Seattle is known for its forward-thinking, hipster culture when it comes to healthy, organic foods. See the best of the best of what this city has to offer at Pike Market. Here you can sample and buy from the many craftsmen, farmers, and merchants, and don't forget to stop between these and check out the small collectibles stores, family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. Perched atop a steep hill overlooking Elliot Bay, this area is truly a special tribute to the supporting of local, small-time businesses that Seattle represents.
Seattle is known for its farmers' markets and for its (live) music scene, so it would be wise to experience it while you're in town. This venue has seen Seattle through many of the popular musical eras, including jazz and grunge, with the likes of Pearl Jam and Duke Ellington performing behind its doors. It is still an active contributor to the city's music scene, hosting around 200 acts a year. The Showbox has an impressive variety of genres and talents performing, ranging from Modest Mouse, Coldplay, and Ice Cube, to Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews, and Kanye West. Be sure to book tickets or at least check out the venue and stay for drinks!
Seattle's location adjacent to the ocean, with little islands spattered around close to shore, makes it a great opportunity to take a ferry ride. Ferry schedules to the islands of Puget Sound can be found online and leave regularly throughout the day. Pick an island such as Bainbridge, Vashon, or Whidbey, and have yourself a wonderful day trip. Some of the islands boast some charming little farms to peruse, and others have excellent restaurants and seafood joints that are worth the visit.
One of Seattle's most alluring aspects is the fact that part of it sits right on the ocean. Waterfront Park allows you to get some of the best views of the shore and beyond with its many viewing platforms and telescopes located along the pier. On the south end you can find the large statue of Christopher Columbus gazing out at the ocean. Waterfront fountain is also a quite the site to see, with its welded bronze look. Take part of a lazy afternoon to snap some pictures with friends or family with the pier and ocean in the background and rest at a picnic table to plan your evening together.
This enchanting zoological garden is home to much more than your average animal. The zoo has more than 1,000 plant species, over 50,000 shrubs and herbs, and roughly 7,000 different kinds of trees to read about and explore. In addition to its 300 animal species, it is important to note that there are also 35 endangered and 5 threatened species on the premises. It has won awards for its world-class exhibits which includes an immersion exhibit of gorillas, a tropical rainforest with everything from jaguars to lemurs and poison arrow frogs, and a northern trail, housing gray wolves, foxes, mountain goats, grizzly bears, and bald eagles.