America's Strangest People
No. 7 Seattle
Intellectual, outdoorsy, and perhaps hopped-up on espresso: the techy city of Seattle exudes an earthy-but-nerdy charm. The Fremont neighborhood is home to the climbable, public-art Troll and the oft-decorated statue of Lenin, and has long drawn a textured crowd (especially during the summer solstice). Capitol Hill, meanwhile, has plenty of idiosyncratic hangouts like the Unicorn Bar, where retro pinball is a top attraction.