Why It's Worth It

Nestled between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and bordered by the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Seattle is a stunner. Despite its rightful reputation for gray, rainy days, it makes a great place to visit, with plenty to do outside, great shops and restaurants, rich history, and even richer coffee. And if the sun comes out while you’re there, you’ll understand just why so many people are flocking to this Pacific paradise. —Nancy Gupton