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Sleepless in Seattle? You're in the right city.   by Leah Bradicich


Forget the rain, forget the cold everyone's heard of this historic city so Seattleites must be right on the money. Whether it be for history, grunge rock or movie trivia, Seattle is firmly on the global map.

If any place can credit itself as a linchpin city for development and unearthing talent, Seattle is one of those places. Seattle is the birthplace of bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam (the founders of grunge rock), and bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. The crème de la crème obviously is Jimi Hendrix himself.

Other famous Seattleites and claims to fame are Bill Gates of the Microsoft empire, the TV sitcom Frasier, movie Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks, movie 10 Things I Hate About You and TV series Grey's Anatomy.

The Crocodile Café is an institution for alternative music enthusiasts. Artists like Eddie Vedder, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliot Smith and K. T. Tunstall have played here, as a testament to its importance in the local music scene.

For more historic sites, venture to the Experience Music Project (EMP) for a museum to modern composition. Jimi Hendrix has his own wing, which makes way to a guitar wing and exhibits on different styles like the rock, grunge and punk movements. You can also play around with instruments in some exhibits.

While we're on cool tourist traps, you can't go past the legendary Seattle Space Needle, which reaches up 605 feet into the sky. Not only is it an amazing view stretching as far as the eye can see, but it's also part of Seattle culture. The Needle is famously depicted in the silhouette credits of Seattle sitcom Frasier, one of the world's most popular sitcoms in history.

For another must see spot, head to Pike Place Markets. While it is packed with crowds on weekends, this flea market style, open- air market is worth a decent wander. Flower stalls litter the streets as do fresh seafood stalls and vegetable stands. Contrary to popular flea market opinion, this market is clean, modern and atmospheric. PS. coffee lovers, Starbucks has it's first original store right here! Bring your walking shoes.

But before you take them off, let those shoes take you through a tour of the Seattle Underground. After the Great Seattle Fire in 1889, the city raised the CBD building levels, leaving an underground city in developing Seattle's wake. For a couple of hours, you can now walk amongst what used to be the heart of the city, but what is now a refurbished yet rotting, historic, subterranean ruin. Fascinating stuff.

Technically, there is a long list of great things to do that have been missed out here, so don't be afraid if you think that's it! It merely means the page isn't big enough to include it all. There are tonnes of musical and artistic things to see and visit, plus some great history that is worth a good look. Maybe you can also take a drive around to try and spot famous places of interest, since Seattle is idolized in so many movies and TV shows.

If you want to tackle the move/ TV trivia spots (like those house boats from Sleepless in Seattle), or even if you just want to discover your own favourite places, a good option is to rent your own cheap Seattle car and do it at your own pace. We have all the major suppliers in one site, so you can compare and be sure you're getting the best deal and the cheapest price.

About the Author

Leah Bradicich has travelled comprehensively through Europe, the UK, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She works for Vroom Vroom Vroom, http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com, a travel website collating all the deals and specials from the nation's largest car rental companies, offering discounts on car rentals. Her pieces focus on the 'best of' parts of each city, offering a fail safe guide to travelling and listing interesting facts that

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