Travelers feel the pulse of Seattle at Pike Place Market, the lifeblood of downtown.

It seems a bit odd that a farmers market is one of the most-visited attractions in the Northwest’s biggest city. But Pike Place Market is no ordinary farmers market. Much more than displays of fresh produce, it’s really the heart of downtown Seattle.

One of the oldest continuously operating such markets in the country, Pike Place Market dates back to 1907 and over the years has become as much a part of Seattle’s identity as the evergreens, the mountains and the water.

Located on a hill overlooking Elliott Bay and the tourist-friendly waterfront, the historic expanse of stalls, kiosks and storefronts—representing 500 businesses—invites visitors to browse, buy, eat, take pictures, listen to street musicians and just soak in the festive atmosphere.

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