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Towering trees, majestic mountains and coffee – lots of coffee – best describe Seattle. The Emerald City is one of the most educated cities in the nation, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to have fun. Grunge rock was born here and boasts a music scene that is uniquely theirs. The history of popular music and science fiction is showcased in a funky building on the campus of the Seattle Center.

Whether you are a foodie or a French-fry fiend, Seattle has thriving cafés, coffee shops and restaurants in the Downtown area that will satisfy any appetite. From the live bands rocking out at the Key Arena to the shopping at Pacific Place, there is something to keep you busy all day. Before the sun sets and the moon rises, visit the Jimi Hendrix Grave Site and pay tribute to a great rock legend. Pubs, bars and microbreweries like The Pike Pub and Breweryserve up the cocktails and beers into the wee hours of the morning. Seattle promises visitors a memorable visit that will excite all five senses.

Seattle’s Top 10

10. Museum of Flight This museum houses one of the largest collections of aviation history on the West Coast.

5. Woodland Park Zoo Located minutes from downtown Seattle, this zoo features 300 species of animals and sits on 92 acres.

9. University District This neighbourhood features stores, a farmers market and live music festivals to explore with friends and family.

4. Alki Beach and West Seattle Rent bikes or boats and explore the sandy beaches and take in the amazing views.

8. Seattle Museum of Art Also known as SAM, exquisite art lines the walls of this magnificent glass and steel structure.

3. Discovery Park In Seattle's 500-acre park, you can roam the trails, have a picnic or visit the West Point lighthouse.

7. Seattle Aquarium Let the kids handle creatures at the touch tank, and then take a walk through the underwater dome to watch sea mammals swim above you.

2. Pike Place Market Stroll down the streets of Seattle's heart and soul. Here you will find fresh baked bread, fruits and vegetables, as well as flower shops and magic stores.

6. Seattle International District Here the Asian community offers excellent restaurants, fun nights doing karaoke, and beautiful urban gardens.

1. Seattle Space Needle A visit to Seattle wouldn't be complete without ascending to the top of this steel landmark that reaches 184 metres into the sky.

Seattle History

  • Seattle Underground Tour - A look at the original roadways and storefronts of Seattle before the great fire of 1889.
  • Museum of Flight - This Boeing Field museum is all about aviation.
  • Log House Museum - Nicknamed the “birthplace of Seattle”, this is one of the first houses built on Alki Beach.
  • Museum of History and Industry - Dedicated to preserving the history of the Puget Sound area.
  • Wing Luke Museum - Take a tour of Asian art and culture at this downtown museum.

Seattle Art & Culture

  • Seattle Opera - Acclaimed actors and actresses put on classic shows, such as Carmen and Madame Butterfly.
  • Seattle International Film Festival - Held every spring, the festival showcases independent films.
  • Seattle Art Museum - Take a tour of the signature collection of artwork from famous international artists.
  • Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Enjoy an evening of live classical music at the symphony.
  • 5th Avenue Theatre – Seattle’s leading live theatre venue, with classic musicals and stage shows throughout the year.

Seattle Shopping

  • Pike Place Market - Get a taste of fresh food and fish at the largest neighbourhood market.
  • Pioneer Square - Visit one of Seattle’s oldest neighbourhoods to patronize some of the unique shops.
  • University Village - Visit the University of Washington campus to wander this shopping and dining district.
  • Pacific Place - A shopping, dining and entertainment plaza near downtown.
  • The Commons at Federal Way - Browse to your heart’s content at this shopping plaza just outside the city.

Gay & Lesbian Seattle

  • The Cuff Complex - Gay men over 21 can enjoy different events each night.
  • Seattle Out & Proud - The annual gay pride festival is held each June and includes a parade and a community picnic.
  • The Wildrose - Right on Pike Street, The Wildrose is a popular bar and restaurant for lesbians.
  • Steamworks - A private bathhouse and sauna exclusively for gay men.
  • Neighbors - One of the oldest LGBT hotspots in Seattle, Neighbors is located in the heart of downtown.

Seattle Outdoor

  • Space Needle – Seattle’s landmark attraction offers skyline view of the entire city.
  • Woodland Park Zoo - See more than 1,100 animals in their natural habitats at this zoological park.
  • Gas Works Park - A unique, 20-acre facility that has been converted to a public park.
  • Waterfall Gardens - In the middle of Pioneer Square, listen to the water sounds at this peaceful outdoor garden.
  • Washington Park Arboretum - See the rare plant varieties on display at the campus of the University of Washington.

Seattle Sport

  • Take in a Seattle Seahawks football game.
  • Walk along the shores at Alki Beach Park.
  • Book a whale-watching tour.
  • Go white-water rafting off the coast.
  • Put on your hiking boots for a climb on the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Seattle Events

The 65th Annual Seattle Boat Show in Seattle runs from the end of January until the beginning of February. It features over 1,000 boats, a wide array of boating accessories as well as free seminars.

