Also known as the “Emerald City,” Seattle is located in the center of western Washington, on the eastern shore of Puget Sound. Seattle is only a 2-3 hour drive from the beautiful cities of Vancouver, B.C., Canada and Portland, Oregon. Built on seven hills, Seattle lies between the expanse of Puget Sound to the west and freshwater lakes to the east. Flanked between the Olympic mountain range to the west and the Cascades to the east, Seattle has unmatched mountain and water views.
Seattle’s unique geographic location offers a wide spectrum of recreational and entertainment opportunities to residents and visitors alike. Its proximity to large bodies of water, mountains and forested areas provides wonderful opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. More than 400 parks are available to Seattleites and visitors for leisure and recreation. Almost unlimited opportunities exist for camping, jogging, roller skating, bicycling, swimming, tennis, golfing, and picnicking. Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish, and hundreds of other lakes provide plentiful opportunities for fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking and water skiing. During the winter, there are 12 ski areas with excellent accommodations and facilities in the surrounding mountains. And no, it really doesn't rain that much! Check out this link for some weather information.
Downtown Seattle offers many things to see and do. You will encounter a myriad of high-end shops and restaurants as you stroll through the area. From the waterfront, one can easily board a ferry for a closer look at some of the islands in the Puget Sound area as well as a view of the spectacular downtown skyline. A block up from the waterfront is the Pike Place Market, a favorite spot for fresh seafood, produce, and shopping. The 607-foot Space Needle, a landmark of the city from the 1962 World’s Fair, is located close by at the Seattle Center. Seattle is the home of three professional league teams -the Seattle Seahawks (football), the Seattle Mariners (baseball), and the Seattle Sounders FC (soccer). Other popular sports include University of Washington Husky football and basketball, automobile racing at Seattle International Raceway, and hydroplane racing during Seafair week. Excellent cultural endeavors have given Seattle an international reputation in the fine arts. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera Association, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, and ACT Theatre are among the finest in the country.
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