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I've lived in Seattle for 8 years here's my ultimate guide to the Emerald City

 Aleenah Ansari   

I've lived in Seattle for 8 years — here's my ultimate guide to the Emerald City
  • I grew up outside of Seattle and have lived in the city for the past eight years.
  • Here's my comprehensive travel guide for everything you should do and see while visiting Seattle.

Seattle has been my chosen home for the past eight years since moving here for college. I was raised in nearby Federal Way and went to high school in Tacoma, so basically my whole life can be mapped along I-5.

Seattle is known for being home to major companies including Amazon, Starbucks, and Tableau, to name a few, but there's so much more to the Emerald City — from its classic attractions like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market to its grunge music scene and newly opened BIPOC businesses and restaurants.

I've learned about countless off-the-beaten-path spots and experiences across the city over the years and always share these favorites with visiting family and friends. From quirky local experiences to luxury stays and restaurants with seafood, sushi, tacos, and more, here's my complete guide to exploring Seattle.

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