Seattle The Essential
Blanketing high hills that overlook Puget Sound, Seattle has grown from a hard-working pioneer town into one of the nation's cultural trendsetters. Noted for its livability and natural beauty, the city is surrounded by spectacular vistas—Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range on the east, the Olympic Mountains on the west. Ubiquitous street-corner coffee bars have encouraged a café society, and an abundance of Northwest seafood and produce yields a distinctive regional cuisine and world-class restaurants.