Take a break from your studies to meet the farmers, fishmongers and craftspeople at the famous Pike Place Market. Explore Seattle highlights such as Pioneer Square with its entertaining underground tour of the city's early days. Stroll along the Puget Sound waterfront, with its many shops, seafood bars and world-class aquarium, or relax on the shores of Lake Washington. Shop in our upscale downtown, glittering with names such as Tiffany, Cartier, Barney's of New York, Banana Republic and, of course, Nordstrom. Come to see where some of the best companies in the world began – Microsoft, UPS, Starbucks, and others.
Naturally, you're in the perfect place to enjoy all the wonders of the great outdoors. Hikers will love taking a mid-session break to wander the beautiful trails of Mt. Rainier National Park. With crystal clear alpine lakes, heather-covered hillsides and breathtaking views at every turn, any choice provides an experience you'll never forget. Nature lovers will also enjoy everything from the many surrounding wilderness areas to world-class salmon fishing in Puget Sound.
Within a couple of hours, you can be wandering along sandy Pacific Ocean beaches, riding a ferry through the tranquil San Juan Islands, peering in to the crater of Mount St. Helens, or sipping high tea in merry old Victoria, British Columbia.