Seattle is home to some of the most important museums and galleries in this part of the United States. Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Henry Art Gallery are just some of those that you definitely should pay a visit.
We say “some”, because Seattle is home to over a hundred different art galleries and museums, which you can run into all over the city. The best thing is that a big portion of them is situated in the area around Pioneer Square, which you may remember as the square that stands atop of the Seattle underground storefronts. What this means is that you can take a walking tour around the square and if the rain starts falling, you can find a shelter underneath.
How Rainy is Seattle Compared to Other US Cities?
Seattle has a bad rep for its weather, but the truth is that there are plenty cities in the United States that get more rainfalls. You’ll be surprised to hear that even Miami, the largest city of the Sunshine State, gets more inches of rain annually than Seattle.
The same goes for many other East Coast cities, but also those located in Mid-West, like Chicago, for example. Even some cities in Texas get more rain than Seattle. One of those is Dallas, which 37.57 inches of rain per year, compared to Seattle’s 37.49 inches.
You might think of Hawaii as a paradise on Earth with sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and sun that’s shining all the time. But, the truth is that some parts of the archipelago get quite a lot of rainfalls on annual basis.
A place called Big Bog, which is a part of the island of Maui, receives 404 inches of rain on average in a year. When you compare it to Seattle that gets 37.49 inches of rain a year, you see that rain isn’t such a big problem in the largest city in Washington.
The wettest place in the United States is a city called Mobile, which is located in Alabama. It gets about 67 inches of rain per year on average, which is almost two times as much as Seattle.
But even Mobile isn’t the wettest place on the planet. The location that holds the Guinness World Record as the wettest place on the planet is Mawsynram, a place in India that gets over 467 inches of rainfall per year!
All considered, calling Seattle the Rain City doesn’t seem very appropriate. Its official nickname seems much more suitable – the Emerald City.