Seattle in a nutshell
Seattle's location is impressive. Steep hills, a great waterfront skyline, beach, and great views.r
First-time visitors are astonished at the wealth of natural beauty in and around Seattle. Literally touching the city's boundaries are thousands of square
miles of evergreen forest and hundreds of miles of salt and freshwater shoreline. With this wealth of nature at their doorstep,
both Seattleites and visitors concentrate much of their recreation in the outdoors. Bracketed east and west by freshwater Lake Washington and saltwater
Puget Sound, the city occupies a north-south corridor, slender at the waist and embracing numerous hills.
On a clear day, the views of mountains and water are spectacular.
(Olympics and Cascades), with Mount Rainier in full view.
Nearby are the San Juan Islands, Pacific Ocean beaches, and major rivers.
Most of Seattle's attractions are clustered in pedestrian-scale sections, best savored on foot.
Central business district busses are free and the Seattle Center Monorail speeds quickly between downtown and the Seattle Center.
Beneath downtown streets, Metro operates frequent busses through a 1.3-mile transit tunnel, whisking passengers from
the International District to Westlake Center and the convention center stations in less than ten minutes.
Crown jewel of Seattle's attractions is the Seattle Center, the 74-acre legacy of the 1962 World's Fair.
Its distinctive 605-foot Space Needle is the city's leading landmark.
From its lofty observation deck, there's a 360-degree view of the city and Puget Sound, back dropped by the snowcapped Cascade Range to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.