Celebrating over 20 years, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show has Seattleblooming in February, andoffers visitors the opportunity to view full-scale and beautifully landscaped gardens.

In March, Seattle celebrates all things Irish at the Irish Festival. Tourists can experience the spirit and life through Gaelic games, movies, cultural exhibits and much more.

The 37th Annual Seattle Film Festival in May features a viewing event like no other. Come check out every type of cinema from the US and around the world.

The entire month of June hosts the Seafair Seattle,the largest festival in the Northwest. Rated as one of the top 10 events in the country, this festival is a must-see.

Food from restaurants, companies and beer gardens combine to create the Bite of Seattle. This summer festival comes every July since 1982 and offers live entertainment, wine tasting, and even a comedy club.

Rock out in August at the Seattle Music Fest, which takes place at the beautiful Alki Beach.

The Bumbershoot Seattle, an enormous three-day party in September, celebrates the end of summer with displays from over 2,000 amazing artists. Learn new dance moves, take in a film at the film festival, or speak with famous authors and artists from around the world.

The annual Jazz Festival lasts two weeks from October to November. During the festival, Seattle will be home to notable jazz musicians. There will be jam sessions, concerts, classes as well as lectures and workshops.

New Years’ will go off with a bang at the base of the famous Space Needle.A fireworks display that has over 2,000 pyrotechnic effects, this New Year's Eve will be a spectacular show that only Seattle can pull off.

When To Go

From mid-June until September, Seattle has the best weather. The climate is dry and warm, with average temperatures from 70°F (22°C) to 80°F (27°C). Sometimes there may be a week with hotter weather in July.

November through March is considered mid-winter with rainy weather. Typically in the form of drizzle rather than downpours, Seattle only receives an average annual precipitation of 37 inches. Temperatures are typically in the mid 30s (2°C) to low 50s (11°C), with occasional snowfall.

Mild, relatively good weather comes to Seattle during April until June. Sunny spring days bring everything to life with warm days, cool nights, and less rain.

Getting There

By air, SeaTac (Seattle Tacoma International airport) is located 12 miles (19km) south of Seattle. Travel time is about 20 to 40 minutes. SeaTac offers service from over 20 airlines.

The daily Amtrak passenger service, Empire Builder, runs from the Seattle/Portland area and Chicago. Coastal Starlight, the passenger service, travels between Seattle and Los Angeles. As fort the Cascades, it stops in Seattle from destinations of British Columbia, Vancouver, and Eugene-Springfield, Oregon.

The Greyhound bus provides passengers with rides to Seattle that arrive in northern downtown.

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Hotels in Seattle

213 hotels in Seattle, US

1 Motif Seattle

4 stars
4.2 / 5 31 reviews

1415 Fifth Avenue Map

Blending contemporary style and West Coast vibe, Motif Seattle makes for a suitable urban base for business and leisure travellers in downtown Seattle. Tourists should not miss a tour at the... More

2 Belltown Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

2301 3rd. Avenue Map

Centrally located in the heart of the hip Belltown neighborhood, Belltown Inn features NEW fully furnished studios with kitchenettes. This downtown location offers affordable nightly, weekly and... More

3 Roosevelt Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

1531 Seventh Ave. Map

Whether in Seattle, Washington for business or leisure, travellers find ideal base in the tasteful accommodations and downtown location of Roosevelt Hotel Seattle. This sophisticated hotel offers... More

4 Hyatt at Olive 8

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

1635 8th Ave Map

Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, Hyatt At Olive 8 with its exceptional staff are prepared to meet your unique needs and ensure you enjoy a relaxing escape to Seattle for a truly... More

5 The Westin Seattle

4 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

1900 5th Avenue Map

Whether in Seattle for business or for leisure, travellers find a convenient base in the ideally located accommodations of The Westin Seattle. After joining events at Washington State Convention... More

6 Grand Hyatt Seattle

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

721 Pine St Map

Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, Grand Hyatt Hotel, with its personalised service and comfortable accommodation makes you feel a pleasant one when you are in Seattle. GeneralCreated... More

7 The Edgewater A Noble House Hotel

4 stars
3.3 / 5 4 reviews

2411 Alaskan Way Map

Boasting picturesque views of Olympic Mountains and Elliot Bay, The Edgewater A Noble House Hotel makes for a suitable retreat for travellers looking for tranquil accommodations yet with easy... More

8 Executive Hotel Pacific

3 stars
4.1 / 5 17 reviews

400 Spring Street Map

Nestled in the prestigious hotel district of Seattle, the Executive Hotel Pacific offers an intimate and charming refuge and makes your Seattle visit a memorable experience. GeneralThe hotel... More

9 Mediterranean Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

425 Queen Anne Avenue North Map

Seattle's newest Hotel is one block west of The Key Arena and The Space Needle, located in the Vibrant Queen Anne Neighborhood. All Guest Rooms are furnished Studio Apartments with... More

10 The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

5 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

411 University Street Map

Experience impeccable service and the splendid Italian Renaissance architecture by staying at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle. GeneralThe Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle provides conference and... More