Last updated 20 September 2022
Seattle lays claim as being the city that gave rise to ‘grunge‘ music – an actual rock music genre. Bands like Malfunkshun (1980), Melvins (1983), Soundgarden (1984) and Green River (also1984) kickstarted the Seattle grunge music scene. They pathed the way for bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana whose epic rise to superstardom is well documented.
Beyond grunge music, there’s much to love about Seattle There’s the iconic Space Needle, the historic Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Great Wheel at the waterfront. Seattle is also the headquarters of a few Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Alaskan Airlines, and clothing giant Nordstroms (I found myself in Nordstrom’s Rack on my last night in Seattle buying up big for Christmas.) The workers of these tech giants assimilate into Seattle’s laid-back vibe without any fuss.
When it’s not raining in Seattle, there are plenty of outdoor experiences ready for exploring in the largest city in Washington State. But when it is raining in Seattle, which is often – it rains an average of 152 days per year – there’s a plethora of indoor experiences that allow for an escape from the rain. And one of those could be a bookstore.
Did you know that Seattle is a UNESCO-designated literary city, with the most bookstores per capita than any other US city?
When I discovered that fact, I wrote a story about Seattle and its love for literature for IcelandAir Stopover Destination Seattle