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Seattle Area Vacation & Travel Information

As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is known as both "The Emerald City," the "Rainy City," and has been made famous because of Starbucks Coffee and nearby technology business Microsoft Corporation.   It's location, between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, and close proximity to Mount Rainier National Park, make it the perfect destination for those who want the benefit of the ocean and the mountains while enjoying the excitement and variety of a large city atmosphere.

Seattle City Info

  • Land Area: 369 miles
  • Parks: Over 100
  • Number of radio stations: 3 AM, 4 FM
  • Number of television stations:  8
  • Number of newspapers:  4 (Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and Stranger)
  • Elevation:  513
  • Transportation: Sea-Tac Airport, Kings County Airport, Seattle Seaplanes, Sound Transit, Metro Transit, Seattle Monorail, Amtrak

Seattle Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature:  60 degrees
  • Average annual rainfall:  35-38 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Seattle (in miles):

  • Atlanta, GA — 2149
  • Boston, MA — 2456
  • Chicago, IL —  1693
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX — 1636
  • Houston, TX — 1848
  • Las Vegas, NV — 856
  • Los Angeles, CA — 942
  • Memphis, TN — 1842
  • Miami, FL — 2685
  • Nashville, TN — 1948
  • New Orleans, LA — 2056
  • New York, NY — 2383
  • Orlando, FL - 2517
  • Philadelphia, PA - 2341
  • Phoenix, AX — 1092
  • Rapid City, SD — 942
  • Salt Lake City, UT — 680
  • San Antonio, TX — 1750
  • San Diego, CA — 1037
  • San Jose, CA — 689
  • Washington, DC - 2292

Seattle Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Police/Fire/Ambulance: 911
  • harbor view Medical Center (206-731-3000)
  • Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center (206) 987-2000)
  • University of Washington Medical Center  (206-598-3300)
  • Northwest Hospital (206-364-0500)
  • The PolyClinic (206-329-1777)
  • Swedish Medical Center (206) 215-2222
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center (206) 223-6600

Seattle Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Space Needle
  • International Film Festival
  • Northwest Folklife (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Bite of Seattle
  • Bumbershoot (Labor Day Weekend)
  • Hempfest
  • Seattle-to-Portland Bicycle Race
  • Burke Museum of Natural History/Culture
  • Museum of History and Industry
  • Museum of Flight
  • Daybreak Star Cultural Center
  • Wing Lake Asian Museum
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Paul Allen's "Experience Music" Project
  • Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum
  • Pike Place Market
  • Art Museum
  • Mount Ranier National Park
  • Safeco Field
  • Seattle Waterfront
  • Washington Park Arboreteum
  • Olympic National Park

Seattle Major Shopping Areas:

  • Pike Place Market
  • Southcenter Mall
  • Northgate Mall
  • Bellevue Square
  • Redmond Town Center
  • University Village
  • Seattle Waterfront
  • Pacific Place Shopping Center
  • Great Wall Mall
  • Prime Outlets at Burlington
  • Supermall of the Great Northwest
  • Broadway Market

Seattle Major Dining Areas:

  • Ballard/Greenwood
  • Belltown
  • Capital Hill/First Hill
  • Downtown
  • Eastside
  • Fremont/Wallingford/Green Lake
  • International District/Chinatown
  • Lake Union
  • Madison Park/Montlake
  • North Seattle
  • Pike Place Market
  • Pioneer Square
  • Queen Anne/Magnolia
  • South Seattle
  • University District
  • West Seattle

Seattle Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Space Needle
  • Smith Tower
  • Pike Place Market
  • Fremont Troll
  • Experience Music Project
  • Seattle Central Library
  • Bank of America Tower

Seattle Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Bill Gates and Paul Allen (Microsoft founder/co-founder)
  • Lynda Barry, cartoonist
  • Stan Boreson, comedian
  • Carol Channing, actress
  • Judy Collins, folk singer
  • Gail Devers, athlete
  • Kenny G, musician
  • Richard Gordon Jr, astronaut
  • Richard Karn, television actor
  • Apollo Anto Ohno, Olympic speed skater
  • John Olerud, professional baseball player
  • Stephen Oswald, astronaut
  • Ron Santo, professional baseball player
  • Jennifer Warnes, singer/songwriter
  • Jimi Hendrix, rock musician
  • Gypsy Rose Lee, actress and burlesque star

