One of the most popular cities in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle draws crowds for its successful mix of innovative arts and technology, nature, and craft beer. (You thought we’d say coffee? Sure, there’s that, too.)
After grabbing breakfast from Macrina Bakery or down the street at Pike Place Market (try the pain au chocolat at Le Panier), you can take in most of the city on foot—through Olympic Sculpture Park, or up to Capitol Hill. For a different angle, take a ferry to Bainbridge Island for skyline and Mount Rainier views.
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