In Seattle, KeyArena at Seattle Center serves as a hub of activity (think concerts, sporting events plus annual festivals of music, food and culture). In fact, some say that if you visit only one spot in Seattle, the Seattle Center should top your list. Here visitors find 74 acres of parks, sculptures, fountains, cultural venues, restaurants and entertainment for all ages.
This venue, the site of the Seattle World's Fair in 1962 (also known as Century 21 Exhibition), features an exciting, eclectic mix of 1960s 'futuristic' structures next to public art objects such as a Native American Totem pole, Modernist art mural, gigantesque Calder abstract Eagle sculpture and extreme architecture by renowned Frank Gehry. In warmer months, music lovers flock here for alfresco concerts (and the much-anticipated Bumbershoot Festival)under the Space Needle, which is a popular attraction any time of year. An on-site food court offers casual, quick eats, too.
After a long day of getting one's fix of art, music, sports and culture, however, folks leave here hungry. Luckily for foodies of all degrees, countless dining options exist in the streets and neighborhoods surrounding Seattle Center. While Lower Queen Anne offers several options, some of the city's most popular eateries can be found in the nearby Belltown and downtown zones. Culinary stars like Tom Douglas have established many downtown outposts (like Lola, for example), meaning good eating is never hard to find.