Welcome to Seattle
Vibrant city at the pinnacle of the tech scene characterized by evergreen forests and breathtaking natural surroundings
Home to Native Americans for thousands of years before European settlers arrived, Seattle first received its name in 1852 in honor of Chief Si'ahl, who led two local tribes. The city’s rich heritage has resulted in its vibrant, diverse population—including a thriving LGBT community.
Once the pinnacles of the logging and shipping industries, Seattle began flourishing as a tech-driven city in the 1980s when it became the backdrop for Microsoft’s headquarters, as Bill Gates is a proud Seattle native. Amazon was also initially founded in Seattle.
Software companies, biotechnology, and the overall surge of the tech industry helped boost the city’s economy and turn it into the bustling, hip city that leads the West Coast in cutting-edge technology, development, and innovation. Despite the industry boom, Seattle remains in touch with its natural splendor. It is famously called the “Emerald City” because it's filled with verdant, evergreen forests.
What to Love
- Diverse community
- Coffee haven
- Incredible culinary scene
- Gorgeous parks
- Public transportation
- Art and culture
People & Lifestyle
Over a dozen unique neighborhoods comprise Seattle, creating distinctive niches for residents to call home. Have you always wanted to live in a beach town? West Seattle might be the perfect place for you. Historic Pioneer Square is a fascinating place to live with several art museums and shops.
The younger crowd enjoys Ballard for its hip feel and proximity to the water and Fremont for its eclectic, artsy vibe. Capitol Hill and Bellevue are great for families, while University Square houses many University of Washington students. Regardless of your taste and style, you’re guaranteed to find a Seattle neighborhood perfectly suited to your lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
You’d be hard-pressed to find another place in the Pacific Northwest with as many culinary delights as Seattle. Dozens of celebrity chefs call the city home, and the local restaurants are trendsetters always on the verge of the most innovative new flavors and dishes.
For brunch, try authentic Middle Eastern fare at Manmoon or enjoy the outdoor patio with group games available at Citizen Coffee in Queen Anne.
As one of Seattle’s biggest industries, Seafood is a must. Rockcreek Restaurant has a menu bursting with creativity, while Shiro’s is the best sushi place in town.
Drinking like a local is a favored pastime of many, who often visit Seattle solely for the cideries, breweries, pubs, bars, and coffee shops.
Things to Do
There is so much to do in Seattle that the toughest thing will be deciding where to start. Do you want to experience the great outdoors or immerse yourself in the arts? Visit one of the world’s finest attractions or simply explore the diverse neighborhoods?
If you have the whole family in tow, kids included, then your best bet is spending a day at the Seattle Aquarium or Woodland Park Zoo. Learn about animals from across the globe and let your children go wild at the hands-on exhibits.
Immerse yourself in the Emerald City by hiking at Mount Rainier or Discovery Park. Ride your bike along the 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail or challenge yourself with the legendary trek from Seattle to Portland, a Northwest rite of passage.
As a huge city, Seattle is home to several distinguished public school systems and prestigious private schools.
It is also the location of the highly-respected University of Washington and several smaller, private universities, like Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University. The Seattle Colleges District System comprises a North, South, and Central college campus.