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A gem in the Northwest, Seattle, the Emerald City offers myriad choices for dining, shopping and outdoor endeavours. Curved around the shore of Elliott Bay, with Lake Washington behind and the snowy peak of Mount Rainier hovering faintly in the distance, Seattle has a magnificent setting. The insistently modern skyline of glass skyscrapers gleams across the bay, an emblem of three decades of aggressive urban renewal. Whether you`ve got a few days or a few hours, Seattle`s condensed downtown area and fantastic transportation system make it a wonderful choice for a short stroll. Surrounded by lakes and acres of lush green forest, the city offers a perfect mix of urban attractions and outdoor recreation. Grab a latte and get ready to see the sights. Despite a reputation for rain, Seattle is a hotbed of activity in the Pacific Northwest. The city of Seattle is an international port that boasts three professional sports teams, hundreds of restaurants, a myriad of cultural venues and a lifestyle that is unique to the Pacific Northwest. Recreation abounds here, with golf, skiing, hiking, and camping and more all within close proximity to the city center. The Pike Place Market is one of the more well known attractions within the city, an authentic farmer`s market where local merchants sell fresh cheeses, meats and a variety of mouth-watering delicacies.
The arts are well represented in Seattle as well, with galleries, cultural venues and concert halls all enjoying respected positions in the city. Another integral part of Seattle is the dedication to coffee, an obsession among many Seattelites that is evidenced by the inordinate number of cafes and coffee houses in the city. Visit the famous Space Needle for a dramatic view of the city and its surroundings. With kids in tow, stop at the Children`s Museum or Odyssey, where getting messy is fine and learning is fun. When you`ve had enough of indoor attractions, head to the Washington Park Arboretum for a canoe ride and a look at rare plants. Or take a moonlit dinner cruise on Lake Washington to Blake Island.
Surrounded by mountains and water, the greater Seattle area features picture-perfect views and abundant recreational opportunities year-round. Art and history museums, unique eateries and neighbourhoods, open air festivals and activities are all just a taste of what makes Seattle the jewel of the Pacific Northwest - and a perfect weekend getaway.