SeattleUnited States of America

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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 featuring street scenes and central business district

Downtown Seattle

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,354 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
Alki Beach which includes a coastal town, a statue or sculpture and a memorial

West Seattle

4.5/5Wonderful!(57 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
University District

University District

4/5Very Good!(479 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
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks showing heritage architecture

Ballard

4.5/5Wonderful!(55 area reviews)

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

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

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

Top Hotels in Seattle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
¥8,349
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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

4.1/5Very Good! (5,991 reviews)

"Great stay bed was comfortable and was a perfect walking distance location. Would stay agin!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

The Belltown Inn
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
¥10,638
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...

4.3/5Excellent! (13,298 reviews)

"Great staff and location. Check out time of 12 was convenient"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Mediterranean Inn
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
4 out of 5
Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
¥13,985
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Belltown, this romantic hotel is steps from Pier 66, Seattle Waterfront, and Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,430 reviews)

"This was a pleasant surprise. Will book at this hotel again."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

Popular things to do in Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(4,527 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(6,494 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(3,913 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(619 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.

CenturyLink Field
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CenturyLink Field

4.5/5(1,007 reviews)

Catch an event at CenturyLink Field during your trip to Seattle. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

T-Mobile Park
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T-Mobile Park

4.5/5(843 reviews)

Catch an event at T-Mobile Park during your trip to Seattle. Experience the acclaimed art scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Top activities in Seattle

Seattle CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Seattle Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Seattle Attractions

92% of travellers recommend
¥10,865
Per adult
Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo
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Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo

90% of travellers recommend
¥6,799
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
¥5,932
Per adult
Museum of Pop Culture Tickets
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Museum of Pop Culture Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
¥3,296
Per adult
Woodland Park Zoo Tickets
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Woodland Park Zoo Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
¥1,701
Per adult
Museum Heist Escape Game
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Museum Heist Escape Game

¥2,963
Per adult

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4384
5 - Excellent 55.40250221155061%
4 - Good
2834
4 - Good 35.814482497156575%
3 - Okay
559
3 - Okay 7.064324529255655%
2 - Disappointing
96
2 - Disappointing 1.2131934790850498%
1 - Terrible
40
1 - Terrible 0.5054972829521042%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Be ready for some fast driving and heavy traffic; try to avoid most traffic by traveling off peak hours. Seattle is a wonderful city with a lot of things to do and a lot of great people.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Lots of homeless, alleyways between stores were dirty, we saw rats openly running around?

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Lots of begging homeless. Extremely dirty ! Not the same Seattle that people loved even just 10 years age.. Bring a concealed weapon with you if you decide to walk around the streets.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

The parking is awful

4/5 - Good

Jessica

Feb 23, 2020

Im from Chicago, and Seattle made me feel at home in the best way. The only thing that i did not like (but had no control over) is the amount of homeless people. Other than that the city is pretty clean and quiet, the harbor is awesome. Love it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

There are so many great places to eat here! I wish we had more time. Just walking around Seattle was fun. The streets are a little tricky as the 4, 5, or 6 way street lights are not always straight forward.

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