The dominant feature of Seattle’s cityscape, the Space Needle stands out as a beautiful yet slightly quirky structure, mirroring the feel of Seattle itself. Known for its coffee and espresso houses, virtually every neighborhood has its own favorite shops, from the great beverages and art at Caffe Vita in Capitol Hill to Bellino Coffee’s fabulous espresso in Belltown. Visual and performing arts thrive in the downtown area with the Seattle Art Museum as well as performances in mainstream and fringe theaters. Seattle’s mild climate and gentle rains keep the abundant trees and plants throughout the city green and thriving, a lush backdrop for this Pacific gem.