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Seattle

Seattle has the greatest percentage of residents with a college degree—or more advanced degree—which makes it a fitting place to hold one of our most important educational conferences.

While attending the AP Annual Conference, add to your experience by exploring Seattle. You'll find a number of sightseeing, shopping, and dining options within walking distance or a short drive away from the Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Cultural venues
View indoor and outdoor showcases of fine art at the Seattle Art Museum and its Olympic Sculpture Park. Check out the Experience Music Project, developed by Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft and housed in a building designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Famous landmarks
The most impressive icon of the city, the Seattle Space Needle, was originally built for the 1962 World's Fair. Get there via a fast and fun monorail ride.

Cuisine
Much of the food served in Seattle's restaurants is locally grown and produced. Fill your craving for seafood by catching your fish mid-air at the famous Pike's Place Market. Or have an "on the move" dining experience, literally, at the top of the Space Needle in the revolving eatery, SkyCity. Explore other tasty options with the Seattle Restaurant Guide.

Bite of Seattle
If you're having trouble choosing a restaurant, the northwest's premier food festival Bite of Seattle is a great event to visit after a day of attending conference workshops on July 18-20.

Family activities
The whole family can have a good time at the Woodland Park Zoo. Learn about the marine environment and sea creatures at the Seattle Aquarium.

Shopping opportunities
Stroll around downtown and stop in at Nordstrom's flagship department store and the original Starbucks. Seattle's downtown shopping district offers name brands, as well as independent fashion boutiques for more eclectic tastes.

Day excursions
Discover the art of wine making at nearby Château Ste Michelle. Take a tour of the Boeing factory, the world's largest manufacturer of jetliners and military aircrafts. Enjoy a ferry ride on the Puget Sound with Argosy Cruises.

Natural wonders
Breathtaking natural scenery surrounds this bustling city. Take a hike outside Seattle on one of the many trails near Mt. Rainier. Two incredible mountain ranges—the Olympics and the Cascades-are on the Puget Sound.

Pictures are courtesy of Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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