Seattle is well-known for its coffee culture—in fact, the city’s residents consume more coffee than any other city in the country. That’s not surprising, since Starbucks launched here in 1971. You can even visit the original Starbucks in downtown Seattle for a morning jolt of java before exploring the city. Or try a strong Ethiopian brew at Kaffa Coffee & Wine Bar. If you are really a coffee connoisseur, you can take a walking tour devoted solely to the city’s coffee scene.
Wine and beer lovers are also in for a treat—Washington state has the second-largest number of wineries in the U.S. after California, and many of the best ones are just a short drive from the city. Take a Norwegian shore excursion to Woodinville, a charming river valley town in Columbia Wine Country. You’ll first stop at Chateau Ste. Michelle, a renowned winery on the estate of a lumber baron that offers separate wineries for reds and whites. If beer is more your speed, the Seattle metro region boasts more breweries than any city in the country. Whether you’re looking for saisons, stouts and everything in between, Seattle has you covered. Grab a pint at Old Stone Brewing—it’s conveniently located inside Pike Place Market and offers lovely waterfront views.
Air travel enthusiasts of all ages will love the Museum of Flight, the largest private air and space museum in the world. Impressive aircraft on display include the world’s first fighter plane from World War I and the world’s first jet airliner. Eager to learn all about Seattle? The “True Northwest” gallery of the Museum of History & Industry provides a chronological history of the city. Seeking an offbeat experience? Visit the Rubber Chicken Museum, Seattle Pinball Museum or the Museum of Curious Things, a classic Airstream packed with fascinating cultural artifacts.
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