Take off to Seattle's big city and great outdoors

The hip, global city is the home of Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft. Immerse in nature at the nearby Alderbrook, enjoy fresh seafood at Pike Place Market or admire the glass art of Dale Chihuly.
Get sweeping, stunning views of the Seattle skyline and beyond at the Space Needle (above) and visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, which is decked out in hand-hammered copper.
Get sweeping, stunning views of the Seattle skyline and beyond at the Space Needle (above) and visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, which is decked out in hand-hammered copper.PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
A “flight-seeing” trip on a vintage seaplane will give you a survey of the Cascades mountain range and Mount Rainier (above).
A “flight-seeing” trip on a vintage seaplane will give you a survey of the Cascades mountain range and Mount Rainier (above). PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
At Pike Place Market, you can join a foodie tour to sample the many artisanal goodies or pack a picnic to be enjoyed in a more tranquil spot.
At Pike Place Market, you can join a foodie tour to sample the many artisanal goodies or pack a picnic to be enjoyed in a more tranquil spot.PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
Get sweeping, stunning views of the Seattle skyline and beyond at the Space Needle and visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, which is decked out in hand-hammered copper (above).
Get sweeping, stunning views of the Seattle skyline and beyond at the Space Needle and visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, which is decked out in hand-hammered copper (above).PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
Get sweeping, stunning views of the Seattle skyline and beyond at the Space Needle (above) and visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, which is decked out in hand-hammered copper.
Get sweeping, stunning views of the Seattle skyline and beyond at the Space Needle (above) and visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Capitol Hill, which is decked out in hand-hammered copper.PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
Chill out at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.
Chill out at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
Play at Fremont.
Play at Fremont.PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN
Drink at Woodinville.
Drink at Woodinville.PHOTO: LEE SIEW HUA, VISIT SEATTLE, CHAD COPELAND, DAVID NEWMAN

Seattle is a capital of cool dipped in caffeine, wine and the Pacific

A hip, global city that also evokes nature unbound awaits travellers, when Singapore Airlines starts flying non-stop to Seattle on Tuesday.

Here is a metropolis admired for its globe-girdling brands Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing, which have disrupted how people worldwide drink coffee, shop, compute and fly.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Take off to Seattle's big city and great outdoors'. Print Edition | Subscribe