Our area has been singled out for our active lifestyle, Ballard dining options and vibrant music scene.

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Seattle is one of the best fall-season escapes in the United States, according to a new list published Thursday by National Geographic Travel.

The annual listing, which includes nine locations across the nation, singles out Seattle for its active lifestyle.

“Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is a bustling urban environment with opportunities to hike and bike in the great outdoors nearby, like Evans Creek Preserve,” notes the article, referring to a 179-acre farmstead-turned-nature preserve edging suburban Sammamish and Redmond. “Or set sail right from the downtown waterfront with Emerald City Charters.”

Under “What to Eat,” the list heaps praise on two Ballard restaurants, The Walrus and the Carpenter and Café Munir.

Also earning mention are the city’s street-end beaches and “one of the most vibrant live music scenes in the country.”

Also on the National Geographic list: fall-foliage in New York; the Maine Beer Trail; natural beauty in Wyoming; hot-air ballooning in Albuquerque, N.M.; kayaking in Southern California; Chicago’s culture scene; Oktoberfest in Colorado; and Southern Louisiana dining.

Employees prepare food at The Walrus and The Carpenter, a Ballard seafood restaurant mentioned in National Geographic Travel’s praise of Seattle.  (Matthew Ryan Williams  /The New York Times)