Seattle, Washington, is located between Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountain Range in the Northwestern United States. It is known as the home of the Space Needle, the first Starbucks coffee shop and the Seattle Great Wheel. Other notable places to visit downtown are the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Underground Tour. Sports fans can catch a Mariners or Seahawks game, and nature lovers will enjoy a visit to nearby Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park or taking a cruise on Puget Sound.
The area is served by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in SeaTac, located only minutes from the city. There is also an Amtrak and Greyhound station in Seattle. With bus, rail, and water taxi options, visitors often use the King County Metro Transit system to get around town. In the historical Chinatown International District, you will find interesting architecture.
Many of the local restaurants serve local fish and seafood, and you can find your own fresh fish choices at Pike's Place Market. In Seattle, it rains at least 50 percent of the time throughout the year, and the climate is fairly mild compared to other areas of the United States. High temperatures range from 35 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to 80 degrees in the summer.