Perched on Puget Sound and tucked between the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains, Seattle boasts one of the most scenic environments in America. And though the area's natural wonders—bald eagles, orcas, old-growth forests—would be enough to recommend it, Seattle also happens to be a tremendously vibrant city that's home to some of America's most innovative companies (Amazon, Microsoft) and one of its most cosmopolitan dining scenes. And let's not forget the music scene, which spawned the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. No matter how you look at it, the Emerald City is a gem.