Seattle, WA

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From Puget Sound to Mount Rainier, this region offers great outdoor experiences, many cultural attractions and a bustling city life.

Seattle is known for a unique lifestyle of laid-back coffee shops, pleasant waterfront relaxation and endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Explore the iconic downtown marketplace and cultural highlights. Visit distinct neighborhoods and venture beyond the city for amazing natural attractions.

Read the book Fish! about business success and employee morale at the Pike Place Fish Market. During the day see employees tossing fish as they fill orders. Nearby is the amazing but rather disgusting Gum Wall. Stop at the market’s many other shops for souvenirs and dining. The original Starbucks store is a popular attraction.

Walk the short distance to the Seattle Waterfront area for shopping, dining and attractions along several piers. Visit the touch pool at the Seattle Aquarium and ask questions of divers swimming among sea creatures in the giant tank. Enclosed gondolas on the Great Wheel provide comfortable rides year-round. Take a harbor cruise and gaze back at the city’s pretty skyline.

Wander along the downtown streets to tour the oddly shaped Central Public Library and the Seattle Art Museum. In the evening the Seattle Symphony performs across the street at Benaroya Hall.

Take the short overhead monorail to the Seattle Center and rise 520 feet (160 meters) in the Space Needle for 360-degree views encompassing Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the entire Seattle area. At the base of the tower are several museums. The Experience Music Project features an eclectic collection ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Star Trek inside a Frank Gehry-designed building. See amazing artworks created from colorful glass in the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center offers inspiration for global innovation and aid.

Seattle’s Chinatown-International District is walkable from downtown. Visit great Asian restaurants and shops. Attend professional football or soccer at nearby CenturyLink Field and baseball at Safeco Field.

Gaze at Mount Rainier from many vantage points across the city or drive 2 hours from Seattle for a close-up view of this impressive snow-covered active volcano.

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Where to stay in Seattle

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
3 out of 5
3100 South 192nd Street, SeaTac, WA
The price is $101 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 5
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Angle Lake Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield Southcenter Mall and Starfire Sports Complex. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (3,029 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable. No hot breakfast or cookies as indicated on Google review and Hotel site."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 22
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Pacific Place and Game Works are also within 5 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,548 reviews)
"The room was perfect and the cafe on the second floor was amazing."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is $109 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,645 reviews)
"HOTEL WAS NEAR TOURISTIC SITES. LOVED IT."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Mediterranean Inn
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
3 out of 5
380 Upland Dr., Tukwila, WA
The price is $86 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
Located in Southcenter, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Family Fun Center and Starfire Sports Complex. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (756 reviews)
"Good bed, liked the kitchen"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
15805 SE 37th St, Bellevue, WA
The price is $95 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Located in East Lake Hills, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bellevue College, T-Mobile USA Headquarters, and Factoria Mall. Lake Washington and Lake ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,233 reviews)
"Quiet, convenient, friendly. A bit outdated in some ways, but still quite comfortable."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
3 out of 5
206 Western Ave W, Seattle, WA
The price is $93 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Queen Anne, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center and Seattle Waterfront. Space Needle and Pike Place Market are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,020 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Seattle

Choose from a diverse range of ways to get around Seattle. There is the Link Light Rail, the King County Metro Transit, Seattle Streetcars, bike sharing and, of course, the famous Seattle Center Monorail. Taxis are another popular way of getting around the city, as are rental cars. Seattle’s King Street train station, meanwhile, offers rail connections to a range of destinations outside the city. Visit the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) website. Browse Seattle rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Seattle in summer or in early fall if you would like to dodge the city’s famous rains as much as possible. June through September have warm daytime temperatures going up to around 75 F (24 C), while temperatures plunge and the rains begin in earnest in the middle of October. In winter, the weather will usually be quite gray, so this is not the time of year to see this lovely city at its best.

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