Trying to decide on a destination for a student tour? Seattle, Washington may be the place for you! This city is the birthplace of grunge music and Starbucks Coffee. It is known for it overcast and rainy weather, but don’t let that stop you. Seattle is a great place for a student tour, and especially a senior class trip. So read on, and see if Seattle is the right destination for your next tour.
Seattle was settled in the 1850’s much later than some of the cities on the East Coast. As a result, the city doesn’t contain the same history as places like Washington DC or Boston. One of the historical events that most shaped Seattle was the Gold Rush. Students can learn about this migration to the West at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in Pioneer Square Guests can learn about how this event affected Seattle and the surrounding area by viewing a museum and various walking trails. After the history lesson students can enjoy shopping and dining in Pioneer Square. Also be sure to check out the Waterfall Garden, which features a 22 foot waterfall in a picturesque garden.
Overall, Seattle is a very artistic city. Art galleries that feature local artists can be found all over the city. Several major art galleries can be found as well, the most popular being the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Festivals also draw a lot of tourists. One of the most popular, the Seattle Film Festival, is held for 24 days.
Seattle is one of the leading cities in live performing arts. Punk, Rock, Grunge and Indie music are all featured on numerous stages throughout the area. Jazz also has its place, and Seattle has produced great jazz artists such as Ernestine Anderson, Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, one of the most recorded orchestras in the world, and the prestigious Seattle Youth Symphony also make their home here.
One of Seattle’s most popular tourist attractions is the Space Needle. Your group will probably want to visit it, so take some time to ride the elevator to the top of this 603 foot tall structure. There is an observation deck that provides the best view the city offers, as well as a restaurant for those who are intrigued at the idea of eating their meals 60 stories in the air. The Seattle Aquarium and the Woodland Park Zoo are other popular tourist destinations. The Woodland Park Zoo offers several animal displays including an African Savanna and the popular Australia exhibit. For students that are more the underwater sort, try the Seattle Aquarium where sharks, stingrays, dolphins and numerous fish species can be found.
Seattle is a city with a unique and artistic atmosphere, so for the full experience make sure you slip into an art gallery or see an underground band perform. Older students will be especially intrigued by the environment, making this a great place for a senior trip. Whatever the nature of your trip, consider Seattle as a destination.