Aside from the somewhat humorous name, Walla Walla provides much more than your average city in Washington. Full of wineries, delicious eateries, and beautiful hotels, Walla Walla is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. Truly in a class above the rest, the city of has world-class dining fit for royalty, as well as an abundance of more casual restaurants, and everything in between. Some of the more noteworthy restaurants in the city include The Marc, Fat Duck Inn, and Whitehouse-Crawford. And, there is no doubt that if you are looking for lots of different dishes, then you have definitely come to the right place here at Walla Walla. You can find various types of cuisine in the city such as american cuisine, asian cuisine, food trucks, contemporary cuisine, ethnic cuisine, mexican cuisine, coffeehouses, breakfast foods, vegetarian cuisine, delis, pubs, italian cuisine, and much, much more. For all you foodies out there, Walla Walla is definitely a city that you must check out!
Aside from the amazing food and wealth of great culinary choices, the city also has Walla Walla wine country to call it’s own where visitors enjoy wine-tasting, meeting the winemakers themselves, and spending time conversating. Visiting Walla Walla wine country is truly an adventure in and of itself. Additionally, the city is known for it’s almost year-round sunshine which allows visitors and residents to enjoy outdoor activities such as biking, golfing, cycling, bird watching at the Blue Mountain Audubon Society, hiking the many trails in the city, checking out the local mountains and rivers and lakes, and even spending time shopping in the many boutiques and shops in the downtown area, which also has several museums and various cultural activities to enjoy. Quaint, charming, and enjoyable, those are the perfect three words to describe the beautiful city of Walla Walla.
Located in Jefferson County, Washington, Port Townsend is a city unlike any other. With a small-town feel and an overall friendly and welcoming vibe, the city is known for it’s wealth of fun and enjoyable events. Some of the events in Port Townsend include The Annual Port Townsend Film Festival which happens in September, The Annual Jefferson County Farm Tour which is great for the whole family to check out, since it is full of mingling with local farmers and listening to live music, The Quilcene Oyster ½ marathon, 10k, and 5k races which is great for getting the whole community together, even the kids, and The Fall Advanced Growing Groceries Course which is dedicated to helping gardeners and farmers grow more and better food. There are events happening year-round in Port Townsend in different categories which include music and entertainment, dance and movement, community, outdoor recreation, theatre and drama, arts and crafts, reading and lectures, film and movies, and more. There are tons of classes and workshops to take as well such as yoga, tech tuesdays, singing harmony, pilates, family orchestra, and more! For families and singles alike, Port Townsend is a great place to live and learn and enjoy!
A wonderful aspect about Port Townsend is it’s rich cultural history, the city was once called The City of Dreams and was a top shipping port in the late 1800’s. Port Townsend was also called, Paris of the Pacific Northwest, by Sunset Magazine and one of the Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America by NBC News, Budget Travel, Yahoo News, and more. Many people see the city of Port Townsend as an extremely lovely city with both Victorian charm and an urban appeal. And, aside from the many events and the alluring small town feel, Port Townsend boasts delicious restaurants, bistros, and cafes that serve fresh natural foods complete with artisan cheeses, heirloom tomatoes, organic produce and more.
Voted as the #13 best city to live in all of America, Bellevue, Washington is a quickly-growing city that is worthy of immense praise. Loved by many, the city of Bellevue boasts a great suburban feel and is a wonderful place for families and to raise children. Known as the #5 city to have the best public schools in all of America, the city of Bellevue has a population of over 134,000 and gets an A+ rating for being family-friendly, diverse, an easy commute, an abundance of health and fitness, great public schools, and many options for outdoor activities. Some of the best neighborhoods in the city of Bellevue include Cougar Mountain, Somerset, Eastgate, Northeast Bellevue, and Factoria.
Located in close proximity to Seattle, Washington, some people call Bellevue, the city in a park, because it has some of the best parks and gardens in the nation. There are also great youth services in the city as well as a secure police department. The city of Bellevue is noteworthy because of the fact that the Bellevue School District was voted the best school district in all of Washington State. The city is also known for it’s great community feel, and most residents say that they are close with their neighbors, with block parties and social gatherings a common theme in the area. Bellevue is an overall safe city, and the median household income for residents is a little above $94,000, which is much higher than the national average, which is about $53,000. Along with great public schools, there are also incredible private schools such as Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Hillside Student Community School, Bellevue College is also located within the city limits. All in all, Bellevue is a growing city that is attracting many families to come and raise their children there.
Known as a place with an abundance of arts, culture, and beauty, the city of Spokane is located in the eastern part of Washington State. Some noteworthy places in Spokane include the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, the Tudor-Style Campbell House, Riverfront Park, and the epic Spokane Falls. With an emphasis on making positive change within the community with domestic violence initiatives, attention to the homeless population, and badges given to honor 9-11 victims, Spokane is a city that is out to do good for the community, and the population as a whole. There is a wealth of positive programs, initiatives, and events in Spokane aimed at bringing about positive change.
In addition, there are a lot of fun things to do in the city such as visiting peaceful Manito Park and Botanical Gardens, as well as checking out The John A. Finch Arboretum. Manito Park is a great place to visit since it is not only free to attend (since it’s a City of Spokane Park), but because it’s full of beautiful landscapes with a duck pond, playgrounds for the kids, a rose garden, and a japanese garden. Perfect for nature lovers, The John A. Find Arboretum is a spectacular park full of lush trees and foliage; and if you come here during the fall season, you can bear witness to all the gorgeous changing leaves. Some other great things to do in Spokane include listening to live music at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, going on a zipline ride, or checking out the SkyRide. There are also fun things for the kids such as feeding the garbage-eating goat or sliding down the Radio Flyer Red in Riverfront Park. Gonzaga University is also a great place to visit because it’s a pretty college campus that is right by the Spokane river. The University also has a beautiful outdoor chapel and the Jundt Art Museum, which is free for visitors.
Widely recognized for its interesting culture and abundance of unique things to do and see, Seattle is the largest city in all of Washington state, with a population of over 704,000. With tech power weights like Amazon and Microsoft located in the heart of the city itself, Seattle is iconic to say the least. One of the most noteworthy aspects that visitors love to see in the city is the giant Space Needle which opened in 1962, stands 605 feet in height, and comes with a rotating restaurant and observation deck among its many attributes. Also known as a natural urban sprawl, Seattle has so many things to do, it can be difficult to find time to do them all. There is the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop), Pacific Science Center, Pike Place Market, Chinatown-International District, Pioneer Square, Seattle Waterfront, Seattle Great Wheel, Seattle Aquarium, and much, much more. And just outside the city, there is Woodinville Wine Country, The Museum of Flight, and Woodland Park Zoo.
At the end of the day, Seattle is a cool place to live, work, and play. There is an overall vibrant aspect that is hard to describe. On any given day, you can find lots of people out and about in bars, restaurants, festivals, and simply having a great time! And, of course, like any good urban city, Seattle is no stranger to delicious restaurants. All types of food can be found in Seattle, there are 37 Zagat celebrity chef restaurants and 13 James Beard award-winning chefs in the city. No matter what you pallette happens to be, Seattle has got you covered. From vegetarian to gluten-free to seafood and more, the city is definitely known for it’s varied food selection! And who can forget what truly makes Seattle great, and that is it’s amazing coffee scene, for which there truly is no competition.
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