SeattleUnited States of America

4.4/5Top Destination

Trip time! Discover the theater, art, and live music in Seattle.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Theaters

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Where to stay in Seattle

Downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle featuring street scenes and central business district

Downtown Seattle

Known for Shopping, Urban, Libraries

4.5/5(7,887 reviews)

A clean, walkable city center with tree-filled public spaces, shopping, boutique bars and restaurants, and views across the Puget Sound.

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill showing heritage architecture as well as an individual male

Capitol Hill

Known for Flowers, Shopping, Culture

4.5/5(118 reviews)

Experience the leafy green parks, world-class art gallery and electric nightlife of this up-and-coming Seattle neighborhood.

Ballard
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks which includes a marina

Ballard

Known for Sunsets, Live Music, Gardens

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Gardens, bars, and shopping are some highlights of Ballard. Make a stop by Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or Nordic Heritage Museum while you're exploring.

Belltown
Belltown which includes night scenes, street scenes and central business district

Belltown

Known for Walking, Urban, Theaters

Seattle’s ultra-modern side is evident in this neighborhood, where an active arts and partying scene thrives amid its shining skyscrapers.

West Seattle
Alki Beach which includes a coastal town, a statue or sculpture and a memorial

West Seattle

Known for Scenery, Urban, Beaches

4.5/5(48 reviews)

West Seattle is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Alki Beach and Lincoln Park.

Queen Anne
Queen Anne showing a city and landscape views

Queen Anne

Known for Urban, Scenery, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Tour some of Seattle’s greatest sights in a neighborhood that encompasses spectacular architecture, colorful art and swaths of green parkland.

Top Hotels in Seattle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
$127
per night
Nov 14 - Nov 15
4.6/5Exceptional! (665 reviews)

"The bathroom in my room was gorgeous! From the shampoo to the touch lighted mirror, it was sleek and very clean."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
2 out of 5
16838 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA
$64
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22
3.6/5Good! (7,918 reviews)

"quick check in! got some tea and headed to my room for some needed rest."…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
Ramada by Wyndham SeaTac Airport
Ramada by Wyndham SeaTac Airport
2.5 out of 5
16720 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA
$70
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
3.3/5 (7,989 reviews)

"Very comfortable rooms and bed! Great size and close to transport"…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Ramada by Wyndham SeaTac Airport

Popular things to do in Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(4,184 reviews)

Seattle’s skyline is instantly recognizable when you see this soaring slender structure, built as a showpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market

4.5/5(5,922 reviews)

Climb the steps from the waterfront to discover Seattle’s fresh food hub, the oldest farmers’ market in the U.S.

Washington State Convention Center
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Washington State Convention Center

4/5(534 reviews)

Thanks to its wood paneling, ancient fir tables and locally produced food, this conference center lets you experience the beauty of Seattle even when you’re inside.

University of Washington
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University of Washington

4.5/5(1,374 reviews)

Walk around the campus of University of Washington, a top university in Seattle. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theater scene in this walkable area.

Seattle Center
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Seattle Center

4.5/5(2,288 reviews)

A product of the 1962 World Fair, this cultural precinct is where sports, theater, film and fine dining come together in Seattle.

Woodland Park Zoo
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Woodland Park Zoo

4.5/5(698 reviews)

From tiny poison dart frogs to majestic lions, this award-winning zoo in Seattle gives you the opportunity to walk among the world’s most fascinating wildlife.

Top activities in Seattle

Seattle CityPASS: Save on Entry to 5 Best Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Save on Entry to 5 Best Attractions

$99

Seattle CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Seattle’s top attractions at signifcant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo
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Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo

$62

Experience 2 of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks with combo tickets to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The Space Needle has been transformed recently with a truly one-of-a-kind, multi-level observation deck, and Chihuly Garden and Glass attracts art lovers from around the world thanks to its spectactular glass creations.

Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market
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Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market

$54

Get the inside scoop on where Seattle's best chefs get the ingredients to prepare their spectacular dishes. Follow a chef through the city's world-famous Pike Place Market and interact with artisan vendors who offer some of the world's freshest, most flavorful seafood and produce.

Museum of Pop Culture Tickets
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Museum of Pop Culture Tickets

$30

Hands-on experiences, iconic artifact displays, and in-depth exhibitions dedicated to the past, the present, and the supremely cool moments of pop culture make Museum of Pop Culture a destination unlike any other.

Woodland Park Zoo Tickets
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Woodland Park Zoo Tickets

$16

Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at Woodland Park Zoo, the 92-acre (37-ha) home to more than 1,100 animals and 300 species. The divided bioclimatic zones allow you to visit greater one-horned rhinos, African giraffes, and Asian small-clawed otters—among the newest residents.

Zombie Scavengers Game - Everett, WA
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Zombie Scavengers Game - Everett, WA

$3

Recommended starting location to start Zombie Scavengers. This is where you will begin your hunt to survive the zombie apocalypse. (Please start outside)

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.830230826507815%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.95457930007446%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.14668652271035%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5212211466865228%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 17, 2019

Loved the food, and a very walkable place. Scenic! Easy transportation to/from the airport to the downtown area. Rain does not bother me, so that is not an issue for us.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

It was a fun spontaneous trip, a weekend was the perfect amount of time to see/do everything Seattle had to offer.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

We will be back !

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Peaceful. I’m vegetarian, and appreciated the abundant options.

4/5 - Good

KL

Oct 15, 2019

nice people, pretty city, but parking is hard in city and expensive

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Seattle is great, but for the price there are way better and more charming hotels. Nothing wrong with the hotel just not that memorable

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