Umbrellas are optional in Seattle

When you think of Seattle, do you imagine rain, coffee and "Grey's Anatomy?" You're right to some degree. Starbucks started here, and the hit show is based here, but Seattle is not even in the top 10 rainiest places in the country. Visit these three attractions for some history, mystery and pop culture to get a feel for the real Seattle:

CenturyLink Field
Drive your Seattle rental car to 800 Occidental Avenue South to catch a Seattle Seahawks National Football League game. There are over 67,000 seats available in this massive stadium. It could hold three Boeing 747s parked end to end on the 760-foot, 21,000-square-foot-long roof.

When the earlier facility, the Kingdome, was demolished, 50 percent of its concrete went into the making of CenturyLink Field. From the stands, you can see the nearby:

  • Olympic Mountains
  • Cascades
  • Mount Rainier
  • Puget Sound
  • Safeco Field

The facility has a partial roof, so you'll want to bring sunscreen and be prepared for all kinds of weather. The field was constructed so that it is the proper regulation size for Major League Soccer, NFL and World Cup Soccer matches and games.

Besides sports, there are plenty of entertainment events here, like major conventions and even concerts. Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, One Direction and other famous musical acts have played here. Don your green and blue and head to this field for some exciting Seattle fun.

EMP Museum
Drive your Seattle rental car right next to the Space Needle to visit the Experience Music Project Museum. If you love pop culture, this is definitely a must. The museum is all about:

  • Music
  • Movies
  • Television
  • Culture

The outside of the museum was inspired by the shape of electric guitars and you'll find their influence inside as well. There are many exciting exhibits here about Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, horror movies, videogames and even one that features costumes from "Star Wars." This is a great place to visit with kids of all ages. The displays are often loaned out to other museums and the institution hosts traveling exhibits, so be sure to see what new ones are in-house when you visit.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Ever wanted to learn about the Seattle gold rush in 1897? Here's your chance to visit the museum devoted to the unforgettable days and weeks that many spent mining for gold in Washington.

Seattle was the first city in the state to be inhabited by people other than Native Americans. It quickly saw a sawmill and town develop over the next 30 years. In 1897, a steamship called "Portland" came to Seattle from St. Michael, Alaska. On board was reportedly a lot of gold along with 68 prospectors. As the newspapers spread the word of the Klondike gold rush, thousands of people traveled to the city to make their way to the Yukon Territory in Canada.

Seattle merchants had a major boom in business as rough-and-ready men from the East came to buy gear and head to potential gold-mining areas. The advertisements for Seattle read "Gateway to the Gold Fields," and it was considered the last stop for the comforts of home before the long journey to find gold.

At this museum, you'll see historic photos of prospectors and merchants of the time and browse through newspapers articles chronicling the gold rush. The park is located at the corner of South Jackson Street and Second Avenue South in downtown Seattle. It is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is free.

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