Seattle is a buttoned-down, edgy city that offers everything from the latest technological wonders to some of the best food you’ll find anywhere on the planet. This coastal city offers much more than the Space Needle and the world’s first Starbucks. In fact, the tech-and-coffee mecca gave birth to both Microsoft and Nirvana. Seattle is a vibrant community of passionate people who love their city and love what they do – and you’ll love living in Seattle, too.
When you can see a live volcano from downtown and hop on a ferry to go to work, you know you’re living in a place with no limits when it comes to outdoor adventure. Surrounded by lush evergreen forests and open sea, Seattle’s backyard is the perfect place to hike, kayak, rock climb, camp, fish, and even surf or paddleboard (as long as you put on a wetsuit). Thanks to Pronto, Seattle’s bike-sharing program, it’s easy to grab a two-wheeler and explore the city while getting a fresh dose of that Pacific Northwest air.
One of the coolest outdoor pursuits in the Seattle area is whale watching from a ferry cruising the San Juan Islands. It may be a low-impact activity, but it’s hard to resist the salty spray and the magnificence of verdant islands and graceful sea creatures swimming alongside the boat. If you want to get even closer, check out Sea Quest Expeditions and their kayaking tours that let you paddle alongside the world’s largest mammals. And if you’re more of the sight-seeing outdoor enthusiast, be sure to make it to the top of the Space Needle and through the labyrinth of the Pike Place Market.
For a town that’s known for coffee, Seattle is surprisingly laid back. You’re as likely to find top executives sporting tennis shoes or rain boots as high heels and leather loafers. It might be because a lot of residents prefer walking to driving, making Seattle one of the healthiest cities in the country. Seattle’s the perfect place for people who embrace fitness and eating whole, organic food. In fact, the year-round Ballard Farmers Market is a bounty of locally sourced food from across the state of Washington.
Seattle also has a healthy arts and music scene. From Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana and Macklemore, the Emerald City has a knack for inspiring musicians that change the music world. There is a wide selection of live music venues – including Neumos, where you can catch big names like The Shins right alongside Seattle’s best emerging bands. If you’re more of a bookworm, Seattle still has you covered. There is a full calendar of author talks and book readings, and the city’s independent weekly, "The Stranger," throws regular reading parties.
Seattle enjoys these parks and open spaces: