Seattle lies in one of the most spectacular settings in the world. It is surrounded by water and mountains. The salt water of Puget Sound forms Seattle’s western boundary, and Lake Washington is its eastern edge. These bodies of water give the city its famed hourglass shape and the residents a choice of incredible views. Westward the view is across the Sound and the sprinkling of low islands to the Olympic Mountains, which provide us with brilliant sunsets. The Cascade Mountain Range forms the eastern horizon with its string of jagged peaks so beautiful to see as they emerge out of the night when dawn comes up behind them; and the string of volcanoes-Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, and from some favored viewpoints, the remains of Mount Saint Helens, which erupted in May 1980.
Closer to the heart of the city is Lake Union, a combination of business and residential where seaplanes take off and land, where seagoing ships, sailboats, motorboats, kayaks, windsurfers, houseboats, ducks, parks, restaurants, and yacht brokers all coexist in harmony. The greater Seattle area is filled with beautiful parks, trails, fishing, camping, and viewpoints. Please e-mail Beth for a list of Seattle’s most popular sights!
The Eastside of Lake Washington lies prestigious West Bellevue which includes such neighborhoods as Medina (home of Bill Gates), Yarrow Point, Hunts Point, and Clyde Hill. These areas face west and have unbelievable views of the Seattle Skyline and the Olympic Mountain Range. Bellevue is the 3rd largest city in Washington and one of the fastest growing and most influential.
The following are a few of Seattle’s favorite sights:
- Pike Place Public Market: The market offers a wide variety of goods including produce, fresh from the farm, fresh seafood, baked goods, arts, crafts and antiques. It is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the United States.
- Mount Rainier: One of our natural wonders approximately 1 1/2 hours from Seattle.
- Snoqualmie Falls: Enjoy a night or dinner at the famed Salish Lodge at the Falls, which is located 30 minutes east of Seattle. Hike down to the bottom of the Falls on a sunny day for a picnic.
- The University of Washington: One of the most picturesque campuses in the country and one of the top schools.