Seattle is an urban landscape spread across several hilltop neighborhoods, each with its own unique identity. Yet, the entire city shares a collective vibe that is casual, educated, and forward-thinking. Fleece jackets outnumber 3-piece suits, music and book collections are important investments, and second cars are often sea kayaks or mountain bikes.
The city is situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington with a shoreline dotted by piers and waterside attractions, so a variety of water tours are available - try a Lake Washington cruise, a locks cruise, a harbor cruise, or even a duck tour. Technology has emerged as a major influence on local culture, as companies including Amazon.com and Microsoft (in nearby Redmond) reside here. Boeing is also a major local employer, and visitors can tour the factory where they build and test their famous aircraft - then learn more about aviation and space history with a visit to the Museum of Flight, one of the city's most popular attractions.
Despite its rain-soaked reputation, summers in Seattle are sunny and perfect for exploring the outdoors. Seattle Center is home to the Space Needle, Experience Music Project and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. A trip to Seattle should include a visit to the world renowned Seattle Art Museum (SAM to the locals!) and the Hammering Man. Outdoor attractions also include the famous Pike Place Market, a day trip to Mount Rainier or Tillicum Village, a Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour and even whale watching from Friday Harbor. Even when the city is drenched, indoor adventures abound in museums, live music venues, and neighborhood coffee shops filled with java connoisseurs and lively discussions.