The Emerald City. Jet City. Queen City. Gateway to Alaska. Birthplace of Grunge. Whatever you call it, Seattle is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities on earth. From the stunning backdrop of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges to the shoreline of Seattle's many lakes, it is a city of remarkable vistas and memorable settings.
However you see it, Seattle is a place that will stay in your heart long after you've gone.
The Space Needle is Seattle's most notable landmark. Built in 1962 to commemorate the Century 21 Exposition, you can see it from land, sea and air.
Pike Place Market is Seattle's local market, featuring fresh produce, flowers and famously, flying fish. It also is home to dozens of local artisans selling their wares.
The Washington State Ferry System is the largest in the country and carries people and cars from nearby islands like Bainbridge and Vashon, and as far away as Vancouver and Alaska. The green, black and white ferries are often seen throughout the Sound.
The Monorail, built at the same time as the Space Needle and connects the Seattle Center with downtown.
Riding in a Seaplane is a great way to get an aerial tour of the Seattle area.
The University of Washington Huskies are a beloved mascot of the prestigious school.