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Seattle is a beautiful city on the shores of Puget Sound nestled between two magnificent mountain ranges-the Cascades to the east and the Olympics to the west. The city abounds with small designer boutiques, large retailers and sleek shopping centers. The famed Pike Place Market is a bazaar of fresh seafood, fruit, vegetables, flowers, ethnic eateries, and specialty shops amid a menagerie of artists and street performers. In addition, Seattle's thriving cultural scene, superb restaurants, and wonderful recreational opportunities have long attracted visitors to this exciting destination.

Approximately 8.7 million people visited King County in 2004 and contributed almost $4 billion dollars to the local economy.