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SeattleUnited States of America

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.

Where to stay in Seattle

Downtown Seattle featuring street scenes and central business district

Downtown Seattle

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,584 area reviews)

Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium are a few top attractions in Downtown Seattle. Hop around the city on the metro at Westlake Station or University Street Station and check out the area's fascinating museums, great live music, and popular shops.

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

Capitol Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(128 area reviews)

Take time in Capitol Hill to visit attractions like Lake View Cemetery - Bruce Lee's Grave and Seattle Asian Art Museum. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Capitol Hill Station to see more of the city.

Capitol Hill
University District

University District

4/5Very Good!(493 area reviews)

If you're spending time in University District, you might enjoy attractions like Neptune Theater and University Village. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at University of Washington Station to see more of the city.

University District
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks showing heritage architecture

Ballard

4.5/5Wonderful!(57 area reviews)

Gardens, bars, and shopping are just a few things travelers enjoy about Ballard. Check out Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or Nordic Heritage Museum while you're exploring the area.

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

West Seattle

4.5/5Wonderful!(58 area reviews)

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

West Seattle
Queen Anne showing a city and landscape views

Queen Anne

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Queen Anne is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Seattle Center and Museum of Pop Culture, and you can get around town on the metro at Seattle Center Monorail Station.

Queen Anne

Top Hotels in Seattle

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
2.5 out of 5
18850 28th Ave South, SeaTac, WA
The price is $70 per night from Nov 20 to Nov 21

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Silver Dollar Casino and Angle Lake Park. Valley Ridge Park is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Angle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,204 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay at this property. Very secure and quiet"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
2.5 out of 5
20717 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $71 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Angle Lake Park and Silver Dollar Casino. Valley Ridge Park and Highline Community College are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,743 reviews)

"Great customer service, the room was clean plenty of towels. Coffee and breakfast was provided. Refrigerator was provided without asking."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
4 out of 5
1053 Lake Washington Boulevard North, Renton, WA
The price is $139 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated near the airport, in Renton, this hotel is close to The Landing, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, and Lakeridge Park. Area attractions also include ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,122 reviews)

"Excellent place to relax for a mini vacation. Very, clean, modern and comfortable. Staff was wonderful and I will definitely be back next time I am out that way."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
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.

Vacation Rentals in Seattle

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
3 out of 5
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA
The price is $101 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Downtown, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from DigiPen Institute of Technology and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Microsoft Campus. Bellevue Square and University ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,713 reviews)

"The front desk was very kind and helpful whenever I had a request. As a front desk supervisor myself, I was extremely pleased with how my friends and I were treated. I hope to come back again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
1701 E Valley Rd, Renton, WA
The price is $79 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Boeing Company and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall. Renton Shopping Center ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,278 reviews)

"Its hidden away and like a ttle apartment. Great for a weekend away from it all"…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont
Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont
3 out of 5
3926 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is $99 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1

Located in Fremont, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremont Troll and Lake Union. Woodland Park Zoo and University of Washington are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (567 reviews)

"This was a great stay. Staff was so helpful. I liked that laundry washing and drying were free.Rooms were so comfy, it felt like home."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2020

Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont
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.

Popular places to visit in Seattle

Top things to do in Seattle

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.18646579402321%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.88540380340825%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.174611015065448%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2472215361817733%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5062978513213139%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

There is a trash and homeless issue.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

I went the night of the Riot. That sucked, it was right outside & pepper spray was in the air in the lobby. Not the hotels fault.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 25, 2020

From my observation a very clean & easy city to get around. Very good dining options, places of interest & lots of attractions to see & visit.

4/5 - Good

Steve

May 23, 2020

A lot of hills & fairly expensive. Because of the businesses & attractions closed due to the Covid-19 shutdown orders, there wasn’t much to see or visit & Seattle is dealing with homelessnes. However, the weather was great and SLU is a beautiful area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

No one but bums out on the streets. Very peaceful during the pandemic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2020

Favorite city!

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