Brandi Carlile

Pacific jewel: touring Seattle's brilliant landscape

Pacific jewel: touring Seattle's brilliant landscape

A series of occasional articles exploring destinations that are easily reached via nonstop flights from Baltimore.

Flying to the West Coast for vacation isn't often ideal for Baltimoreans. It can be difficult to find nonstop flights, and it's almost always a pricey venture. But that all changed this month when Alaska Airlines launched reasonably priced, nonstop service from BWI-Marshall to Seattle.

Despite its rainy reputation, Seattle is an ideal destination during the months of September and October, when the summer crowds have dissipated and chances for sunshine remain high. Visitors can see the city's magnificent oaks, elms and ginkos blaze rippling orange, yellow...