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If you picture the magical world of Oz when you hear the words Emerald City, you're not too far off. Officially nicknamed the Emerald City since 1982 in honour of the evergreen forests of the area, Seattle is an enchanted city that combines a world-class metropolis within beautiful natural surroundings. Ranked the most educated city in the U.S., this Pacific Northwest destination attracts outdoor enthusiasts, music lovers and the business-minded alike.

Situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle sits approximately 160 kilometres south of the Canada-USA border. Its geographic position has made it the ideal location for numerous major industries since the city's foundation – logging, commercial shipbuilding, a major gateway for trade into Asia, aircraft manufacturing and most recently, technology and biotechnology companies. The Seattle area is home to a number of Fortune 500 companies including Costco Wholesale, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Starbucks and Nordstrom.

The natural beauty of the area doesn't only inspire corporations; it has been a hub for musical talent. A city with a notable jazz history, the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix and the rock styling of grunge, Seattle's music scene is one of the many draws for the area. The annual Bumbershoot festival draws the best in music, visual arts and performance and takes over Seattle every Labor Day weekend. Not to be missed is the Experience Music Project (EMP) – a museum with its roots in rock' n' roll, dedicated to pop culture and designed by famous architect Frank O. Gehry.

One of the top-ten most walkable cities in the U.S., an abundance of attractions can be found within Seattle's 12 downtown neighbourhoods. View Mount Rainier and Elliot Bay from the Seattle Space Needle observation deck, sample the local delights at the world-famous Pike Place Market or take in a sporting event at Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.

Whether it's a stroll down Seattle's waterfront or through the passage ways and basements that make up the underground tour of Seattle, this city won't disappoint. Pair the sights with some fresh pacific seafood and a beverage from a local microbrewery or Washington winery and one thing is true – with so much to experience, you won't find yourself sleepless in Seattle.

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