach is Seattle’s unofficial gay beach. You’ll find families and straights on the south side though, so stick to the north section if you’re more interested in getting in contact with some hot boys while soaking up some sunshine.
Sight Seeing and Activities
Seattle is an unparalleled base for nature lovers, and it has built a relaxed vibe that caters to a lifestyle facilitated by the natural environs. Outdoor activities including camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, and climbing are popular seasonally. People from all over the world come to Seattle to start their outdoor adventures from there every year.
The Pike Place Market is definitely Seattle´s most popular attraction. This historic, beloved downtown public market has been in business since 1907. It’s a year-round farmers market and a visual riot of vegetable, seafood, cheese and flower stalls along with handicrafts and tourist-friendly knickknacks. Vendors at Pike Place Fish Market gleefully toss salmon to each other and crack jokes, always drawing a crowd at the fish stall by the market’s main entrance.
The Space Needle is the city’s icon and it gives a great view of the city from the top. Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, it’s 605 feet tall and looks like a spaceship on stilts.
Seattle’s Chinatown is almost as old as the city, emerging in the 1880s. Now also called the International District, it’s been a cultural center for Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino and other immigrants. It’s full of good Asian restaurants and shops. The Wing Luke Museum that chronicles the life and experiences of Pacific and Asian Americans in the area is located here as well.
Shopping in Downtown Seattle is an experience in itself. With more than 1,000 different retailers large and small, Downtown is a regional shopping destination providing a blend of top national retailers and independent boutiques that you cannot find anywhere else.
As the hub of Seattle’s University District, University Village is an attractive open-air complex that features popular hometown outdoor clothes and young fashion.
If you like it more fancy, Pacific Place is your mall. The extravagant mall is five floors filled with high-quality shops, some standout restaurants and a cinema.
Seattle offers everything that you expect from a today´s modern metropolis but it´s also the right place for adventure and outdoor lovers. Go there and feel the spirit of this many-sided city!