Was looking through this thread and thought it was time I represented Seattle on here, so here it goes!
As mentioned above, I live in Seattle, Washington which is referred to as being located in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle was named after Chief Sealth "Seattle" of the Duwamish and Suquamish native tribes. Remembering my history from school, the Denny Party was a group of white settlers who are also credited for founding Seattle because the settled in an area called Alki Point. They were plagued with many setbacks and horrible events - illness, battling native americans, etc. The family followed the trail from Indiana to Portland along the Oregon Trail.Here are some other interesting facts:
-The 2010 census found that Seattle is home to 630,320 residents within a metropolitan area of some 3.4 million inhabitants
-The Port of Seattle and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport are major gateways to Asia, Alaska, and the rest of the world
-From 1869 until 1982, Seattle was known as the "Queen City".
-Seattle's current official nickname is the "Emerald City", the result of a contest held in 1981; the reference is to the lush evergreen forests of the area.
-Seattle is also referred to informally as the "Gateway to Alaska", "Rain City",and "Jet City", the last from the local influence of Boeing.
-The Smith Tower was the tallest building on the West Coast from its completion in 1914 until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962
-The fairgrounds surrounding the Space Needle have been converted into Seattle Center, which remains the site of many local civic and cultural events, such as Bumbershoot, Folklife, and the Bite of Seattle. Seattle Center plays multiple roles in the city, ranging from a public fair ground to a civic center
-Seattle residents are known as Seattleites
Beautiful photo I took at Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill in SeattleMusic/Film
Seattle is known as the birthplace of rock, producing such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam. As for more recent times, we're big on inde rock and hip hop. Other artists that are from here are Dave Matthews Band, Lifehouse, Sir Mix-a-Lot (lol "baby got back!"), Foo Fighters, Harvey Danger, Nikki Sixx, Kenny G, The Presidents of the United States of America, The Wailers and Death Cab For Cutie to name a few!
Seattle built a music tribute building called the EMP (Experienced Music Project) that
is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibitions with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock 'n' roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock's influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres. Visitors can view rare artifacts and memorabilia and experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories. - http://www.empsfm.org
EMP - supposed to be a smashed guitar...Seattleites are still trying to figure it out lol (not my pic)
As far as films go, I'm sure a majority of you have seen 'Sleepless In Seattle' (1993), which was filmed here and it's locations are often some of the highlights on tourist's lists when they come to visit. Some other films and TV shows that have been filmed here in Washington State and Seattle are:
'An Officer and A Gentlemen' (1982), 'Black Widow' (1986), 'The Hunt For Red October' (1990), 'Die Hard 2' (1990), 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle' (1992), 'Practical Magic' (1998), 'Snow Falling on Ceders' (1999), '10 Things I Hate About You' (1999), 'Rockstar' (2001), 'Enough' (2002), 'Life Or Something Like It' (2002), 'Battle In Seattle' (2007), 'Twilight' (2008), 'Twin Peaks' (1989 or 90) - TV, 'MTV The Real World: Seattle' (1998), 'Northern Exposure' (1990 - ?), 'Almost Live! (1984 - 199? - A local version of Saturday Night Live), and many many many more.Sightseeing
Besides the Space Needle and the EMP, The Henry Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Woodland Park Zoo, Greenlake, The San Juan Islands and the Museum of Flight are all popular tourist and local spots to visit. Qwest Field - home to the Seattle Sounders (whoo hoo!) and the Seattle Seahawks and Safeco Field - home to the Seattle Mariners are major sporting events that draw tons of attention locally and internationally. We also have the Seattle Storm (women's basketball) and we used to have the Seattle SuperSonics but they have since relocated to another city and state. Kerry Park up on Queen Anne Hill is another famous sightseeing spot (first picture in the post). The film '10 Things...' was filmed there as well and one of my favorite places to go sit and enjoy a cup of coffee with my friends
The Seattle Underground Tour and the Ride the Ducks tour are also two VERY popular guided tours not only for tourists but locals as well. They really give you an idea of the history of Seattle and how it has developed throughout the years. I highly recommend both of them!
Since Seattle is a port city, Cruise lines that port in Seattle bring in a lot of revenue for the city. We are also known for our love of fresh market seafood which you can get a taste of basically anywhere - especially at the Pike Place Market! This is the famous fish stand where when you order a fish, they toss it thru the air yelling to one another - it's quite a spectacle. People come from all around the world to watch the fish get tossed - here's a youtube video that really shows what I'm talking about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7tORf-DEyM
Photo I took at the Pike Place Market
As you may have heard, Seattleites are also known for their coffee consumption! I have to say, I am one of them. I'm all for Starbucks
From the 1990s to the 2000s, Starbucks was opening a new store EVERY WORKDAY! Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks even has his own Starbucks that was built to his specifics that he frequents. One of my friends used to work there and it always had to be a certain temperature, smell a certain way upon entry and the baristas had to be right on their game. I don't think I could handle having to serve him. My cousin's wife works at Starbucks headquarters and it sounds like he's quite a piece of work!
Starbucks logos throughout the years (not my pics):
Regarding pets, Seattle and Washington in general are very pet friendly. With an abundant about of dog parks, hotels, spas, etc., Seattle has tons of books and guides for pet lovers traveling to the area. One popular book is "The Dog Lovers Companion To The Pacific Northwest: The Inside Scoop On Where To Take Your Dog" by Val Mallinson as well as his other book "The Dog Lovers Companion To Seattle".
Sorry I got a little carried away with the info! I love telling people about Seattle and all it has to offer. If you have any other questions let me know. Enjoy!