Surrounded by natural wonders, Seattle sees the sun rise over the Cascade Mountains, illuminate proud Mount Reiner, hover over majestic Puget Sound, and then sink in epic fashion behind the Olympic Mountains.
It seems almost incongruous that “the Emerald City” has become a center for all things tech, but Seattle’s culture has no problem balancing a digital future with its firm roots in the Pacific Northwest’s verdant scenery.
The population here has been ballooning in recent years, with over ¾ of a million people in Seattle proper, while the greater metro area has topped 4 million. There are many fantastic neighborhoods to explore: venerable Pioneer Square, the vibrant Downtown, trendy and lively Capitol Hill, the revitalized Belltown and the youthful and energetic University District. In the summer, swimmers head to Lake Washington for a refreshing dip in the warm water. With mild winters, the many parks in and around the city are enjoyable year-round. Gasworks Park is a slightly surreal retreat on Lake Union featuring great views of the nearby skyscrapers. Green Lake has a terrific running path looping around the urban body of water. And the massive Discovery Park will make you feel like you’ve left all that tech behind.