Seattle may just be the most underrated small city in the United States. Firstly, the Pacific Northwest is an incredibly beautiful and unique region of these United States. More than any other part of the country, I’ve found that people from the PNW are consistently relaxed, personable and friendly. The most accurate way I can describe them is as ‘homies’, a word I picked up from some Washingtonian suitemates of mine. The homie is the friend that will always go out of his way to empathize with your problems, listen attentively, and offer advice and consolation. Seattlites always love to explore; within the city and especially in the great outdoors, coming from a state with some of the most beautiful wilderness in the world.
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They’re also fiercefully proud, and rightfully so. Seattle has a vibrant and diverse music scene, an exemplary restaurant culture, and is the home to some of the most recognizable and successful brands in the world (think Amazon, Starbucks, Windows, Boeing). This pride translates to a tremendous eagerness to share their hometown with you as a visitor. As a tourist to Seattle, you’ll find the locals very friendly, accommodating, and happy to help you at any time.
Called the Emerald City, Seattle has more than just Mount St. Helen and Mt. Rainier to give it natural beauty. The port city is one of the greenest in the United States, both in terms of park systems filled with lush evergreen forests and figuratively in terms of sustainable development. Another remarkable strength of Seattle is its music scene. The place has produced legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, and Quincy Jones, as well creating Grunge music. The pedigree is even deeper however, every year high schools from all over the nation compete in the Essentially Ellington Jazz competition, and the title is regularly passed back and forth between two rival public high schools from downtown Seattle, leading to an incredible density of Jazz prowess.
Most of all, what you’ll find in Seattle is passion; passion for food, passion for music, passion for nature. They’re hugely proud of their city, and love to show it off. There’s a relatively young, hugely educated population there (Seattle has more college graduates than any other American city), which leads to a vibrant and dynamic bar and club scene. Whatever the occasion, for however long you have time off, Seattle will always be worth your while, and will probably impress. Just be sure to bring an umbrella, just in case.