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Car rental Seattle

Rental cars Seattle

Seattle is the largest city in the northwestern United States , and is located on a relatively narrow strip of land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington on the Pacific Ocean.The city is located in the U.S. state of Washington – 155 miles south of the border to   Canada .The city has about 600,000 inhabitants (2010), however, one takes the whole metropolitan area, population increase to approx. 3.3 million.

Seattle’s economy has throughout its history been linked to the fishing industry and is still one of America’s most important fishing ports here. In addition, Seattle has a great deal of industrial activity, such as includes shipbuilding and aircraft. Moreover, the headquarters of Microsoft here.

Seattle was founded in 1853, and received a strong resurgence at the end of the century – primarily because the city then acquired its own railway, and because of the great gold discoveries in Alaska. The city is named after the Indian chief Seathl, who was born in this area in the late 1700’s. Seattle is also one of the U.S. cities where many Norwegian immigrants settled. This is reflected in the “Nordic Heritage Museum”, located in the northern part of the city.

Seattle offers a rich and varied cultural life, and several musical genres linked to the city. Among other things arose the so-called “grunge” music here, which is linked to the world famous Seattle bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. Moreover, the rock legend Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle.

The city’s most famous buildings – and landmark – the tower Space Needle, built for the World Fair in 1962. Space Needle is one of Seattle’s tallest building at 185 meters, and includes a popular viewing platform and a revolving restaurant. Also popular Seattle monorail track was built for the World Fair.

Another major attraction in the city is the Pike Place Market, which annually visited by more than 10 million people. Here there are stalls including sold handicrafts, fish, vegetables, bread and meat – and, not least souvenirs.

The nearest airport is Seattle – Tacoma International Airport, located about 23 miles south of downtown.