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No. 19 Seattle (tie)

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Drizzle be damned: despite ranking near the bottom for weather, the Pacific Northwest city scored well with readers for its outdoor pursuits, fit locals, and great parks, whether you like your green space with hikable trails or with art as at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Getting soggy outside, however, may just be a pretense for getting inside and downing more espresso—yet again, Seattle has the No.1-rated coffee in the nation. Pair your cup with a pastry from Café Besalu, one of writer—and frequent visitor—Gary Shteyngart’s Seattle favorites.

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America's Best Cities

No. 19 Seattle (tie)

Drizzle be damned: despite ranking near the bottom for weather, the Pacific Northwest city scored well with readers for its outdoor pursuits, fit locals, and great parks, whether you like your green space with hikable trails or with art as at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Getting soggy outside, however, may just be a pretense for getting inside and downing more espresso—yet again, Seattle has the No.1-rated coffee in the nation. Pair your cup with a pastry from Café Besalu, one of writer—and frequent visitor—Gary Shteyngart’s Seattle favorites.

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

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