Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States. Seattle's economy is driven by a mix of older industrial companies, and "new economy" Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies. The city's gross metropolitan product was $231 billion in 2010, making it the 11th largest metropolitan economy in the United States. Twenty of Seattle's neighborhoods host one or more street fairs or parades. Seattle's mild, temperate, marine climate allows year-round outdoor recreation, including walking, cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, motor boating, sailing, team sports, and swimming. In town, many people walk around Green Lake, through the forests, along the bluffs and beaches.
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and an icon of Seattle. It was built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). The trip takes 41 seconds. On windy days, the elevators slow to 5 miles per hour (2.2 m/s). On April 1999, the city's Landmarks Preservation Board designated it a historic landmark.
The Woodland Park Zoo is a zoological garden located in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Woodland Park Zoo began as a small menagerie on the estate of Guy C. Phinney, a Canadian-born lumber mill owner and real estate developer. Six years after Phinney's death, Phinney's wife sold the 188-acre (76 ha) Woodland Park. In 1902, the Olmsted Brothers firm of Boston was hired to design the city's parks, including Woodland Park.
Seattle Center is an arts, educational, tourism and entertainment center in Seattle and was originally built for the 1962 World's Fair. Seattle Center hosts many cultural, music and arts festivals, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Major attractions include, Bumbershoot, Seattle Center Festál, a year-long series of 24 world cultural events, the largest of which is Northwest Folklife, PrideFest, Bite of Seattle and Winterfest.