The Emerald City

Surrounded by water and mountains, Seattle’s a trend-setting, high tech, artsy city that glows year-round.

The Experience Music Project and the Seattle Space Needle share acreage on the Seattle Center Grounds. Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB
Boats move in and out of the Bell Harbor Marina, with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB
Visitors watch as boats make the transition from the fresh water of Lake Washington and Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood. Seattle CVB
The downtown Seattle Art Museum, designed by architect Robert Venturi, opened to rave reviews in 1991. Seattle CVB
Modern apartments and condos sit on the hill above houseboats on Lake Union. The small Houseboat Tour takes passengers on a one-hour trip around the lake showing off the homes. Barry Sweet / AP
Seattle's Pike Place Market is world-famous for its fresh seafood and produce, and its lively arts and crafts scene. Seattle CVB
With shelves specifically arranged in a non-linear formation, the main lobby of the Seattle Central Library. Ted S. Warren / AP
A visitor to the new Seattle Central Library views an art installation set into an escalator wall in downtown Seattle. Ted S. Warren / AP
A stunning arch with usable space connects old and new exhibit areas at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Set in the heart of downtown Seattle, the center is within easy walking distance of more than 6,000 hotel rooms. Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB
Parasailing on Puget Sound, with SAFECO Field (home to the Seattle Mariners) and the Qwest Field (home to the Seattle Seahawks) in the background. Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB
Seattle Center's Monorail was built for the 1962 World's Fair, making the one-mile trip between the fairgrounds (now the Seattle Center campus) and the downtown retail district in less than two minutes. The Experience Music Project museum is in the background Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB
The majestic Mount Rainier watches over pleasure boats on Puget Sound. Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB