Best Cities for Summer Travel
Have you thought about traveling this summer, but not exactly sure where to go? Maybe this will help you with your decision. Listed below are brief fun facts about some of America’s best cities to travel to during the summer. Take a look:
- Seattle is ranked the most literate city in the country.
- Seattle has the highest percentage of residents with a college degree or higher.
- Seattle is the northernmost U.S city with a population of over half a million.
- At 76 stories and 937 feet Columbia Center is Seattle’s tallest building and is 12th tallest building in the country. Smith Tower, built in 1914, was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi at 42 stories. Floors are now being sold as condos.
- Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
- The world’s first gas station opened in 1907 on East Marginal Way.
- Seattle’s houseboat population is the country’s largest at almost 500 and largest outside of Asia.
- Seattle’s Harbor Island is the largest man made island in the nation.
- The Farmer’s Market at Pike Place Market is the longest continuously operating farmer’s market in the US.
- In 1961, the restaurant atop the Space Needle became the country’s first revolving eatery.
- The original Starbucks was opened in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington in 1971.
- The Washington State Ferry System is the largest in the country and the third largest in the world, carrying over 25 million passengers annually. Seattle’s Pier 52 is the busiest ferry terminal in the U.S.
(Facts from Seattle Living)
- The Boston Common has been around since 1634 and is the oldest public park in the country.
- Similarly, Revere Beach was the country’s first public beach.
- In 1897, Boston built America’s first subway — the Tremont Street Subway.
- Quincy, MA is home to the first Dunkin Donuts which is located on Hancock Street.
- The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is unique in that it is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a car that is driving under a plane.
- The Ted Williams Tunnel, which runs about 90 feet underground, is the deepest tunnel in North America.
- The iconic Citgo Sign’s neon tubing stretches over 5 miles in length.
- The largest art theft in history took place in Boston on March 18, 1990. There were 12 paintings worth a total of $500 million which were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by two thieves posing as police officers.
- The 60-story tall John Hancock Tower houses 13 acres of glass.
- Fenway Park opened in 1912 and is the oldest original Major League Baseball stadium still in use.
- The Boston Cream Pie was invented at the Omni Parker House in Boston and is now the official dessert of the state.
- A golden pine cone sits on top of the gold dome of the State House and symbolizes the importance of logging to Massachusetts in the 18th century.
(Facts from Jumpshell)
- The Chinese fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco.
- Lombard Street gets all the love, but Filbert St. between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets is the steepest—31.5 degrees!
- San Francisco was part of Mexico until the Mexican-American War in 1848.
- During the Depression, not a single San Francisco-based bank failed.
- When Al Capone was held at Alcatraz, he gave regular Sunday concerts with the inmate band, the Rock Islanders. He played the banjo.
- In 1901, the city outlawed burials. Most of its cemeteries are in Colma, Calif. There, the dead outnumber the living by over 1000 to 1.
- The neighborhoods of Marina, Mission Bay, and Hunters Point are all built atop a landfill.
- The first bubonic plague epidemic in the continental US broke out in SF’s Chinatown in 1900.
- The United Nations Charter was drafted and ratified in San Francisco in 1945.
- The Beatles gave their last full concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.
- When prospectors caught gold fever and hightailed it to California, San Francisco’s port became packed with abandoned ships. With demand to build the city booming, the ships were torn apart and repurposed into banks, businesses, and homes.
- The bear on California’s state flag is modeled after a California grizzly named Monarch, who was held at Golden Gate Park.
(Facts from Mental Floss)