Seattle, Washington

Aerial view of Seattle downtown skyline at dusk, Seattle, Washington, USA

The weather is mild and relatively rain-free in August, ideal for taking in Mariners baseball or Sounders soccer along with the loyal local fans. The Space Needle, closed for a major renovation last year, has reopened with more glass and better views than ever. Even if you’ve been there before, you need to see the rotating glass floor, open air deck with glass walls, and virtual-reality bungee jump. At the nearby Chihuly Garden and Glass, you’ll see the work of Dale Chihuly — colorful glass sculptures incredibly displayed. Attend a concert amid the artwork in July and August for a memorable experience. A favorite locale for locals and visitors is the Pike Place Market for fresh seafood, produce, baked goods, meats, crafts, or just browsing and enjoying the bustling atmosphere. Breweries, distilleries, and coffee roasters attract connoisseurs to their expertly crafted favorite beverages. The Seattle Art Fair, Aug. 1-4 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, features modern and contemporary, local and international art of all genres. Bumbershoot Festival, over Labor Day Weekend, is Seattle’s music, comedy, and arts festival, now in its 49th year. Stay at the boutique Thompson Seattle for Puget Sound views in the heart of downtown. Enjoy the style and comfort of the Hotel Theodore and browse its artifacts curated by the Museum of History and Industry or stay at the Hotel Max, dedicated to lovers of art and music.

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