Notable Moments in Seattle History:

  • 1851:  The Denny Party, the most prominent early white settles, arrived in Alki Point
  • 1852:  Settlers relocate to Elliot Bay and create King County
  • 1853:  The first plats for the Town of Seattle were established
  • 1855:  Seattle's first church was built
  • 1863:  First newspaper — Seattle Gazette — was published
  • 1864:  Arrival of Mercer's Maidens
  • 1966:  Chief Settle dies.
  • 1869:  The City of Seattle was incorporated.
  • 1884:  Northern Railroad builds spur line from Tacoma to Seattle.
  • 1889:  Washington is admitted as the 42nd state
  • 1889:  The Great Fire destroys the central business district.  No lives were lost
  • 1897:  Start of the Klondike Gold Rush
  • 1907:  Pike Place Market opens
  • 1909:  Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition which resulted in the current layout fo the University of Washington campus
  • 1914:  Smith Tower opens
  • 1916:  William Boeing builds first airplane
  • 1919:  The Seattle General Strike, the first general strike in the US.
  • 1926:  Bertha Landes elected mayor — the first woman mayor of a large US city)
  • 1932:  Creation of "Hooverville" shanty towns
  • 1940:  Lake Washington floating bridge opens
  • 1941-45:  WWII drives Boeing airplane production
  • 1949:  Major earthquake
  • 1949: Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport opens
  • 1951:  First Seafair
  • 1962:  Seattle World's Fair, which resulted in the construction of the famous Seattle Space Needle and the Alweg monorail
  • 1963:  Evergreen Point floating bridge opens
  • 1965:  Major earthquake
  • 1969:  First flight of Boeing 747
  • 1976:  The Kingdome sports arena opens
  • 1980:  Mount St. Helens erupts
  • 1983:  Wah Mee Massacre
  • 1986:  Microsoft goes public
  • 1990:  Lake Washington floating bridge sinks
  • 1990:  The Goodwill Games created by Ted Turner as a result of the political troubles associated with the 80's Olympics
  • 1999:  World Trade Organization (WTO) Meeting was shut down by massive protesting
  • 2000:  The Kingdome is imploded
  • 2001:  Nisqually earthquake measure 6.8 rocked the region, causing moderate damage

Interesting Facts about Seattle:

  • Seattle was named after Noah Sealth, chief of the Duwamish and Susquahamish tribes and was better known as "Chief Seattle."  The previous name of the city was "Duwumps."
  • The Space Needle is Seattle's most recognizable landmark, and was used in the logo for the TV show, "Frasier."
  • The Bank of America Tower is the 4th tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi, and the 12th tallest in the nation.  In the attacks planned for 9/11, this building was one of the 10 targeted buildings.
  • In 1961, Seattle became home to the first revolving restaurant.
  • Starbucks, the world's largest coffee chain, was founded in Seattle.
  • The following movies/television shows were filmed in Seattle:  Sleepless in Seattle, Frasier, Fabulous Baker Boys, Say Anything, Starman, War Games, An Officer and a Gentleman.
  • Both Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon, are buried in Lake View Cemetery.
  • Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) has a 66,000 sq. foot home on the east shore of Lake Washington in the town of Medina.

Seattle Population and Demographics:

  • Population — 569,101
  • White — 73%
  • Asian — 13%
  • African American — 8%
  • Native American — 1%
  • Population 18 and under — 14%
  • 65 and over — 10%
  • Median age — 35 years
  • Average household size — 2.08
  • Median family income - $45,739

Seattle Colleges and Universities:

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • City University
  • Seattle University
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Seattle Community College
  • Antioch University Seattle
  • Bastyr University
  • Kepler College or Astrological Arts/Sciences

Seattle Economy & Business — Notable Employers and Industries:

  • Washington Mutual
  • Safeco Corporation
  • Nordstrom
  • Amazon.com
  • Starbuck
  • Boeing
  • Costco
  • Microsoft
  • McCaw Cellular
  • AT&T Wireless
  • Cingular
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • PACCAR
  • Corixa/Amgen
    ZymoGenetics
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