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Seattle's Discovery Park park used to be a military fort and now features hiking and jogging trails through acres of forest and, down below, a sandy beach. (Jan. 16, 2013)

Seattle highlights

The Emerald City offers plenty to explore: numerous free parks, bike trails, markets, beaches, lakes and more.

The sign for Pike Place Market is about

The sign for Pike Place Market is about as iconic Seattle as you can get. (Aug. 31, 2012)

A horse-drawn produce wagon driven by Marcia Buckner,
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A horse-drawn produce wagon driven by Marcia Buckner, of Falls City, Wash., pulls into the Pike Place Market in Seattle in celebration of the market's 100th anniversary. (Aug. 17, 2007)

Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker
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Justin Hall throwing a salmon to a co-worker behind the counter at Pike Place Fish, at Pike Place Market in Seattle. The market and the fish throw are a favorite and free attraction for visitors. (July 11, 2009)

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At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest
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At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle, and it features some of the most stunning views within city limits. On top of seaside bluffs, visitors can overlook the Puget Sound, islands and the Olympic Mountains to the west. (Jan. 16, 2013)

Seattle's Discovery Park park used to be a
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Seattle's Discovery Park park used to be a military fort and now features hiking and jogging trails through acres of forest and, down below, a sandy beach. (Jan. 16, 2013)

The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the
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The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, includes the art installation "Wake." (April 3, 2013)

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"Eagle," a sculpture by Alexander Calder at the grand opening and dedication of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. (Jan. 20, 2007)

Boats and tribal canoes in the annual Tribal
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Boats and tribal canoes in the annual Tribal Journey in the Ballard Locks in Seattle. (July 31, 2006)

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The $165 million Seattle Central Library downtown attracts
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The $165 million Seattle Central Library downtown attracts visitors from all over the world. (April 3, 2013)

The 362,987-square-foot Seattle Central Library, renowned for its
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The 362,987-square-foot Seattle Central Library, renowned for its modernist architecture, offers nine levels, bright neon escalators and lipstick-red hallways to explore. (April 3, 2013)

Seattle Central Library patrons take a look at
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Seattle Central Library patrons take a look at a video-projected art installation, "Braincast." (April 3, 2013)

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