Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, enjoys a mild climate and beautiful natural setting of mountains and water, with Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains to the east, and Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west. 

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A Lifetime of Outdoor Adventure....

Let's see....three national parks (Mt Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic), ocean beaches, the San Juan and Whidbey islands, the Cascade and Olympic mountains, both rain forest and high desert, half a dozen ski areas, hundreds of hiking trails, Mt St Helens volcano, the Columbia River's almost too much. There's a lot to distract you from your research....

Or Maybe You're a City Person

Seattle's quality of life is outstanding.  Neighborhoods are safe and interesting, and although Seattle is not inexpensive, housing prices are generally lower than California and the Northeast. The city is filled with bookstores, cafés, and restaurants.  Sports fans cheer on the area's pro football, baseball, WNBA, and soccer teams, as well as the Washington Huskies.   Fans of the fine arts enjoy the Seattle Art Museum, Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and some of the best mainstream and fringe theater in North America, while those looking for live music will have dozens of options to choose from.  The area boasts an extensive system of parks and bike trails, hosts major film and music festivals, and provides any number of entertaining diversions to accompany the area's natural wonders.

About That Rain....

Despite its reputation for rain, Seattle gets fewer inches of rain than most cities in the eastern US....not that we're insecure about it or anything.  Temperatures seldom go above 80 during summer or below 40 during winter. 

Simply put, summers are gorgeous (the best in the United States, even). Winters are overcast, although not especially cold, and the snow stays up in the mountains where it belongs. Spring has cherry blossoms and tulips and Fall mixes beautiful sunny days with clouds and light rain.