Edmonds has long been known for small-town vibes and water views, and those close-knit values have endured as the community has evolved over recent years. Just a 20-minute drive north from Seattle’s downtown, Edmonds revitalized Cascadia Art Museum, a thriving farmer’s market, and a main street core with local shops and the best coffee around. This bedroom community also has one of the largest ferry ports, running to Kingston. You can take a whale watching tour conveniently leaving from the marina and see Orcas, Humpback and Grey whales in the summertime. One of the city’s largest activities, the Edmonds Art Festival, takes place on Father’s Day weekend and brings in thousands from across the region. This town just north of the Seattle hub is one of the coziest places to relocate and make lifelong friendships.