Things to do in Seattle
Enjoy an evening at Seattle's modern concert hall
Benaroya Hall (tel: +1 206 215 4747; www.seattlesymphony.org) is home to Seattle Symphony, one of America's most revered concert orchestras. Thoroughly contemporary, the foyer floods with light from vast bay windows and the hall features a detailed wooden interior. Catch a concert at one of the greatest modern venues in the world. The acoustics are superb.
Freewheel through the city
Lovers of two wheels will find a bike-friendly city. Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop (www.seattle.gov/parks/lakeunionloop) is easy and scenic, and runs through parks and past Lake Union. Alternatively, hire a cruiser from Alki Kayak Tours (tel: +1 206 953 0237; http://kayakalki.com) and wheel along the Alki Beach Trail in West Seattle to enjoy terrific views of the downtown skyline.
Hit the record breaking slopes
For those itching to hit the snowy peaks surrounding Seattle in winter, you don't have to go far. Snoqualmie (tel: +1 425 434 7669; www.summitatsnoqualmie.com) is an hour's drive away and a great option. But for potentially bottomless powder, there's Mt Baker (tel: +1 360 734 6771; www.mtbaker.us), which once received a mind-blowing 29m (95ft) of snow – still a world snowfall record.
Join in with the latest craze: flo-yo
WUSUP (tel: +1 206 387 9054; http://wasupyoga.com) have taken yoga to the next level by combining it with the latest waterborne craze, stand-up paddleboarding. So not only do you have to focus on staying out of the water (have no illusions – it's cold), you must also concentrate on a series of yoga poses while afloat.
See the wildlife from a kayak
Paddlers have an abundance of kayaking possibilities in Seattle. Northwest Outdoor Centre (tel: +1 206 281 9694; www.nwoc.com) offer equipment for hire and tours around Lake Union. Further afield, the San Juan Islands (tel: +1 866 810 1483; www.sanjuanislandoutfitters.com), 130km (80 miles) north, are a magnet for kayakers and home to nesting bald eagles, sea lions and a resident orca population.