Ladytron at Showbox Seattle by Neil Sanchala

6 of the Coolest Concert Venues in Seattle

American cities like Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, and Detroit are revered for their music scenes, but one city that deserves a lot more noise is Seattle.

The cool metropolis within Washington State was the breeding ground of legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. Starting with its booming days as the birthplace of grunge rock in the early 90s, Seattle has continued to be a thriving spot for memorable concert experiences. From grungy bars to intimate theaters, the Emerald City offers a variety of unique options for enjoying a night out for great entertainment with good company.

Here are some of the coolest concert venues for experiencing Seattle’s live music scene.

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Discovering Harry Potter Magic in J.K. Rowling’s Edinburgh

The wizarding world of Harry Potter is significantly informed by Edinburgh. The Scottish capital was where British author J.K. Rowling wrote the novels in her iconic series. When speaking of her special connection to the city, Rowling has said, “Edinburgh is very much home for me and is the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in its cafes.”

From the cafe where the story of the boy wizard was conjured up to the hotel where the mischief was managed, J.K. Rowling’s influence can be found on every corner of Edinburgh. She drew much inspiration from the sights and streets of the Royal Mile and beyond. Today, Harry Potter fans can make the pilgrimage to Edinburgh and visit the very spots that inspired the adventures of the boy who lived.

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Gazing at Gaudi’s Masterpieces in Barcelona

The city of Barcelona is characterized by the unusual, unique, and undeniably radical creations of Antoni Gaudi. The Catalonian architect was the best known practitioner of Modernisme, Catalan’s Art Nouveau movement. Some of the hallmark qualities of Gaudi’s highly imaginative and one-of-a-kind style include the use of stone and iron materials, ceramic and stained glass detailing, and a focus on vibrant hues and reflective lights.

Several of Gaudi’s works throughout Barcelona, from buildings to parks, have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites for their artistic and cultural significance. Many of these are accessible for visitors to marvel over, including the essential core four of Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, and Sagrada Familia.

Here are a selection of photographs of Antoni Gaudi’s masterclass works in Barcelona, Spain.

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Chasing Waterfalls in Southern Iceland

There is no place in the world like Iceland. The Nordic island is a showcase for all of Earth’s most stunning and surreal natural wonders, from volcanoes and glaciers, to hot springs and black sand beaches. In fact, it’s almost like setting foot on a whole new planet, but likely for us all, Iceland is immensely accessible for vast exploration.

One of the defining features of Icelandic geography are the abundance of waterfalls, of which there are over 100 across the country.

Want to go chasing waterfalls throughout Iceland? Here are a selection of photographs of the cascading fosses as mentioned.

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Exploring the Idyllic Islands of Venice

The way to discover Venice is to go without any agenda and get completely lost. As you try to navigate your way to the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square, you will traverse across bridges and canals and spontaneously find quaint restaurants, quirky shops, holy churches, and hoards of visitors and Venetians alike. While walking is one half of the experience of exploring the floating city, the other half is to be seen on water through the only mode of transportation around the roadless island—boats, from vaporetto (ferry) to taxi acquei (water taxis), and yes, even a once-in-a-lifetime gondola ride.

Beyond Venice’s enclosed group of 118 islands are even more islands to uncover within the Venetian Lagoon, most notable among them are Murano, Burano, and Torcello.

Here are a selection of photographs from the four Venetian islands.

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