Seattle is the biggest city in the state of Washington on the West Coast of the United States in King County. It’s the economical heart of the Nort West of the USA. The city has 608,660 inhabitants and an agglomeration with almost 3.8 million inhabitants (2010).
Seattle lies along the Puget Sound, a lough of the Pacific Ocean, which forms a natural harbour. The city is named after the chieftain Seattle of the clan of the Suquamish and Duwamish indians. In the East Seattle borders Lake Washington.
Microsoft has its headquarters in Redmond, a suburb of Seattle, and aircraft manufacturer Boeing has big production facilities in Seattle and the region, in Everett. Both companies are very important for the employment in the region.
Things to see
- Museum of flight: A big museum about airplanes with the first production hall of Boeing.
- Space Needle: Built for the world exposition in 1962 and creates the skyline of Seattle. The turning restaurant shows a view over the city.
- Experience Music Project of EMP: A futuristic building, built by Paul Allen next to the Space Needle
- Pioneer Square: The historical centre of downtown Seattle, where you can visit Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour.
- The Original Starbucks: The first ever Starbucks, opened in 1971 on Pike Market
- Pike Place Market: A partially covered market in the centre of Seattle
- SR-520 (State Route 520) Floating Bridge: The longest floating bridge in the world
- Boeing Assembly Hall (in Everett, 45 km North of Seattle): The biggest – in volume – building in the world where Boeing assembles the 747, 767, 777 and 787 (‘Dreamliner’). The 737 and 757 (not in production anymore) are built in Renton, close to Seattle, but you can’t visit this factory.