Seattle, a leafy city surrounded by water and evergreen forests and flanked by two snow-capped mountain ranges, beckons with its natural beauty. But the birthplace of the ‘90s grunge movement really enchants with its quirky creativity. Throughout the explosion of its tech scene, Seattle has kept its chill Pacific Northwest roots -- with a mellow friendliness and a passion for outdoor pursuits, among them hiking, skiing, and sailing. The city has long been on the forefront of the sustainable, locavore food scene, with craft beers and wines now added to the mix. Throw in Seattle’s energetic nightlife, legalized weed, and funky bohemian neighborhoods, and you’ve got an incredible place to spend a weekend or a whole week.