Location, Climate: Seattle earned the nickname “The Emerald City” because of the evergreen trees scattered all over the city. It is situated right in the middle of Lake Washington and Puget Sound in King County. The climate of Seattle is temperate marine with frequent downpours all-year round. If you want to enjoy warm and dry weather, book a discount hotel during summer. There are many discount hotels available online. Brief History: Archaeological remains showed human existence in Seattle around 4,000 years ago. The villages around Elliot Bay was inhabited by the Duwamish tribe before the first Europeans occupied Seattle. George Vancouver was the first European to arrive in Seattle in 1792. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Seattle hosts one of North America's top film festivals called the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). This huge film event is held from May to June and showcases various foreign and independent films including documentaries. Most families and tourists traveling to the city choose to stay in downtown Seattle because of its long list of attractions including the Pike Place Market, Columbia Center, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum, Odyssey Maritime Marine Center, Seattle Central Library and the Bay Pavilion on Pier 57. Transportation: Since it rains most of the time in Seattle, it is advisable to take the metro transit bus to get around Seattle but make sure to get the ORCA card or pay exact fare. If you are lucky, you can catch the free buses that travel around the downtown core. To enjoy the views while traveling, ride the water taxi which links downtown to West Seattle.