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Did you know Seattle is built on top of another city? Or that it is the home of the world's longest floating bridge? Or that real-life superheroes once patrolled its streets?

With its cozy combination of overcast skies paired with a continuously sunny outlook, Seattle has always been that comforting city people from all walks of life have daydreamed about visiting, or living in, at one time or another. Throw in quirky, distinctive architecture, an endless amount of eclectic outdoor activities and cultural experiences, and a spirit that is simultaneously entrepreneurial and rebellious- what do you get? An unforgettable and iconic city that symbolizes all that is enchanting about the Pacific Northwest.

Although rain, coffee, and nostalgic grunge music come to mind whenever Seattle is mentioned, the city has long been at the forefront of technological advances and has had an undeniably significant cultural impact that has reverberated to touch and affect all corners of the country, like ripples in the giant pond that is the United States. 

The Emerald City

Surrounded by the towering mountain ranges of the Olympics and the Cascades and bordered by the calming waters of Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, Seattle is close in proximity to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the nation. The area's vibrant evergreens and lush landscapes gave rise to Seattle's nickname, the Emerald City.

Visitors flock to Seattle in droves each year, many to see landmarks made popular by the film industry or to sample the coffee roasteries and craft breweries for which the city is famous. Shop for fresh local seafodd and sides at one of the largest continuously-operated farmers market in the country. Take time to visit the Troll Under the Bridge and stroll through a tranquil indoor rainforest or on one of the many shaded paths through Forest Park

Seattle After Dark

With the sunset and its cascading sparkles reflecting across the Seattle riverfront comes Seattle by Junket nighttime premium experiences. These unique tours make the city's energetic nightlife explode like a bucket of fireworks with memorable evening experiences that sing siren songs attracting tastes from all sections of the travel spectrum. Prepare for an evening like no other as we take you on an unforgettable journey through Seattle's history, hauntings, art & culture, food and drink scene, and anything and everything local to The Emerald City

Take in the creepy legends of the city with a shot of liquid courage during the Seattle Haunted Pub Crawl or discover the fascinating background of Seattle's cannabis industry with the Seattle Cannabis Experience. Learn more about the city's Pride movement on the Seattle LGBTQ+ Tour, and get a firsthand look at Seattle's coffee history, plus a chance to try several of its most coveted brews, with the Seattle Coffee Tour.

Join expert local guides as they introduce you to the city's ominous past and hidden secrets on the celebrated Seattle Terrors tour. This one-of-a-kind tour reveals a thrilling collection of the most haunted locations in the city where you will:

In addition to the Junket Seattle Experience, the city abounds with a stunning bevy of cultural attractions, from diverse neighborhoods and natural wonders to impressive opportunities for shopping and dining. Some of the most popular Seattle sights include:

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Seattle History

Seattle is located on the traditional lands of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes among others who occupied the area for thousands of years before the arrival of white settlers in 1851.

George Vancouver was the first European to visit the Seattle area, in 1792, while on an expedition to chart the Pacific Northwest. In 1851, a party of settlers led by Luther Collins established a small village on the eastern shore of Puget Sound and called it Seattle, after the chieftain of the resident Native American tribes, who welcomed them to the are.

Gateway to the Klondike

Inspired by the seemingly endless supply of forest, some of the original settlers established a site for a sawmill that would be powered by a steam engine, turning the budding settlement into an important logging town. With the aid of animals, woodcutters slid, or "skidded" cut timber down a greased logging road to the sawmill. This "skid road" would soon separate Seattle's wealthy neighborhoods from the mill, and the name evolved into "skid row", a term that refers to the poorer and seedy area of a city.

The advent of the transcontinental railroad, the demand for lumber, and the development of a port that increased shipping activity cuase an influx of growth in the city over a few decades. But it would be a dream of vast riches that would dramatically transform Seattle.

In 1897, a ship from Alaska carrying prospectors and "a tone of gold" dug out of Canada's Yukon territory docked in Seattle, igniting a rush of gold fever that drew thousands to the port city.

Seattle was proclaimed far and wide as the "Gateway to the Gold Fields"- where prospectors could obtain the goods needed for a mining expedition to the Klondike. The torrent of people and money that flowed through Seattle dramatically transformed the port city into a booming and prosperous metropolis.

"Don't get excited and rush away only half prepared. You are going to a country where grub is more valuable than gold and frequently can't be bought for any price. We can fit you out quicker and better than any firm in town."

Cooper & Levy, The Seattle Times, 1897

Dawn of a New Era

Despite occasional downturns, including a devastating fire in 1889 that inspired a brand-new city to be built, Seattle's economic and population growth continued into the 20th century. The advent of Microsoft and other computer companies led the way in establishing Seattle as a technology titan, and tech industry opportunities replaced the lure of gold for new arrivals to the city. The establishment of the popular coffee chain Starbucks and retail giant Amazon secured Seattle's status as a forerunner in cultural and technological advancement.

An increasingly diverse population profoundly broadened Seattle's landscape and character, giving rise to an image of a city that is ever-changing and always looking to the future. 

Seattle Today

Frontier of the Future

Known for its evergreen forests and miles of lakeshore against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Seattle boasts a combination of natural wilderness and urban beauty, with striking architecture and bold street art interspersed with abundant green spaces and a lively Seattle Today Photo

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With one of the nation's most bustling cannabis industries, a coffee-brewing phenomenon, a revered food scene featuring some of the best seafood in the country, and a rich musical history including the creation of its own genre, Seattle is the poster child for paving the way for a new way of doing things. Everything from small neighborhood coffee shops to Fortune 500 companies thrive in Seattle's pioneering atmosphere, contributing to its status as the capital of culture in the Pacific Northwest. 

"To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen."

Tom Robbins

Although the city receives a great deal of rainfall each year, Seattle is brimming with outdoor fun- from hiking in national parks to kayaking on Lake Union, skydiving over Mount Rainier, sailing along Elliott Bay, and much more. Music and food festivals are the highlights of the warmer seasons and ferries convey sightseers across the Puget South to the San Juan Islands, an ideal spot for whale watching.

Adventure awaits you in Seattle, where the stunning beauty of nature meets the vibrant culture of a city that has it all. For the ideal American cultural destination, the Emerald City offers a lively and intriguing atmosphere just waiting to be explored. Make plans for a memorable travel experience today!

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