The birthplace of Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing and the oldest continuously running Farmer's Market (Pike Place) in the US is also routinely ranked among the most livable cities in the country. Yes, even when it is raining, there's plenty to see and do. Among its lesser known area attractions are the must-see Museum of Glass in Tacoma, exhibiting some of glassmaker Chihuly's most stunning work; the architecturally pleasing Seattle Public Library; the quirky statue of Lenin and the Troll and Olympic Sculpture Park. If weather permits, be sure to experience the city from the water on a kayak tour or even a ferry ride. Hikers will love the glorious views at Discovery Park. With a couple of extra days, venture further afield and take a day trip to Mt. Rainier, Snoqualmie Falls or even Victoria, British Columbia, which is just one high-speed ferry ride from Seattle.