The largest city in the Pacific Northwest grew up in a spectacular waterfront setting wedged between the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Even when the sun’s not shining (when it’s drizzly, as locals say, not rainy), Seattle attracts outdoorsy adventurers to its urban parks and hiking and biking trails.
Yet the Emerald City also supports an outsize number of museums, theaters, music venues, and bookstores (it recently ranked first in America for the number of arts-related businesses per capita). And Seattle restaurants increasingly subscribe to a mission of the house-made, grass-fed, and organic—another sign of the city’s deep connection to its natural beauty.
So fuel up at the nearest coffeehouse, then set out to explore Seattle’s top attractions.