Every city has its cultural icon. Typically this is a sports mascot (the Oregon Beavers or Detroit Lions, for example) but Seattle has got something different to brag about. The Fremont Troll (yes, a troll) was born in 1990, as part of the Fremont Arts Council’s movement to rehabilitate the area under the Aurora Bridge, which was becoming an unsightly haven for bad activity and trash dumping.
Though nestled on the windward side of the Cascade Mountain Range and known for its bountiful rainfall, Seattle is actually quite the beautiful city. For this reason, people can’t seem to get enough of a chance to try and glimpse its fantastic skyline. The Seattle Space Needle, Mt Rainier – Seattle’s got plenty of great vantage points, but where are the best ones, you ask?
Seattle has long been known to be counterculture. From the early grunge bands of the 90s to the origination of Starbucks and heavy rains, there’s always been something indescribable that makes Seattle the great city that it is.
Built for just $4.5 million, the Seattle Space Needle is the architectural icon of Seattle shown in just about every photograph of the skyline you’re liable to see. Erected for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, whose theme was the 21st Century, the Space Needle is not just an architectural wonder, but has helped to define Seattle’s collective psyche for a generation.
Oyster lovers rejoice! The Puget Sound and coastal flats which lie to the north and south mean Seattle’s got a stronghold on the oyster market. And though there’s plenty of availability, nowadays the oyster is shrouded in mystery. “Best not to eat them in the months containing the letter ‘R’,” some say, or the question on whether size matters is often raised, or whether or not farmed or fresh is important – all this leads to oyster confusion which doesn’t help the amateur oyster eater when it comes time to chow-down on one of the earth’s greatest foods.
Often referred to as the Soul of Seattle, the Pike Place Market encompasses nine acres and more than a half-century of Seattle history. Many tales, historic tidbits, and a few locals-only taverns hail from these cobbled avenues. It remains today as one of Seattle’s best (and free) attractions.