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Downtown SeattleSeattle

The heart of this North American city is famous as the home of the original Starbucks, the lively Pike Place Market and breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.

Visitors to Downtown Seattle can enjoy its quirky market, iconic landmarks such as the Space Needle and an outstanding local cuisine.

Start your visit to Downtown Seattle at the world renowned Pike Place Market. This is where locals come for fresh flowers and seafood and tourists come to experience the atmosphere and activity.

Grab a cup of coffee where the original Starbucks opened back in 1971. Sip your drink while taking in the sights and the entertaining street performers.

Take the steep steps down to the waterfront and ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the nation. Riders are treated to stunning views of the Puget Sound and, on a clear day, majestic Mount Rainier and the surrounding towering peaks.

Getting out on the water is a must while you’re in Downtown Seattle. There are a variety of cruises to choose from. Take a narrated harbor trip to learn more about the area or a sunset sail for some of the most striking views of the Seattle skyline.

Walk just over a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Seattle’s waterfront to visit the city’s iconic landmark, the Space Needle. Take the elevator ride to the observation deck, or dine at the restaurant that sits atop it for 360-degree views of the entire region.

Just below the Space Needle is the Pacific Science Center, a popular destination for families. Take a journey back to the days of the dinosaurs or walk through the Tropical Butterfly House to watch the exotic insects fly and feed among lush gardens and brilliantly colored flowers.

When it’s time to refuel, you’ll find a wide range of dining choices. Stroll downtown streets for meals that often feature locally sourced ingredients, such as wild-caught salmon, fresh berries and mushrooms foraged from local forests.

Seattle has one of the best public transportation systems in the country, so getting around the downtown area is easy using the convenient bus, light rail and streetcar services.

Top Hotels in Downtown Seattle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
3 out of 5
1800 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $128 per night

Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Washington State Convention Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,120 reviews)

"I like how clean everything were and the customer service. The only thing that I didn't like was the fact there was so many noises going due to construction."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
3 out of 5
110 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $199 per night

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum of Pop Culture. Seattle Center and Seattle ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,161 reviews)

"Fabulous staff. Nice room. Lots of space. Very comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Hyatt Place Seattle Downtown
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Grand Hyatt Seattle
4 out of 5
721 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $233 per night

Located in Downtown Seattle, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Seattle Central Business District and Nordstrom. Seattle Paramount Theatre and Washington ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,249 reviews)

"It was goood people were nice city was nice place was clean"…"

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Grand Hyatt Seattle
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $194 per night

Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District and 5th Avenue Theater. Washington State Convention Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,920 reviews)

"Great hotel great service nice room beautiful view"…"

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown
Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle
Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle
3.5 out of 5
2200 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $143 per night

Located in Belltown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westlake Center, Seattle Waterfront, and Moore Theater. Space Needle and Chihuly Garden ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,695 reviews)

"Relaxing and comfortable accommodation for weary traveler 💕great location"…"

Reviewed on May 24, 2020

Staypineapple, Hotel FIVE, Downtown Seattle
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
3 out of 5
201 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Free Cancellation
The price is CA $168 per night

Located in South Lake Union, this hotel is steps away from Museum of Pop Culture and Space Needle. Seattle Center Arena and Pike Place Market are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,605 reviews)

"Excellent location. Staff is friendly and very helpful. We will definitely stay here again!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 10, 2020

Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown

Popular places to visit in Downtown Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(641 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(1,294 reviews)

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

Seattle Waterfront
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Seattle Waterfront

4.5/5(665 reviews)

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

Washington State Convention Center
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Washington State Convention Center

4/5(142 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.

Seattle Center
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Seattle Center

4.5/5(453 reviews)

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

Chihuly Garden and Glass
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Chihuly Garden and Glass

4.5/5(204 reviews)

Admire the riotous color of this museum’s exhibits, which feature kaleidoscopic glass sculptures from a renowned local glass artist.

Top things to do in Downtown Seattle

Boeing Factory & Future of Flight Center Tour with Transportation
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Boeing Factory & Future of Flight Center Tour with Transportation

90% of travellers recommend
CA $123
Per adult
Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour
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Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $202
Per adult
Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour
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Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour

90% of travellers recommend
CA $137
Per adult
Seattle City Highlights Tour
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Seattle City Highlights Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $91
Per adult
Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour
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Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour

96% of travellers recommend
CA $215
Per adult
Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market
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Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market

100% of travellers recommend
CA $77
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in Seattle

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

Belltown

Belltown is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Seattle Waterfront and Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. See more of Seattle by jumping on the metro at Westlake 7th St Station or Westlake Denny Wy Station.

Belltown
South Lake Union featuring a bay or harbour, boating and a coastal town

South Lake Union

4/5Very Good!(109 area reviews)

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in South Lake Union. Check out top attractions like Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Lake Union, and jump on the metro at Terry Av- Mercer St Station or Lake Union Park Station to see more of the city.

South Lake Union
Capitol Hill showing heritage architecture as well as an individual male

Capitol Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 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
Queen Anne featuring landscape views and a city

Queen Anne

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 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
Fremont showing food and café scenes

Fremont

3.5/5Good!(16 area reviews)

Fremont is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Lake Union and Fremont Troll.

Fremont
University District

University District

4/5Very Good!(47 area reviews)

If you're spending time in University District, you might enjoy attractions like University Village and Neptune Theater. 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