Mountains, forests, water: Seattle displays the beauty of nature in its many glorious forms. The Pacific Northwest city features numerous ways to enjoy the picturesque surroundings, both within city limits and beyond.
Interesting in hiking? Seattle’s largest park, Discovery Park, includes more than 11 miles of trails through meadows and forest, eventually leading to beach complete with an iconic lighthouse and whale watching. Located southeast of Seattle’s downtown, Seward Park boasts more than 300 acres of forest with miles of hiking trails.
Seattle visitors also can choose from all types of water activities, bicycling, ‘flightseeing’ on Seattle’s seaplanes, and ferry riding. In addition, three national parks are nearby: Mount Ranier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park.
While nature sets the stage, diverse industries support a thriving economy. Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace firm, headquarters in Seattle. A large tech industry, complete with leading companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia, calls Seattle home as well. Seattle serves as a focal point of international trade, and the Port of Seattle, the second largest handler of container cargo in the country, provides a direct connection to Asia and other ports of call.
ATTRACTIONS OF NOTE
Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the U.S. with restaurants and shopping
Space Needle, the internationally recognized icon that provides great views
Seattle Aquarium, the seventh most-visited aquarium in the US with more than 380 species
Seattle Art Museum with its amazingly diverse collections
Washington State Ferries, the prettiest part of Washington’s transportation system and a great ride around Puget Sound
Chihuly Garden and Glass with eight galleries that offer a comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s artwork
Washington Park Arboretum, which showcases more than 5,500 different plants from around the world
Olympic Sculpture Park, the outdoor sculpture garden that spreads over nine acres of a seaside bluff north of downtown
Pacific Science Center that includes the Tropical Butterfly Village
Harbor Tours, a relaxing way to explore the city landscape