You may hear the odd comment about 'all that rain', but this is precisely what makes the city as green and picturesque as it is. Between its lush public parks, gardens, and laid-back charm, the city also manages to squeeze in some truly inspired architecture and headquarters of many of corporate America's powerhouses.
With Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east, it's no wonder that water sports are popular in Seattle and you can go whitewater rafting, kayaking, or even diving while you're on vacation here. On firmer ground, there are hiking and biking trails in and around the city, and in wintertime Seattle is an excellent base for skiers heading for the slopes at Mount Rainier. If you prefer less active pursuits, sightseeing attractions range from the iconic Space Needle to the Seattle Aquarium and Frye Art Museum, all of which are well worth a special trip.
Bibliophiles will love the wide range of bookstores here which have everything from special first editions to cheap paperbacks, and to understand the finer nuances of music and film, drop in on the Experience Music Project (EMP Museum.)