Seattle: A Lively and Vivacious City

Globally recognized for its one-of-a-kind character, the seaport of Seattle overlooks the stunning Puget Sound. Called the Emerald City for its abundance of trees and verdant open spaces, Seattle is home to a population of 685,000 “Seattleites” who take pride in its lush beauty and quirky flair.

Seattle’s renown as a tech capital has grown in recent decades, and it’s currently home to a thriving tech culture that includes Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, and many others. Perhaps even better known for its exciting music scene, the Emerald City is revered as the birthplace of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Heart, and legends Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones. In addition to Seattle’s storied music community, The Seattle Symphony, Opera, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet offer world-class cultural arts events throughout the year. If a Broadway show is more your style, The 5th Avenue Theatre features the latest Broadway smashes. Before your show, check out Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, the Great Seattle Wheel, or the Space Needle! And as the locals will attest, Seattle’s temperate climate inspires fun in the outdoors year-round: great cycling, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and swimming make it a nature lover’s dream. Whatever your background, whatever your passion -- you’ll find the best of it in Seattle.