SeattleUnited States of America

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Visit Seattle

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
Downtown Seattle featuring street scenes and central business district

Downtown Seattle

Known for Shopping, Urban, Libraries

4.5/5(8,586 reviews)

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

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill showing heritage architecture as well as an individual male

Capitol Hill

Known for Flowers, Shopping, Culture

4.5/5(123 reviews)

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

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

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.

Ballard
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks showing heritage architecture

Ballard

Known for Sunsets, Live Music, Gardens

4.5/5(54 reviews)

Gardens, bars, and shopping are some highlights of Ballard. Make a stop by Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or Nordic Heritage Museum while you're exploring.

West Seattle
Alki Beach which includes a coastal town, a statue or sculpture and a memorial

West Seattle

Known for Scenery, Urban, Beaches

4/5(55 reviews)

West Seattle is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Alki Beach and Lincoln Park.

Queen Anne
Queen Anne showing a city and landscape views

Queen Anne

Known for Urban, Scenery, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(27 reviews)

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

Top Hotels in Seattle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
4 out of 5
Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
¥15,542
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

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! (2,394 reviews)

"This hotel is so nice and cozy. It’s center to most tourist things"…"

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
¥12,830
per night
Dec 30 - Dec 31

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (912 reviews)

"Great location, friendly courteous staff, super clean and well maintained, overall wonderful hotel and experience."…"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2019

Hyatt Regency Seattle
The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
¥7,479
per night
Dec 26 - Dec 27

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! (5,747 reviews)

"I would stay here again. It was centrally located and quaint."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

The Belltown Inn

Popular things to do in Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(4,385 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(6,246 reviews)

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

4/5(578 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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trover photo by Cyn Hop

CenturyLink Field

4.5/5(958 reviews)

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

T-Mobile Park
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trover photo by Shannon Rocco

T-Mobile Park

4.5/5(804 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.

University of Washington
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University of Washington

4.5/5(1,460 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Seattle

Seattle CityPASS: Save on 5 Must-See Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Save on 5 Must-See Attractions

¥10,839

Enjoy huge savings on admission to Seattle's must-see attraction with CityPASS tickets. Take your time and enjoy each attraction, with up to 9 consecutive days to use your tickets.

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

¥6,783

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

¥5,912

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

¥3,285

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

¥1,697

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.

Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle City Tours
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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle City Tours

¥8,102

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Shutter Tours - Day Tours, Seattle, WA 98101 Join Shutter Tours for an exciting 4 hour sightseeing tour of Seattle. Stop At: Pike Place Market, 97 Pike St Between Pike and Pine Sts.

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Flav

Dec 10, 2019

Better than expected!

4/5 - Good

willem

Dec 10, 2019

Wonderful place. Needs some love

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 10, 2019

What`s up with those Seattle drivers wow.all i got to say

5/5 - Excellent

Amelia

Dec 9, 2019

We loved visiting Seattle and exploring the area. We spent most of our time hiking and used the AllTrails app to find most of our adventures. I would recommend checking out Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Mt Rainier.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 9, 2019

Beautiful city, great people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Was an amazing place, I recommend everyone go to Seattle if they can

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