Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront featuring boating, sailing and city views

Seattle Waterfront

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A wonderful place to stroll and dine, this ever-changing attraction is more than just a place where land meets sea.

Seattle’s western border ends at the waterfront where the views across Puget Sound to islands and mountains are enhanced by elegant yachts, ships, cruise boats and ferries. Walk along the 2-mile (3-kilometer) stretch and browse quaint shops, explore the public spaces and piers, and enjoy the smells of the ocean air and freshly cooked seafood from the dozens of restaurants along the piers.

The waterfront runs for about 2 miles (3 kilometers) beneath the elevated Alaskan Way from Pioneer Square in the south to Centennial Park and Smith Cove docks to the north. The area has more than a century of history; in 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush catapulted Seattle’s waterfront into being the “Gateway to Alaska.” A few years later, the city became a major trading port and the huge port complex, just to the south of downtown, remains a fascinating feature. Grab some food at one of the seafood restaurants — from fast food to elegant — and enjoy superb waterfront views. Everything from oysters and mussels, to crisply battered fish and chips is available along this entertaining stretch of boardwalk. Don't miss the fresh Northwest Copper River salmon when it’s in season.

You can walk the waterfront from end-to-end in about 40 minutes, but allow another couple of hours at least for all the distractions. Browse exclusive stores for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, nautical knick-knacks and atmospheric artworks. Explore the fascinating Seattle Aquarium with its marine exhibits and touch pools on Pier 59. Meander through Myrtle Edwards Park with its peaceful bike and pedestrian trails. The adjacent Olympic Sculpture Park combines the natural beauty of Puget Sound with modern art along a trail that takes about an hour to walk at a brisk pace.

Hop aboard a ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy the journey as much as the final destination. The return trip offers some of the best views of Seattle’s skyline. The Seattle Waterfront is directly adjacent to downtown Seattle, and easy to find: just walk to the west, which is generally also downhill.

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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $140 per night from May 30 to May 31
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4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
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Mediterranean Inn
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3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $154 per night from May 24 to May 25
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The Belltown Inn
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2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is $119 per night from May 18 to May 19
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4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $194 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Mediterranean Inn
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3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
The price is $154 per night from May 24 to May 25
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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121
The price is $140 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $170 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
4.5 out of 5
515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is $179 per night from May 29 to May 30
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Executive Hotel Pacific
Executive Hotel Pacific
3 out of 5
400 Spring St, Seattle, WA, 98104
The price is $129 per night from May 22 to May 23
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The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $169 per night from May 30 to May 31
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Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101
The price is $170 per night from May 30 to May 31
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