Seattle, on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and encompasses thousands of acres of parkland. It is home to a thriving tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon.com headquartered in its metropolitan area. The futuristic Space Needle, a legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair, is its most recognizable landmark. Seattle is an exciting urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Entertainment is boundless. From high art to sky-high mountain peaks, there’s something for every Seattle visitor to experience. A major gateway for trade with Asia, it is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling. The Seattle area was previously inhabited by Native Americans for at least 4,000 years before the first permanent European settlers. it has a history of boom-and-bust cycles, like many other cities near areas of extensive natural and mineral resources. Seattle has risen several times economically, and then gone into precipitous decline, but it has typically used those periods to rebuild solid infrastructure. The topography of Seattle is hilly. The city lies on several hills, including Capitol Hill, First Hill, West this place, Beacon Hill, Magnolia, Denny Hill, and Queen Anne. You could spend a lifetime exploring all the beauty and culture surrounding Seattle. But if all you’ve got is a day or two, choose from this sampling of favorite getaways. The view of this skyline from the ferry is worth the trip alone. The added bonus of strolling around downtown Bainbridge’s galleries, boutiques, coffeehouses and cafes is even more rewarding. These islands are full of opportunity for all types of visitors. Touring the numerous art galleries in Friday Harbor is one option. So is exploring the shops and restaurants on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands.