1. It's surrounded by water. Take a boat tour on Lake Union or in Puget Sound, hop a ferry to one of the nearby islands, or spend the morning or afternoon on one of Seattle's many sandy beaches.
2. Find wild spaces inside the city limits or just a short drive away. Hike or bike through one of Seattle's hundreds--yes, hundreds!--of city parks, or drive just 45 minutes to spectacular alpine adventures (there are three National Parks within a few-hours drive).
3. World-famous Pike Place Market covers nine acres of downtown waterfront. See the famed fishmongers; buy fresh seafood, baked goods, cheeses, crafts, and flowers; or visit one of its many restaurants and bars. They'll even ship your salmon home for you, right to your door!
4. It's sunnier than you think. Seattle gets less annual rainfall than New Orleans, Miami, New York City, Houston, Nashville, Boston, or Washington, D.C.!
5. It's the 8th most walkable city in the country, according to Walk Score. Everything you need is just a few blocks away within downtown Seattle and many of the neighborhoods. Public transit, including the newly expanded light rail, makes it easy to explore further-out destinations.
6. There are dozens of museums in Seattle and the region, including the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, Experience Music Project, Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture, and Olympic Sculpture Park - to name just a few.
(Mark: There's an attached photo of EMP and Seattle Center if you want to use.)
7. It's a music-lover's dream come true: Leading independent radio station KEXP is just steps from the Space Needle at the Seattle Center; there's the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Opera; and you can hear live music of all types any night of the week.
8. Seattle has one of the largest percentage of gay, lesbian, or bisexual residents among large cities in the U.S. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Seattle is strong, cohesive, and offers a wide range of resources for community members and visiting community members.
9. It's a great city for foodies. Seattle has a thriving and diverse food scene. Plenty of restaurants serve fresh and local seafood and farm-to-table fare; others showcase international cuisines and flavors. There's something for everyone!
10. From coffee to happy hour, Seattle's a fantastic place to find a great beverage. Visit the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market (not to mention the hundreds of other awesome coffee shops and roasters), sample beers made with eastern Washington hops at one of the many local breweries, or try a Washington State wine.
We're looking forward to partaking in our favorite Seattle experiences this October - come join us! Register now, and if you're not already an NSPA member, save $100 off your Conference registration by applying for membership today.