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Seafood, street art and skyscrapers in Seattle

Seattle is having a moment. First there was the $100 million makeover of the Space Needle, the city’s most recognisable landmark. Fitted with the world’s only rotating glass floor, the observation deck now has tilted windows with glass benches. Have a seat and take a selfie: it will look as though you’re floating in mid-air above Seattle’s ever-changing skyline.

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The newest addition to the cityscape are The Spheres, three steel and glass domes filled with 40,000 cloud forest plants, which double as rooftop offices. Seattle’s most popular attraction for foodies, Pike Place Market, has a new $74 million extension: MarketFront on the Elliot Bay waterfront. Pull up a chair and enjoy craft beer from one of the excellent local microbreweries and taste fish cured and smoked on site. The sensational views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains almost outshine the artisan food.

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The same breath-taking panorama is amplified at The Nest, the hip rooftop bar and lounge atop The Thompson Seattle hotel. Indulge in innovative cocktails and gourmet snacks as you gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows. Just beyond the hotel’s sleek glass façade, you get the best of both worlds: the buzzy vibe of downtown Seattle and the peaceful pleasures of the waterfront.

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From here, you can stroll, run, or rollerblade along the shore to some of the Emerald City’s many parks and nature reserves. Jump on a sailboat, kayak, paddleboard or even a seaplane for some aquatic sightseeing. Or take a street food tour, explore the city’s quirky street art, or enjoy some of the best seafood in the United States. It may be on the edge of the world, but it’s all happening in Seattle.