Get to Know the Seattle Scene Beyond the Rain and Coffee
For people of a certain age, Seattle may be best known for introducing the world to famous musical acts, including Heart, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters. While this musical legacy is notable, there is much more to see and do in the Emerald City.
While much of North America sees increasing rainfall in the summer months, Seattle’s dry season runs from June through September, making this the best time of year to visit. Contact your GAC broker today to arrange your charter flight to the jewel of the Pacific Northwest and experience the modern culture and timeless natural beauty of Seattle and Puget Sound.
The Beauty of the Emerald City
Seattle stretches out along the edge of Puget Sound. The distant snow-capped peak of Mount Rainier reflects the reds and golds of the glorious Pacific sunsets. Seattle is easily one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. It earns its “Emerald City” nickname from the abundant green vegetation that thrives in the region’s rain and mild weather. Seattle captures both the bustling excitement of a modern port city and the relaxing serenity of nature, a feat unmatched in most major metropolitan areas.
Seattle’s Iconic Landmarks
The Space Needle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Seattle. Built to celebrate “The Age of Space” at the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle’s observation deck affords stunning views of the city and the surrounding area. The summer months offer the best opportunities for dry weather and clear views.
- Pike Place Market is a historic public market in operation since 1907. The market is famous for its fresh seafood, produce, and handmade crafts, attracting millions of visitors annually. Be sure to stop in for a coffee from the original Starbucks location tucked away inside the market.
- The Seattle Great Wheel is a giant Ferris wheel on the waterfront that looms over the city and Puget Sound. Visitors can ride in one of the enclosed cabins to enjoy the views in comfort.
- The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) celebrates the history and culture of popular music, science fiction, and popular culture. You’ll see exhibits on iconic musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana and props and sets from well-known science fiction and fantasy movies and TV shows.
A Hub of Technology and Industry
Situated on a strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle has long been one of the most important cities on the West Coast of the United States. It was once a bustling commercial and shipbuilding center that served as a gateway to Alaska to the north and the Pacific to the south. Today, global corporations such as Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon call Seattle home. The city is a popular destination for business travelers in the technology sector.
The Natural Beaty of the Puget Sound Region
Puget Sound is a mecca for nature enthusiasts. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Explore the many parks and trails on your own or take a guided tour to get closer to the region’s natural beauty.
Be sure to visit the waterfront. You can stroll along the pier and enjoy the salty sea air as you take in views of the Olympic Mountains across the sound. If you’re hungry, you can hop on a ferry to the nearby islands, like Vashon, Bainbridge, or Whidbey Islands. Explore their shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Puget Sound Washington
There’s more to Puget Sound than Seattle. The cities of Tacoma and Olympia also hug the coastline. Each offers its spin on the cultural flavor of the Pacific Northwest.
Global Air Charters regularly flies into the region, and your broker can help you determine which flight time and destination best fit your travel itinerary. Contact GAC today to plan your journey to the Emerald City of Seattle or the surrounding Puget Sound region.