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SeattleUnited States of America

Discover a legendary music scene, technology feats and the art of coffee brewing in a city that has clearly moved on from its lumberjack beginnings and now simply shines.

Seattle is wedged between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and is nicknamed the Emerald City for its abundance of nature. Visit this city if you love the outdoors, family fun and music.

Seattle was named after a Native American local, “Chief Seattle,” and its first industry was tree logging. It is now one of the fastest growing American cities, with some 700,000 people calling it home and some 4 million people residing in the Seattle metropolitan area. Seattle has also become a thriving exports and technology hub, and is the global headquarters for many big-name companies.

The Seattle Center’s distinctive Space Needle, erected for the 1962 World Fair, is Seattle’s most famous landmark. This is not the highest local icon though - on a clear day the snow-capped Mount Rainer steals the show.

Seattle’s many neighborhoods serve up an eclectic mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment. Discover historic Pioneer Square for a little gold rush history, trendy Belltown, busy Downtown Seattle and the ever-popular Seattle Waterfront with its tall Seattle Great Wheel. Climb the steps to Pike Place Market or head to the Magnolia district to hike through the forest at Discovery Park and look out over Puget Sound.

Enjoy Seattle’s rich music scene, which flourished in the '90s when it produced “grunge” bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The legendary Jimi Hendrix was born here and the early jazz scene kick-started the career of the equally famous Ray Charles. See a rock band in a bar, watch the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall or listen to blues at the Highway 99 Blues Club on the waterfront.

For skyline views at sunset, cruise over to Puget Sound, with its tranquil Bainbridge Island, or head to Kerry Park. Watch cruise ships, ferries and sailboats crisscross Elliott Bay. If you have time for a long hike, take the 1.5-hour journey east to Mount Rainier National Park.

Where to stay in Seattle

Downtown Seattle which includes central business district and street scenes

Downtown Seattle

4/5Very Good!(1,861 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!(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
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
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
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

Top Hotels in 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 $153 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! (2,116 reviews)

"Only stayed one night so this was a very limited experience; however, overall I was very satisfied. A very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly front desk staff (3 different people). The location was chosen for my need (near the SCCA) & I-5. The SLU area has many developments in an older area so ..."…"

Reviewed on May 23, 2020

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Downtown/ S Lake Union
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Grand Hyatt Seattle
4 out of 5
721 Pine St, Seattle, WA
Free Cancellation
The price is CA $307 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! (2,244 reviews)

"View was so beautiful at night, and the staff was great"…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Grand Hyatt Seattle
Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
2 out of 5
16838 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA
The price is CA $71 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Silver Dollar Casino and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall. Angle Lake Park and North ...

3.6/5Good! (8,589 reviews)

"Everything,plus the front desk was very nice,roomclean"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 29, 2020

Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC

Popular places to visit in 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.

Top things to do in Seattle

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

90% of travellers recommend
CA $87
Per adult
Smith Tower Observatory Tickets
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Smith Tower Observatory Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
CA $31
Per adult
Pacific Science Center Tickets
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Pacific Science Center Tickets

80% of travellers recommend
CA $37
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 $78
Per adult
Seattle's Museum of History & Industry
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Seattle's Museum of History & Industry

100% of travellers recommend
CA $31
Per adult
Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

CA $56
Per adult

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

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3 - Okay 4.96850944716585%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

We enjoyed the Northwest Flower and Garden show very much.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 25, 2020

Our reason for coming to Seattle was the performance of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird” by the Seattle Opera at McCaw theatre. We enjoyed it. The Pike Place Market is lots of fun!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 25, 2020

Lots of history in Seattle. Great shopping and many micro breweries to try out. Try the underground tour and pikes place was great.

4/5 - Good

S

Feb 24, 2020

It is a happening place.

4/5 - Good

SuzieQ

Feb 21, 2020

Love visiting Dimitris Jazz Alley for live music and other smaller music venues. Parking always a challenge but we hit a long weekend and had free street parking for 24 hours - much appreciated!!!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Waterfront was interesting and food was great, but not a lot to see and do.

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