Profile: Seattle, WashingtonPopulation: 582,454
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8
Major Airports: Seattle International Airport, Seattle Tacoma Airport
Companies With a Major Presence: Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks
When people think of Seattle, rain and coffee often come to mind. Although a strong cup of java and overcast skies play a big role in this city, Seattle is much more than that. Framed by two jaw-dropping mountain ranges and spread out over saltwater bays and freshwater lakes, it’s no wonder Seattle is called The Emerald City; it’s a gem.
In the city where grunge was born, a vibrant music and arts scene continues to grow. The area is home to world-class theaters and concert venues. Seattle’s location makes the city an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Nearby mountains provide excellent skiing in the winter and hiking throughout the rest of the year. The Puget Sound and area lakes provide boating opportunities all year round. If you can wait out the dreary winters, the sun will come out and Seattle delivers some of the most brilliant blue-sky days you’ll ever see.