Seattle offers countless riches to its residents and visitors. Among them? Natural beauty that simply cannot be beat. Whether the skies here are gray or blue (which they are more often than the rumors suggest...), it's imperative that you pencil in sufficient time to explore the Great Outdoors.
While in Seattle, outdoor activity options include exploring or exercising in urban parks (Gas Works, Discovery Park, Green Lake and so on), or simply throwing down a picnic blanket, toting along some BYO provisions and soaking up sensational views. Alternatively, visits to cultural hotspots that also happen to be alfresco–like the Olympic Sculpture Park and Woodland Park Zoo, just north of the city–kill two birds with one stone.
If you have a car, be sure to venture a bit outside of town, too, to relish awe-worthy sites from Mount Rainier and Mt. Baker to Olympic National Park, which boasts an impressive variety of terrain from exquisite coastline to dramatic glaciated lakes. An abundance of trails and waterways (perfect for sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc.) give visitors easy access to Mother Nature's playground, and an impressive line-up of adventure tours happily accompany folks on excursions both near and far.