Seattle, Washington, the state's largest city and the seat of King County. It is in western Washington on hilly land between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Across the sound rise the snowcapped peaks of the Olympic Mountains. To the southeast, Mount Rainier's 14,410-foot (4,392-m) peak looms prominently above the Cascade Range.

Downtown Seattle faces Elliott Bay, an excellent natural harbor and the city's principal port area. There are other port facilities around Lake Union and along the Duwamish River. A short distance from the business district stands a major landmark, the 607-foot (185-m) Space Needle built for the 1962 World's Fair. Residential areas cover the city's hills, which reach heights of 500 feet (150 m) or more.