Don’t let the gossips fool you—it doesn’t always rain in Seattle, and the mild climate makes it the perfect place for lake-side and sea-side recreation year round. Have a dog? (or want one?) Seattle is a very pet-friendly city with lots of dog-parks and ample walking, hiking, and mountain biking to be. But when it does rain, you can be sure that there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, including the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Pacific Science Center.

Seattle is home to many famous jazz, indie, grunge, and pop rock musicians, and a thriving fan base for professional football, baseball, and soccer leagues. It is also well-known for breweries that produce a variety of beers and ciders. No trip to Seattle would be complete without a stop at the Pike Place Market or the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. And don’t forget that Seattle has some stellar post-secondary education opportunities, like Washington University, University of Washington (don’t get them mixed up—they hate that), Seattle Colleges, and Seattle Pacific University.

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