Growing up in the Puget Sound permanently spoiled me. There are few places in the world that enjoy such an enviable intersection of nature, economic opportunity, and cultural vibrancy. As such, I’m always judging other locations against the impossibly high bar set by Puget Sound living, and so it’s hardly a surprise that even the most exotic destinations seem to pale in comparison to my beloved Seattle. But don’t take my word for it: read on to learn more about the top perks of Puget Sound living.
Seattle is quickly establishing itself as one of the most prominent economies in the country. Though the city has plenty of job opportunities for multiple skill sets, the tech industry is definitely leading the pack, with local heavyweight Amazon continuing to expand its influence, while imports like Google and Facebook are establishing a firm presence. With a bountiful influx of wealth and employment, Puget Sound living keeps getting better and better.
Northwest natives might take the region’s beauty for granted, but that doesn’t make it any less astonishing. The Puget Sound is one of the country’s largest estuaries, and it’s home to a diverse body of wildlife, including whales, octopi, seals, and salmon. Even better, it’s sandwiched between two mountain ranges: to the west lie the mighty Olympic Mountains, while the Cascades (home to the majestic Mount Rainier) stand marshaled on the eastern horizon. If ample access to winter skiing and summer hiking isn’t enough for you, then consider the fact that one of the world’s few temperate rainforests is located on the Olympic Peninsula, about a day’s drive from Seattle’s city limits. When it comes to Puget Sound living, there’s plenty of natural beauty close to home.
Food and Drink
Like many other booming cities, Seattle is home to a vibrant food and drink scene capable of satisfying any appetite. The region is known for its locally brewed craft beers, for instance, with microbreweries such as Fremont, Elysian,Georgetown, Epic, and 7 Seas wetting locals’ whistles. Additionally, Puget Sound living is notable for its fresh seafood. After all, where else can you stroll down to the market to purchase freshly caught wild salmon or piping hot clam chowder?
Of course, if we’re talking about food and drink, we can’t forget about coffee. Sometime during the last century, Seattle reinvented American coffee, and the standard Cup o’ Joe hasn’t been the same since. While the Puget Sound obviously has plenty of Starbucks, it’s also home to a batch of smaller cafes, including the excellent Slate Coffee, Preserve and Gather, and Milstead & Co.
Though it would appear Puget Sound living is already bursting with delightful diversions, it’s important not to forget about the region’s cultural attractions. Places like Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Underground remain important testaments to the region’s history, while the Seattle Art Museum (or SAM, as locals fondly call it) continues to impress with both traditional and contemporary art exhibits. And with plenty of major sports teams like the Mariners, the Sounders, and the Seahawks, anyone living in the Puget Sound is certain never to be bored.
All in all, Puget Sound residents enjoy a high quality of life with more than enough excitement for anyone.