Seattle, WA

The city of Seattle has a long and storied history. Founded in the 1850s as a small logging town, Seattle has grown into a major metropolitan city. Today, Seattle is known for its vibrant cultural scene, its thriving tech industry, and its beautiful natural scenery.

The city’s history is shaped by its geography. Seattle is located on a narrow strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. This location helped the city to grow into a major port city. Seattle’s location also makes it a popular destination for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and fishing.

The city’s history is also shaped by its people. Native Americans have lived in the Seattle area for nearly four thousand years. In the mid to late 1800s however, several European and American expeditions led to the city growing in population and infrastructure. The city’s population has always been diverse, and today it is home to people from all over the world. Seattle has a rich history that is worth exploring, as well as new modern city-escapades to discover.

Top Attractions and Things To Do

Looking for something fun to do in Seattle? Look no further! Here are some cool things to check out in the Emerald City:

1. Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel – one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world! 2. Visit the Pike Place Market – a historic market with fresh produce, seafood, and more 3. Walk through the beautiful Seattle Japanese Garden
4. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the Space Needle
5. Check out the Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, for a dose of pop culture history
6. Stroll through the stunningly landscaped Volunteer Park
7. Take a ride on the Seattle Center Monorail for a quick and easy way to get around
8. Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit to see the incredible glass art of Dale Chihuly
9. Sample some delicious craft beer at one of Seattle’s many breweries
10. Enjoy the fresh air and incredible views on a hike through one of Seattle’s many parks

Essential Eats

Seattle is home to many different cultures and cuisines. Further, due to its geographical location, there is a very accoladed seafood-scene in Seattle that really encompasses the city’s history and culture. Here are the best 10 places to eat while in Seattle.

Ono Authentic Hawaiian Poke
This restaurant is loved by many that visit Seattle, and those that reside in Seattle as well. It is known for having some of the freshest and most high quality poke in the Seattle area, with amazing flavors.
The Walrus and Carpenter
A fairly newer restaurant, Walrus and Carpenter captures the essence is a relaxed pub vibe, while serving up seriously good high quality restaurant eating. Their clams and oysters are an absolute must-have.
The Chicken Supply
The Chicken Supply is one of the best fried chicken restaurants in the country, and with good reason. The founders–Paolo Campbell and Donald Adams–previously were in the fine dining business, but ventured out to create this restaurant. The food is served with delicious Filipino sides, and the fried chicken itself is made with a gluten free batter!
Honey Hole
With two locations, Honey Hole whips up some of the best sandwiches in the Pacific Northwest. Locals and visitors alike rave about one sandwich in particular–the Fast Eddie sandwich. On your trip to Seattle, be sure to stop by and grab one before you leave!
Un Bien
Another great sandwich spot in Seattle that is incomparable to Honey Hole, is Un Bien. They serve up tasty Caribbean cuisine and sandwiches that are bursting with flavor. And the best part? There’s two locations.
Anchorhead Coffee
Anchorhead Coffee is the perfect place for your afternoon pickup or for your morning wake-up. The ambience is uniquely Seattle, with comfortable low lighting and cozy seating.
I Love Teriyaki
What many visitors don’t know about Seattle, is that the city’s love for Teriyaki is both historic and unlike anything you will see elsewhere. With that being said, I Love Teriyaki is both really good, and comforting–it perfectly captures what teriyaki means to Seattle.
Pho Bac
Seattle is known for its wet and cold winters. A good trade off for this, however, is Pho Bac. They have some of the best tasting pho in potentially the nation, with very nice plating, care, and flavors. Their standout dish that’s a must-try is the short rib pho.
If you’re a seafood purist and lover, Seabird should definitely be on your radar. With some Japanese cuisine undertones, Seabird really highlights the best parts of the seafood scene in Seattle.
Shiki Japanese
Of course, you can’t leave Seattle without eating fresh seafood. Shiki is an underdog within the city’s immense population of sushi heavy hitters. The food is prepared wonderfully, and the head chef even has a license to prepare blowfish.

Rent A Home For Your Next Visit

While Seattle is an amazing city to visit, while planning your vacation, it may be hard to find trustworthy vacation rental properties that are perfect for you. Book with Valta Realty for your next stay in the Emerald City.