Encircled by evergreens and mountains, Seattle suits its nickname of Emerald City. Hit hiking trails up to glacier-capped peaks or cruise past the waterfront for skyline views defined by a futuristic, alien-like tower. Leave nature behind to explore the music venues that inspired grunge greats and indie darlings, popping in to a centuries-old farmers market and countless coffee shops for local flavour and fuel along the way.

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From music to food, there are tons of cool things to do in Seattle. For cultural history, don't miss the fun Museum of Pop Culture, one of the best museums in Seattle. Look down at the city from the top of the Space Needle and eat your way through Pike Place Market, home to the first ever Starbucks. Find the best Seattle hotels near the waterfront or in neighbourhoods like Capitol Hill.

SEATTLE TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

LANGUAGE

English

WHAT TO EAT

Fish and seafood dishes like salmon and clam chowder from Pike Place Market, a Seattle dog (hot dog with cream cheese), dairy delights from Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Seattle-style teriyaki and giant Dutch Baby pancakes (a puffy baked treat first cooked right here!).

WHAT TO BRING BACK

Salted caramels from Fran’s Chocolate (Barack Obama’s fave candy!), a coffee mug from the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market, actual coffee beans from smaller roasters like Lighthouse or Fonté and craft beers from local breweries like Elysian Brewing.

FUN FACT

It’s perhaps ironic that the city that gave the world Starbucks is also responsible for the birth of grunge, a loud and angsty music genre known as the Seattle sound. From the mid-80s on, bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and, of course, Nirvana, made their debut in the shadow of the Space Needle. London Bridge Studio and Sub Pop Records, as well as iconic venues like The Crocodile, Re-Bar and the Central, are go-to grunge landmarks to visit.

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.