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Seattle
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Seattle

Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $115 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Moore Theater and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are ...

4/5Very Good! (1,231 reviews)

"I loved the city view."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Warwick Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is CA $145 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,449 reviews)

"Beautiful room and building. The staff was very kind and helpful. A gentleman named Lee at the front desk stood out as very patient and caring as he guided us through the Hyatt amenities. He made the largest impact by far."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Hyatt Regency 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 CA $95 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,012 reviews)

"Appreciated the cleanliness aspect of the hotel including the to go breakfast and visibly seeing multiple workers cleaning. The shuttle was also prompt with phone call both from and to airport"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 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.
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 CA $109 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

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 Microsoft ...

3.9/5Good! (2,130 reviews)

"The staff was great! It was fabulously clean and comfortable!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 16, 2021

Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
3 out of 5
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA
The price is CA $174 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Located in Downtown Redmond, 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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,782 reviews)

"The cleanliness of this hotel was beyond my expectations. On the day of check in I clean the room from top to bottom and found it to be spot less. I wiped down every surface and even places where you normally would not touch and did not find a speck of dust. Huge kudos to the housekeeping staff for ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2021

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 CA $119 per night from Apr 12 to Apr 13

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,319 reviews)

"Front desk personnel were all extremely helpful and ready to accommodate our unique requests. Friendly, professional, and responsive are qualities that best describe their staff."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2021

Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
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.

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Reviews of Seattle

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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

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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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