Seattle is the Emerald City. Its greenness stems from its abundant rainfall, and also from its reflection in the clear blue/green waters of the Puget Sound. Mt. Ranier looks down on Seattle from its majestic heights. The famous Space Needle offers a dining room with a panoramic view of the whole city. Pike Street Market is a medley of fresh fish, fruit, vegetable and flower shops right on the water. The old fishing village of Ballard sits on the locks. North of Ballard is the Woodland Park zoo. There are bus, trolley and monorail routes as well as many interesting and beautiful walking tours. Remember, though, that Seattle, like Rome, was constructed on seven hills, so a walk will provide a good workout and may be tiring to small children.
A ferry ride on Puget Sound to Blake Island offers visitors an opportunity to taste steaming cups of clams and broth served by Native American merchants. Sports fans enjoy the Seattle Mariners, Sea Hawks, Thunderbirds and Supersonics (NBA Basketball). The Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest ballet are world class. Seattle is the largest city in the Northwest.