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  • Seattle is about 100 miles south of the Canadian border

  • on the West Coast of the United States.

  • It is a lush, evergreen city lying between Puget Sound

  • and Lake Washington with abundant parklands,

  • and surrounded by towering mountains and forests.

  • Widely known for its overcast weather, when the sun does come out,

  • the spectacular beauty of the waterways,

  • forests and distant mountains combine to make Seattle

  • one of the most stunning cities in the US.

  • Classic architecture, leafy public squares

  • and wide breezy streets make exploring Downtown Seattle a fun experience.

  • For great views of the city visit the observation deck

  • on the 35th floor of Smith Tower, or see some of Seattle's oldest buildings

  • in nearby Pioneer Square.

  • A distinctive feature of Downtown is the Seattle Waterfront,

  • which is famous for eateries and seafood restaurants,

  • as well as being a launching point for pleasure craft cruising the Sound.

  • Ferries depart regularly so jump aboard to get a unique view of the city.

  • Container ships and cruise liners also share these waterways

  • and the busy harbor is a constant reminder of Seattle's maritime heritage.

  • Alki Beach in West Seattle is a great spot to enjoy the warmer weather.

  • On sunny days many locals enjoy the miles of shorefront beaches,

  • relaxed parklands, and spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

  • Back in Downtown it's just a short but steep climb from the Waterfront

  • to the lively Pike Place Market.

  • Here you can sample some of the freshest catches from the waters

  • of the Pacific Northwest, and also chat to local producers

  • who harvest and sell the goods on display.

  • The market has many bars and eateries, stalls and souvenir shops

  • as well as America's first Starbucks store.

  • Wherever you go in Seattle you're never far from the water.

  • Puget Sound is to the west, Lake Washington is to the east,

  • and to the north is Lake Union, whose eye-catching floating homes

  • were made famous in the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.'

  • Further to the north, the popular Woodland Park Zoo

  • is home to more than a thousand animals and birds

  • in habitats ranging from the African savanna to tropical forests.

  • Located at Boeing Field, about 15 minutes' drive from downtown,

  • is the Seattle Museum of Flight.

  • This amazing museum displays air- and spacecraft

  • from the earliest Wright Brothers flyer to modern jets.

  • For the most famous views of Seattle head over to Kerry Park

  • on the south side of Queen Anne Hill.

  • The park is not far from the Seattle Center so it's the perfect spot

  • to see the famous Space Needle in all its glory, especially when the sun goes down.

  • The city has been home to many world-famous bands

  • and there's no shortage of live music in Seattle,

  • as well as bars and nightclubs partying well into the early hours.

  • The Seattle Center is home to the Pacific Science Center

  • and the popular International Fountain, as well as Seattle's most recognized landmark,

  • the Space Needle.

  • From the 520-foot-high observation deck you'll have superb views of the city

  • and if the weather is clear you can see all the way out to Mount Rainier.

  • On a clear day the snow-covered peak dominates the Seattle skyline

  • and it can be seen from all parts of the city.

  • The Mount Rainier National Park has hundreds of miles of hiking trails

  • that lead through a variety of different landscapes.

  • The ancient Grove of Patriarchs is home to giants up to 1000 years old

  • and the raised boardwalk makes it one of the easiest walks in the park.

  • If you don't feel like walking there are several scenic drives,

  • including one that encircles the mountain itself.

  • Mount Rainier is not the only natural wonder close by,

  • and Olympic National Park is just a few hours' drive west of the city.

  • Here, the hauntingly beautiful Hoh Rainforest is like entering another world

  • where moss and lichens grow on every surface.

  • Further to the west, Ruby Beach is possibly Washington State's most scenic beach,

  • with rocky sea stacks just off the coast and a shore strewn with driftwood.

  • One of North America's most beautiful cities,

  • Seattle has a perpetually optimistic outlook.

  • Whether you're exploring the countryside or in the heart of downtown,

  • what makes Seattle so special is the incredible variety of experiences

  • you'll find in the Emerald City

Seattle is about 100 miles south of the Canadian border

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2013/10/02
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