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Take a pilgrimage to the iconic Emerald City


Everything about the Emerald City seems tall—from the 607-foot Space Needle to the freighters in Elliott Bay, from the Olympic Mountains and snow-capped Mt. Rainier filling the skyline, to the size of the lattés and mochas found on every street corner.

A Seattle staple for more than a century, Pike Place market has been called “the soul of Seattle,” and for good reason. When it opened in 1907, eight farmers sold their wares to more than 10,000 people who came out on a crazy first day. It hasn’t slowed since. The market is now home to more than 200 businesses, 190 crafts people and about 100 farmers. Now more than 10 million visitors come to it annually.

A visit to nearby Tacoma is incomplete without seeing the Chihuly Bridge of Glass or watching glass blowers make art at the Museum of Glass and Hot Shop Amphitheater. Explore the rich heritage of Olympia with a self-guided tour through an historic neighborhood or tour the Washington State Capitol.

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