Seattle is a “Who’s Who” of the “it” crowd. Located in Washington, this city is known for having been the birthplace of the “New Generation”. Known for being the beginning of the grunge rock scene with bands like Nirvana, this hot spot has been home for everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Pearl Jam.
Of course the best known occupant and developmental talent is founder of the multinational Microsoft corporation, Bill Gates. Seattle is also known for famous television show settings such as Frasier and Grey’s Anatomy.
Probably the one of best known movies to be filmed in Seattle is “Sleepless in Seattle” but it has also been the back drop of many other well known cinematic ventures such as War Games, Say Anything and the movie Singles. However the number of movies shot in Seattle is extraordinary. Seattle’s most famous backdrop is the Space Needle which is legendary, it gives an amazing view and it is a well known tourist attraction for anyone visiting the beautiful city of Seattle. The needle is also the famous dwelling of Dr. Evil, Austin Power’s famous arch rival.
Another must see spot is Pike Place Markets, this place is exceptional with its flea market appeal of an open air market it is always packed with crowds of people. Walking the hugely popular Seattle market is the best way to experience all sights and smells it has to offer. In “Sleepless in Seattle” Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner ate lunch at the Athenian located inside the famous downtown market.
Also the market has Starbucks which began in Seattle and has its first store located there.
You can visit famous movie spots like the houseboats from Sleepless in Seattle, or famous company headquarters like Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon.com. Seattle is a hot spot of “.com” companies and the list is vastly interesting.
You can visit the TV show backdrop for Grey’s Anatomy which is Seattle Grace. Another sightseeing spot is Mt. Rainier which has a natural beauty that is all it’s own.
Seattle is a high tech mecca surrounded by a diverse melting pot of ethnicity. Seattle’s cuisine and festivals are highly representative of its vast array of cultures living within the city. There are adjacent cities and islands such as Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, West Seattle, Alki Point and Queen Anne. Alki Beach was shown in “Sleepless in Seattle”
There is Seattle Center which was featured in “Frasier, the 100th Episode” and the Pacific Science Center, along with Seattle Aquarium and Lake Washington with its ferries. Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery road the ferries in Tugboat Annie back in 1933, which was the first movie that made cinema directors start to take notice of Seattle.
You can drive to Olympic Peninsula, Leavenworth, San Juan Islands and other close by attractions.
Getting around in Seattle by “Monorail” is another popular cinematic visitors attraction. This public transportation arose to greatness in “It happened at the Worlds Fair” in 1963 when Elvis rode the train going to the fair.
One can visit famous cinema restaurants in Seattle such as the Crocodile Cafe from “Hype”, The Buckaroo Tavern seen in “10 Things I Hate About You” and the Virginia Inn Restaurant from “Singles”. Along with Union Square Grill featured in “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”. However there are many other eateries scattered about the city, that also boast cinematic fame.
Most visitors looking for a unique sightseeing experience travel to the Seattle Underground, which is a nest of passages and basements that use to makeup Seattle back in the 1800’s, however the streets were eventually raised and the underground has become a tourist attraction not to mention were used in the movie “Seven Hours to Judgement”.
Visitors coming to Seattle can also stay at the famous hotels around the city, such as the Moore Hotel from “Dogfight”, The Sorrento Hotel noted for “Seven Hours to Judgement” and the Inn at the Market famous for “Sleepless in Seattle”. Along with seeing Pier 70 which was the site of MTV’s “The Real World, Seattle”. Another infamous place to stay would be the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel for which several feature films have called home including “The Fabulous Baker Boys”.
Gasworks Park was featured in “10 Things I Hate About You”, “Cinderella Liberty and Singles”.
The advice I would leave you with when traveling to a destination like Seattle is do your homework, plan where you want to go and find tours seeing the sights that you’re most interested in. Seattle holds a vast melting pot of movies, music and technology. I have always enjoyed the history that exudes from this city, just as I am certain you will.
Have a great time when you visit Seattle and have a cup of java for me!
References for this article include: Visit Seattle.org, The Seattle Times and Seattle.gov.