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You're Going to Love Seattle

The capital of America’s Northwest, Seattle, is often overlooked but for those who make the trip, it’s a hard city to forget. Tech nexus, laid-back bohemian haven, gateway to some of the most beautiful coastlines in the United States, a destination for musical pilgrims – Seattle has plenty going on that visitors will love.

For many people, Seattle is famous as the birthplace of the grunge scene, but the city’s musical heritage stretches way beyond Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Whether you’re into indie bands, world music or hip-hop, Seattle’s music scene is diverse and constantly evolving.

In the city where Starbucks was founded the coffee is spectacular, but Seattle also has a thriving network of restaurants, pop-ups, and breweries. The salmon is some of the freshest you’ll ever taste, while in Cascade hop country, micro-brews are on tap everywhere.

It’s also easy to get away from the bustle, with some gorgeous beaches just a couple of hours drive away, hiking paths through the Cascade Mountains and plenty of ski resorts, all within fifty miles of the city center. It means that visitors can enjoy the sights and culture of Seattle and commune with nature, all on the same trip. There're not many cities that can offer you that kind of blend.

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Seattle is a great destination for both winter and summer breaks. The colder months will suit winter sports fans, with the city hosting a wide range of Christmas music events as well. Spring is an excellent time for foodies to visit, with Seattle Restaurant Week taking place in April, while summer is the season for outdoor music festivals like Bumbershoot (and a good time to sample local brews, with the Washington Brewers Festival in June). In the fall, you can catch a Seahawks game and take advantage of out of season accommodation bargains, so there’s really no bad time to visit.

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Where to Stay in Seattle

Seattle has an excellent range of accommodation options. If you are into elegant period furnishings, the Hotel Sorrento (900 Madison S) is ideal, while the Four Seasons is a solid family hotel in a central location (99 Union St). City Hostel (2327 2nd Ave) is a good budget option while the Moore Hotel (1926 2nd Ave) is conveniently located for Pike’s Place market as well as having one of the city’s best music venues in the basement.

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Seattle isn’t the cheapest city in the US, but it’s definitely cheaper than eastern seaboard cities like New York. It’s also a great place to find obscure records and vintage clothing. If fashion is your passion, head to the boutiques of Ballard Avenue which is stuffed with bohemian vintage clothes stores. For more cutting edge fashion, Pike and Pine Streets are the place to be. If you’re after records, Fremont Avenue and NW Market Street are ideal crate digging spots, while for gourmet food lovers, Pike Place Market is the first port of call.

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Seattle isn’t only about markets and boutiques. You can also find major grocery chains like Trader Joe’s, along with regional chains like PCC Natural Markets and Fred Meyer. There are also a couple of Walmarts, Safeways, and Albertsons as well if you really need to save money during your stay.

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Where to Eat in Seattle

Seattle’s food scene is one of it's greatest attractions. If you want to sample the city’s superb seafood, there’s nowhere better than Pike Place Chowder where a bowl is around $11 and a lobster roll is $13. You can grab serious gourmet pizzas at Serious Pie (main courses from $15 to $20) or head to Musashi’s in Wallingford for top-quality sushi, priced between $12 and $20. For those who are willing to splurge, the Georgian is an excellent option. Located on University Street, it fuses French and American specialties. Expect a meal to cost upward from $100 with drinks included.

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