Seattle, the Emerald City
There are few cities in the world blessed with a more beautiful setting than Seattle. It is surrounded by rugged wilderness; to the west the Olympic Mountains, to the east the volcanoes and glaciers of the Cascade Range, and all around the brisk waters of the Northwest. Delightfully known as the “Emerald City”, Seattle got its nickname from its lush greenery. The city and surrounding areas are filled with greenery all year round echoing Washington State’s moniker as the Evergreen State. Alas, Emerald City isn’t its only nickname. For pretty obvious reasons it is also called Rain City, the Coffee Capitol of the World (Starbucks) and Jet City (Boeing). Add to that an overall walkability score of 73 and you’ve got pretty much all you could ask for.