To say Seattle has changed a little in the last 30 years would be the understatement of the century. The blue-collar lumber town that was once full of Boeing machinists and the people who supported them is now a full-blown tech hub, now drawing as many visitors for Amazon’s concrete jungle as it does for its abundance of temperate rainforest.
Seattle, especially during the summer months, is the picture of a bleisure destination (which, if you’re not hip on the trend, means combining your business trip with personal leisure for a mini work-sanctioned vacation). A place where you might come to meet with the people at Microsoft or Amazon or Facebook, then see Mount Rainier in the distance and think, “I wanna spend a few days here.” The Emerald City is one of America’s finest, and on a clear day there may be no prettier place in the nation. So if you’ve been called to Seattle — or its booming technology neighbor in Bellevue — for work or a big convention, here’s how to enjoy the city both during and after your work time.