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.
At A Glance
Seattle doesn’t really care what you think of it—the weather, the coffee, the flying fish. It’s heard it all before. The Emerald City prefers to keep a low profile, like a celebrity (say Bill Gates) living in the suburbs, but we can’t help but call it out. You need to know the truth: It’s one of the best cities in the U.S. for foodies (the holy seafood trifecta—Dungeness crab, wild salmon, and oysters—is totally local!); it has a lively indie music scene that has nothing to do with grunge; and, framed by Elliot Bay and snow-capped Mount Rainier, it’s got to be one of the prettiest in the country.