Seattle is an edgy city at the north western reach of America. It’s the home of Nirvana, grunge, organic stores and hip/desirable suburbs like Fremont, Bellevue and Clyde Hill.
Seattle also gave birth to Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks, so you get a fascinating mix of right-on cool attitude and considerable, if unflashy wealth. It has loads more energy and distractions than many a US town. Hire a car and take a ferry to the wild, wet and beautiful Olympic Peninsular, home of Kurt Cobain (Aberdeen) and the Twilight vampire Edward Cullen (Forks).