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Seattle Waterfront Holidays

This three-kilometre waterfront stretch is one of Seattle’s foremost leisure and entertainment destinations. Soak up some of the atmosphere as you wander round.

Walk all the way west from the heart of town and soon you’ll reach Seattle’s western border, the waterfront alongside Puget Sound with its islands and mountains beyond. This three-kilometre coastline is home to shops, piers and public spaces where you can wander and savour the sea air or taste some of the freshly caught fish on offer all around.

Running beneath the raised Alaskan Way from Pioneer Square in the south to Centennial Park and Smith Cove Docks in the north, the Seattle Waterfront is alive with a remarkably rich heritage. It first grew in the late 1890s out of the Klondike Gold Rush, quickly emerging as the ‘Gateway to Alaska’. Over time as the city became a key trading city in its own right, its port complex grew and still today it remains as a fascinating attraction for visitors eager to see Seattle’s real life history outside the museums.

In the restaurants nestled all around the waterfront you can find fare to suit every taste and budget, from fast food to fine dining experiences, all while savouring the view across the water. The seafood here is of course legendary, as you would only expect from such a part of the world where fishmongers carry such a great reputation. Whether you’re looking to try some oysters, mussels, or even battered fish and chips, you’ll find it all along the boardwalk. The Northwest Copper River salmon is a particular local delicacy, and not to be missed if you’re in Seattle at the right time.

The waterfront is a jolly walk, and you can get from one end to the other comfortably in under an hour, but be sure to take some time out of your schedule to truly enjoy the shops and the art on offer here. Unique souvenirs are available from the shops and stalls, as are fascinating art pieces that may end up making the perfect memento of your visit to Seattle. The Seattle Aquarium is located here on Pier 59 too, with marine exhibits and touch pools well worth a visit.

Head for Myrtle Edwards Park where you can go biking or take a walk along the pedestrian trail. The Olympic Sculpture Park meanwhile lies adjacent and showcases some tremendous pieces of modern art that you can admire while enjoying a brisk walk.

Get on board the ferry to Bainbridge Island for a very special journey across Puget Sound, as well as a unique opportunity to see a remarkable view of all Seattle. Directly adjacent to downtown Seattle, the waterfront is easily accessible to the west of town.


Guide to Exploring around Seattle Waterfront


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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.

    The Belltown Inn $159
    Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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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 ...

      Motif Seattle $199
      Reviewed on Jun 24, 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

        Its clean and pretty! Staff was friendly. The o ky thing that was annoying is the fact that tbe walld are no sound proof at all. We cpukd hear everything going on outside

        Mediterranean Inn $159
        Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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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.

          The Paramount Hotel $171
          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

            Hotel Theodore $189
            Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019
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            Hotel Theodore

            Hotel Theodore

            1531 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Refrigerator in room was the mini bar. Can’t use it for personal use without being charged.

              The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel $174
              Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019
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              The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

              The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

              Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Superb water view of the bay! A cozy resort feel with a fireplace to make you feel like you are in a lodge in Alaska.

                The State Hotel $181
                Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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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 ...