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Beauty and industry
Seattle, Washington

Mountains, forests, water: Seattle displays the beauty of nature in its many glorious forms. The Pacific Northwest city features numerous ways to enjoy the picturesque surroundings, both within city limits and beyond.

Interesting in hiking? Seattle’s largest park, Discovery Park, includes more than 11 miles of trails through meadows and forest, eventually leading to beach complete with an iconic lighthouse and whale watching. Located southeast of Seattle’s downtown, Seward Park boasts more than 300 acres of forest with miles of hiking trails.

Seattle visitors also can choose from all types of water activities, bicycling, ‘flightseeing’ on Seattle’s seaplanes, and ferry riding. In addition, three national parks are nearby: Mount Ranier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park.

While nature sets the stage, diverse industries support a thriving economy. Boeing Company, the world’s largest aerospace firm, headquarters in Seattle. A large tech industry, complete with leading companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia, calls Seattle home as well. Seattle serves as a focal point of international trade, and the Port of Seattle, the second largest handler of container cargo in the country, provides a direct connection to Asia and other ports of call.


Pike Place Market, one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the U.S. with restaurants and shopping

Space Needle, the internationally recognized icon that provides great views

Seattle Aquarium, the seventh most-visited aquarium in the US with more than 380 species

Seattle Art Museum with its amazingly diverse collections

Washington State Ferries, the prettiest part of Washington’s transportation system and a great ride around Puget Sound

Chihuly Garden and Glass with eight galleries that offer a comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly’s artwork

Washington Park Arboretum, which showcases more than 5,500 different plants from around the world

Olympic Sculpture Park, the outdoor sculpture garden that spreads over nine acres of a seaside bluff north of downtown

Pacific Science Center that includes the Tropical Butterfly Village

Harbor Tours, a relaxing way to explore the city landscape

Comfort and convenience

The site of the 2017 EMBAC Conference, the Westin Seattle offers a central vantage point of downtown Seattle, combined with comfortable surroundings and amenities.

The Westin’s features include the Westin fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment such as free weights, elliptical trainers, step machines, tread mills, and bicycles; an indoor heated pool; and a business center with computer and printer access.

Westin Seattle guests easily can enjoy many of the city’s highlights, with Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the Monorail, the Space Needle, and other highlights within walking distance.

Update: The EMBAC room block for The Seattle Westin has filled. A number of nearby hotels have agreed to hold blocks of rooms for EMBAC members who are attending the conference and do not yet have hotel reservations. For additional details and reservation links for those hotels, visit the conference registration page.

Westin Seattle