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Nordstroms (department stores)
Bio and medical technology, wood products, transportation equipment, food products, and fish-processing are also strong contributors to the economy.
Seattle is surrounded by water and mountains, and the city's attraction lies in the stunning views seen from the many vantage points throughout it's several neighborhoods. The awesome height of Mount Rainier is truly appreciated when seen from within the city, as it puts skyscrapers to shame from 200 miles away. These are views which indicate Seattle's easy access to outdoor recreational activities throughout the year.
Seattle is one of the three "gateway" cities to the Pacific Northwest (the others being Vancouver in British Columbia and Portland in Oregon). It is a commercial, cultural and transportation hub for the region (although don't expect the level of energy of big cities like Chicago and San Francisco).
You will find plenty of lodging fitting every description including bed and breakfasts, neighborhood motels, suites, inns and downtown boutique and high-rise hotels. Seattle offers a full range of arts, cultural and sporting events and attractions, and an abundance of shops and restaurants. You will probably wish to sample these in an exploration of its downtown historic district and surrounding neighborhoods.
Explore our pages to find where to stay, where to eat, what to do and what to see in Seattle and the surrounding communities
Top attractions nearby, to explore in day trips and longer itineraries:
Leavenworth, the town that recreated itself as a Bavarian village
Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park
San Juan Islands Whale watching, sea kayaking
...hop over the border to British Columbia, Canada.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Moon Seattle (Moon Handbooks) by Allison Williams. Written by a Seattleite, this guide offers everything you need to know about the Emerald City. Discover unique landmarks, points of interest, quirky curiosities and hidden secrets through photos, maps and provocative descriptions to make the most of your trip to Seattle. Order now...
Scenic Seattle: Touring and Photographing the Emerald City by Joseph Becker. Find descriptions, travel and historical information along with specific advice on capturing the best shots on over 100 destinations throughout Seattle featuring viewpoints, seascapes, landscapes and cityscapes. Order now...
Seattle Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights by Jerry Wallis. Discover the quirky neighborhoods, culture and climate of Seattle, the best times to visit, recommendations on where to stay, eat and shop, and what to see and do. Order now...
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