Appreciating all that makes America special

Puget Sound Region

Puget Sound provides all the perks of city life in Seattle, but it's also a haven for sailing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Uploaded by

No city in the country – well, except maybe for you, Austin – has received the hype over the last decade that Seattle has enjoyed. The great thing about the Puget Sound region, though, is that you don’t have to like city life to appreciate it. You can thrive in the smaller, but still invigorating, towns such as Tacoma, Everett, and Redmond. You can live on an island, accessible only by ferry. You have lots of lifestyle choices.

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For example, you have lots of options for recreation. Water sports on Puget Sound, climbing on the neighboring Cascade Mountains. Hiking throughout the area. And everyone knows Seattle is a music hub, and the cultural choices abound, even if you wish you’d never heard of Grunge.

For visitors, bed and breakfasts and small inns abound, and are a comfortable alternative to hotels. Check out the popular San Juan Islands, which may or may not be in Puget Sound. (You’d think this would be settled by now.) And be sure and have some coffee while you’re in the area. Lots of coffee. They have a few coffee shops there, you may have heard…

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