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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 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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 ¥8,024 per night

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! (1,108 reviews)

"My room was super super clean and the front desk people were very friendly and wonderful, my bed was great, I was very very happy. The parking situation was not very good for somebody like me with a pick up truck. There needed to be more spaces. And not tiny spaces underground in the garage."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 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
The price is ¥8,297 per night

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! (1,720 reviews)

"It is always a pleasure to stay at the hotel, Khit and the entire front desk team are always so pleasant and helpful. I end up staying at the Hotel 2-3 times a month and its always a pleasure. Thanks for everything. Daniel Culver"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 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 ¥14,319 per night

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! (1,094 reviews)

"Nice hotel, great service and amazing lake view from our room."…"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2020

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport

Popular places to visit in Seattle

Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market

4.5/5(6,559 reviews)

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

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(4,579 reviews)

Seattle’s skyline is instantly recognizable when you see this soaring slender structure, built as a showpiece for the 1962 World’s Fair.

Seattle Waterfront
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Seattle Waterfront

4.5/5(3,984 reviews)

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

University of Washington
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University of Washington

4.5/5(1,574 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around University of Washington, a top university in Seattle. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

T-Mobile Park
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T-Mobile Park

4.5/5(862 reviews)

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

CenturyLink Field
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CenturyLink Field

4.5/5(1,027 reviews)

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

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

¥6,641
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour
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Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour

¥15,490
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour
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Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour

¥16,528
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Seattle City Highlights Tour
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Seattle City Highlights Tour

¥6,943
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Seattle CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Seattle Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Seattle Attractions

¥11,538
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Yoga Trapeze class
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Yoga Trapeze class

¥1,644
Per adult

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4469
5 - Excellent 55.18646579402321%
4 - Good
2906
4 - Good 35.88540380340825%
3 - Okay
581
3 - Okay 7.174611015065448%
2 - Disappointing
101
2 - Disappointing 1.2472215361817733%
1 - Terrible
41
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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