Whether it's your 30 day grace period, or you have some vacation time, there are lots of ways to experience the United States during your au pair year in America. This series will give you a head start of things to do and things to see in some of the most popular cities in the U.S.
Seattle is known as the Emerald City (because of its lush greenery!) and in recent years its food, coffee and music scene have made it a mecca. Seattleites love coffee, the outdoors and are always looking for a good time.
"Seattle is such a beautiful city and the people were so kind. Plus Mt. Rainier is great if you love to hike, in fact my favorite part of the trip was walking a trail with friends" - Kristine
The Pike Place Market is a top destination in Seattle and is a great introduction to the city. The market was built in 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. You’ll be overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells - plus get some great views of the city skyline and the Puget Sound.
Don’t miss the famous fish throwers, the great gum wall or the very first Starbucks!
Seattle has tons of greenspace not far from the city that you can explore. Hike in Discovery Park, Volunteer Park, or Gasworks Park. All of them have great views and you can learn about the history of the city.
Seattle has some great shopping downtown, and not too far away is the Seattle Center which houses the Space Needle, Experience Music Project and The Chihuly Glass Museum, which are 3 great ways to spend an afternoon.
What to Eat: There are so many different types of food in Seattle! Hit up the International District for just that - foods from all over the world with a heavy focus on Asian cuisine. Check out Capitol Hill for modern options, or experience two hometown favorites Ivar’s or Dicks Drive-In.
When to Visit: Summer in Seattle (July –September) is one of the best times to visit, as you can expect clear sunny days with temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s with no rain or humidity. The Spring and Fall are also great times to visit. During the winter there are mountains only an hour or 2 from the city where you can participate in winter sports.
Nearest Cities: Many people enjoy visiting the unique islands surrounding the Seattle Area. If you are short on time, a Ferry ride to Bainbridge, Vashon or Whidbey Island can be a fun way to spend a day. For a longer trip, check out some of the San Juan Island chains- you might even see a few Orca Whales from your Ferry!
Nearest Airports: Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
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