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Seattle Great Wheel

Take in breathtaking views of Seattle as you are suspended above Puget Sound on one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America.

The star attraction of Seattle’s waterfront precinct is this 175-foot (53-meter) Ferris wheel, among the tallest in the United States. The Seattle Great Wheel stands at the end of a pier in Elliott Bay and provides unrivaled views of Seattle and the Puget Sound. Enjoy three rotations as you take in the sights and experience the thrill of the height.

Regardless of the season, the wheel’s climate-controlled gondolas provide protection from the elements. A great family activity, the Ferris wheel caters to children of all ages and gondolas can carry up to eight passengers at one time, meaning even larger groups can travel together.

Despite being one of the most popular attractions in the city and generating long lines on weekends and holidays, a capacity of 300 people means that even on the busiest of days you can board the wheel soon enough. Bring a camera to capture the unparalleled views of Seattle’s downtown precinct, and of Bainbridge Island to the west.

Arrive at the Seattle Great Wheel at dusk to see the setting sun cast a golden glow over Seattle’s skyscrapers. An evening ride offers a beautiful view as the city’s lights weave a tapestry of color before you.

Equipped with a glass floor, this ride is not for those with vertigo, but is a fun experience for everyone else. You’ll be treated to a complimentary glass of champagne at a waterfront restaurant after the ride.

The Seattle Great Wheel is located on Pier 57, directly next to Seattle’s Waterfront Park. A city bus services the pier and some parking is available in the area for a fee. The wheel is open daily and you have to pay to ride. You can buy a ticket online or from local travel agents before arriving to avoid having to line up for the wheel’s ticket booth.


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Hyatt Regency Seattle $175
Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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Hyatt Regency Seattle

Hyatt Regency Seattle

808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Everyone was very accommodating and kind. The service was efficient. The concierge was great and very helpful.

    Motif Seattle $189
    Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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    Motif Seattle

    Motif Seattle

    1415 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The location is perfect to do many activities. The are not outlets convenient to mirrors except in the bathroom. This can offer a challenge when there is more than one person in the room. Also the lighting is terrible when the sun goes down.

      The Paramount Hotel $167
      Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019
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      The Paramount Hotel

      The Paramount Hotel

      724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
         
        4.6 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Staff very friendly. Hotel is very nice. Great location to restaurants and shopping

        The State Hotel $154
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        The State Hotel

        The State Hotel

        1501 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA
           
          4.7 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This brand new and beautifully appointed hotel in downtown Seattle was a pleasure to visit. The room was clean and attractive. We really enjoyed going up to the 8th floor observation deck for a drink and watching the sun set over Seattle. The view of the market, Mt. Rainier, Farris wheel and coast ...

          The Belltown Inn $128
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          The Belltown Inn

          The Belltown Inn

          2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
             
            4.1 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            We had a courtyard room which was quiet and just off the reservation desk on the first floor. The trundle bed underneath was a toe-stubbing issue. The room was very well appointed with a coffee pot and a kitchenette and sink. We did use the safe in the closet while we toured downtown Seattle which ...

            Hotel Theodore $180
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            Hotel Theodore

            Hotel Theodore

            1531 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
               
              4.4 of 5
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              Mediterranean Inn $159
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              Mediterranean Inn

              Mediterranean Inn

              425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Close to the harbour. Very clean. Check in was very fast. Service staff was helpful. Provided information on local restaurant.

                Executive Hotel Pacific $119
                Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019
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                Executive Hotel Pacific

                Executive Hotel Pacific

                400 Spring St, Seattle, WA
                   
                  3.8 of 5
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                  The bed was amazing! Super clean and nice room. Nice location, I appreciated the gym as well.