Located just under three hours north of Portland is the Northwest's better known, bigger city—Seattle. A real city to Portland's town, Seattle is often seen as the big brother of the two, which as one might imagine has created a bit of rivalry. This however, should only be seen as incentive to visit. Situated on the Puget Sound, Seattle is surrounded by the Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula—home to America's only Rain Forest—and Canada a ways to the north. Few places rival the beauty of the Emerald City on a clear day.
While each neighborhood in Portland is reminiscent of the next, Seattle's can be drastically different. University of Washington's U-District houses everything a college town could need, Fremont and Wallingford offer a quieter vibe for 20-30 somethings compared to the hipster haven of Capital Hill and Old Town, while Bell Town and Queen Ann are both be beautiful and more refined. Downtown offers a range of architectural highlights, including the renowned Seattle Public Library—a must see for architectural and design enthusiasts. Visit Pikes Place Market for fresh seafood and blocks of beautiful public parks on the Puget Sound waterfront. Portland's neighbor to the north is really just a short jaunt away