Trip time! Discover the theater, art, and museums in Seattle.

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.

Known for

Shopping, Museums and Theaters

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Where to stay in Seattle

Downtown Seattle
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Downtown Seattle

Known for Shopping, Urban, Libraries

A clean, walkable city center with tree-filled public spaces, shopping, boutique bars and restaurants, and views across the Puget Sound.

Capitol Hill
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Capitol Hill

Known for Flowers, Shopping, Culture

Experience the leafy green parks, world-class art gallery and electric nightlife of this up-and-coming Seattle neighborhood.

University District
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University District

Known for Universities, Flowers, Entertainment

As you stroll through the collection of urban shopping and historic homes, mix in with students rushing between classes or relaxing when their work is done.

Queen Anne
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Queen Anne

Known for Urban, Scenery, Skyscrapers

Tour some of Seattle’s greatest sights in a neighborhood that encompasses spectacular architecture, colorful art and swaths of green parkland.

Belltown
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Belltown

Known for Walking, Urban, Theaters

Seattle’s ultra-modern side is evident in this neighborhood, where an active arts and partying scene thrives amid its shining skyscrapers.

South Lake Union
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South Lake Union

Known for Museums, Boating, Live Music

One of Seattle’s most scenic neighborhoods, this district houses fascinating museums along the tree-lined banks of its beautiful lake.

Top Hotels in Seattle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
2 out of 5
16838 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA
¥8,649
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
3.6/5Good! (7,798 reviews)

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! (7,798 reviews)

"I loved the convenience to the airport and that is the only thing really mattered because we had such an early departure....."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Red Roof Inn Seattle Airport - SEATAC
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Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
3 out of 5
11211 Main St, Bellevue, WA
¥8,048
per night
Oct 4 - Oct 5
3.7/5Good! (2,058 reviews)

Located in West Bellevue, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Bellevue, Bellevue Square, and Meydenbauer Center. Lincoln Square is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

3.7/5Good! (2,058 reviews)

"Reasonable prices great staff. Bathroom needs ceiling repair bubbled paint ,mildew on ceiling from inadequate ventilation."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA
2.5 out of 5
3100 South 192nd Street, SeaTac, WA
¥17,778
per night
Oct 3 - Oct 4
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,525 reviews)

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. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,525 reviews)

"friendly staff. helpful. beautiful and clean. excellent shuttle service. great refreshments"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA

Popular things to do in Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

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

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

Washington State Convention Center
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Washington State Convention Center

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.

University of Washington
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University of Washington

Walk around the campus of University of Washington, a top university in Seattle. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Seattle Center
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Seattle Center

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

Woodland Park Zoo
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Woodland Park Zoo

From tiny poison dart frogs to majestic lions, this award-winning zoo in Seattle gives you the opportunity to walk among the world’s most fascinating wildlife.

Top activities in Seattle

Seattle CityPASS: Save on Entry to 5 Best Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Save on Entry to 5 Best Attractions

¥10,697

Seattle CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Seattle’s top attractions at signifcant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. CityPASS tickets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

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

¥6,694

Experience 2 of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks with combo tickets to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The Space Needle has been transformed recently with a truly one-of-a-kind, multi-level observation deck, and Chihuly Garden and Glass attracts art lovers from around the world thanks to its spectactular glass creations.

Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market
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Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market

¥5,835

Get the inside scoop on where Seattle's best chefs get the ingredients to prepare their spectacular dishes. Follow a chef through the city's world-famous Pike Place Market and interact with artisan vendors who offer some of the world's freshest, most flavorful seafood and produce.

Museum of Pop Culture Tickets
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Museum of Pop Culture Tickets

¥3,241

Hands-on experiences, iconic artifact displays, and in-depth exhibitions dedicated to the past, the present, and the supremely cool moments of pop culture make Museum of Pop Culture a destination unlike any other.

Woodland Park Zoo Tickets
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Woodland Park Zoo Tickets

¥2,480

Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at Woodland Park Zoo, the 92-acre (37-ha) home to more than 1,100 animals and 300 species. The divided bioclimatic zones allow you to visit greater one-horned rhinos, African giraffes, and Asian small-clawed otters—among the newest residents.

Seattle Locks Cruise - Boat & Bus (Round trip)
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Seattle Locks Cruise - Boat & Bus (Round trip)

¥5,948

BOAT & BUS Roundtrip Locks Cruise - includes motor coach transfer; Departs and ends at Pier 55 Enjoy a narrated cruise over Lake Union, Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks, Puget Sound, and Elliott Bay.

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Best Things to Do in Seattle When it Rains
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Best Things to Do in Seattle When it Rains

If the weather in Seattle turns cloudy and you’re wondering what to do when it rains, fear not. Seattleites don’t let a rainy day ruin their plans, and neither should you.

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