Elliott Bay

The Elliott Bay is the great bay of Seattle, it is part of the Puget Sound. The ferries connect Seattle with Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and other places on the west shore of the Puget Sound. A drive across the bay offers the most beautiful views on the skyline of Seattle and the mountains of the Cascade Range in the background.


Colman Dock



Seattle Japanese Garden

The "Japanese Garden" is located in Washington Park. It was created in 1960 by Iida Juki. Even if the garden does not come close to the Gardens of Kyoto, the humid climate produced very similar details.


1075 Lake Washington Blvd E



Volunteer Park Conservatory

The "Conservatory" is a botanical garden in Volunteer Park, it was built in 1912. The example was the "Crystal Palace" in London. The "Volunteer Park" got its name by the volunteers who fought in the war against Spain in 1898.


Volunteer Park Road, Seattle



Cascade Range

The Cascade Range is a mountain range that extends from northern California through Oregon and Washington to Canada. The cascade chain is over 1,000 kilometers long and belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire. The nearest foothills of the volcanoes are only about 50 km from Seattle away. The highest mountain of the Cascades is Mount Rainier. The Cascade Range is a great place for hiking. Forests and many lakes make the mountains one of the most popular destinations around Seattle. In winter you can go skiing. The ski resort at Snoqualmie Pass is only 75 kilometers west of downtown Seattle.


Snoqualmie Pass


Mt. Rainier National Park

The active volcanic cone of Mount Rainier is about 90 km southeast of Seattle. The peak of the Mountain is 4,392 m (14,411 ft) high. The stratovolcano is the highest peak in the Cascades Range and can be seen from Seattle when the weather is good. Captain George Vancouver saw the volcano from Puget Sound and named it after Admiral Peter Rainier. Due to its height, glaciers have formed on its summit that do not shrink due to heavy rainfall in winter. The tree line extends to around 2,100 m and turns into rainforest at the foot of the mountain. As a result, Mount Rainer offers different climatic zones for many different animal and plant species. For this reason the "Mt. Rainier National Park" was founded in 1899. The last major eruption took place in 1834.


Mount Rainer



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