You may not know Seattle, but you probably know its most famous brands – Microsoft software, Boeing airplanes and Starbucks Coffee. The very first Starbucks opened in 1971 and is still in operation near Seattle’s landmark Pike Place Market, and ready to serve you the latte of your choice.
Seattle has the highest percentage of residents with a college degree in the entire United States.
Stroll the market, put together a picnic lunch, and take it along on an inexpensive public ferry to one of the area’s many unspoiled, almost rural islands. After lunch, venture into retro-futurism with a ride up the 185-metre-tall Space Needle, a flying-saucer-on-stilts created for the 1962 World’s Fair as a vision of the 21st century future. Set aside a full day for a tour of the nearby Boeing aeroplane factory, where you can watch mechanics build the actual aeroplanes that may fly you on future journeys.