Seattle is a unique city, to say the least. Of course you have the well-known attractions like the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, Pike Place Market, and the Fremont Troll, but it's the lesser known sights that are truly amazing. I'm not one to notice architecture normally, but the designs found in downtown Seattle are stunning. Neither description nor photographs can do justice to the amazing Public Library, Art Museum, or the Rainier building, to say nothing of the beauty of the older buildings surrounding Pioneer Square.
The art scene is the largest I've seen outside of New York, with a gallery on every street. Everything from writing to painting to music to blown glass can be seen throughout the city. Likewise, there is a strong love of the arts evident on nearby Bainbridge Island. Just a short ferry ride away, Bainbridge has a wonderful shopping/walking district full of book stores and galleries.
However, the guidebooks fail to mention the hills. The streets of Seattle are STEEP!!! You have to be in shape to live there, that's for sure. After I work out and get myself in shape for it, I hope to get back there someday soon.