An urban vibe, an inventive food and wine scene, endless outdoor adventures and views of snowcapped mountains are only a few reasons to visit Seattle.

Seattle is a vacation paradise. Hike in the mountains or sail the Puget Sound by day and take advantage of all that the city has to offer at night. During summertime, the dense foliage gleams a vibrant green that inspires the town’s nickname, the Emerald City.

Drink

There’s no shortage of places to imbibe, but your first stop should be downtown’s RN74, and its not-to-be-missed, train-board-style wine list of daily specials. RN focuses on Burgundy and Rhône wines but also has pours from around the world. Looking for the hottest Washington wines? They’ve got that. Thirsting for an 1877 Lafite-Rothschild? They’ve got that, too (for a cool 20 grand). For cocktails, head to Canon, a Seattle icon. Make sure to carve out some time to ponder its 100-drink menu. Want to explore the urban wine scene? Check out SODO Urban Works, a collection of nine tasting rooms and wineries just south of downtown. While there, stop by Schooner Exact Brewing Co., located in the same complex, for a pint of beer.

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