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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!(9,522 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!(490 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!(57 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
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
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

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! (13,436 reviews)

"Great location. So many places to eat nearby. Neighborhood friendly. Cleaners & CVS close by."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Mediterranean Inn
Wingate by Wyndham SeaTac Airport
Wingate by Wyndham SeaTac Airport
2.5 out of 5
19031 International Blvd., SeaTac, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥10,686
per night
Mar 31 - Apr 1

Situated in SeaTac, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Silver Dollar Casino and Angle Lake Park. Valley Ridge Park and Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (97 reviews)

"This is a very new facility and very well maintained. I wish that i could've stayed longer than one night. I will definitely come back here and recommend it to anyone going to Seattle in the near future."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Wingate by Wyndham SeaTac Airport
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
4 out of 5
Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

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! (2,640 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel with lots of beautiful views and amenities. I give it a high recommendation."…"

Reviewed on Mar 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(4,566 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(6,546 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(3,967 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(633 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(1,020 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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T-Mobile Park

4.5/5(854 reviews)

Catch an event at T-Mobile Park during your trip to Seattle. Experience the great live music and acclaimed art scene 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
¥12,004
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
¥5,936
Per adult
Scenic Harbor Cruise of Elliott Bay & Seattle Skyline
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Scenic Harbor Cruise of Elliott Bay & Seattle Skyline

92% of travellers recommend
¥3,684
Per adult
Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour
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Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour

90% of travellers recommend
¥10,577
Per adult
Boeing Factory & Future of Flight Center Tour with Transportation
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Boeing Factory & Future of Flight Center Tour with Transportation

90% of travellers recommend
¥9,574
Per adult
Smith Tower Observatory Tickets
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Smith Tower Observatory Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
¥2,445
Per adult

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
4450
5 - Excellent 55.32073595226256%
4 - Good
2880
4 - Good 35.803083043262056%
3 - Okay
575
3 - Okay 7.1481849825957235%
2 - Disappointing
98
2 - Disappointing 1.218299353555445%
1 - Terrible
41
1 - Terrible 0.5096966683242168%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

A beautiful city to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

I will never forget how it felt to be downtown with the city was a "ghost town "

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Due to corona virus & closure of all attractions we went to Snoqualmie Falls and Rattlesnake Ledge to hike.I highly recommend both of these. We walked the Green Lake loop and ate in Capitol Hill,China Town, and Pike Place. It was still a fun trip!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Would recommend Seattle for a great get away.

4/5 - Good

Andrea

Mar 20, 2020

The issue of homeless on the streets, shouting and walking around has definitely gotten worse. Many areas didn't feel safe because of it. Seattle is a beautiful city, with lots to see! Beware of construction sites by the hotel! Hidden fees on stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

13 coins was amazingly delicious

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