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Travel Guide: Welcome to Seattle

Looking to visit Seattle, Washington? Here is everything you need to know about this gem in the Pacific Northwest: what to do, where to eat, when to go (miss the rain!), and how to save on flights and accomodation.



























## **An Intro to Seattle**

Seattle is a major seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the largest city in the state of Washington. Seattle’s cosmopolitan culture reflects its history and it is one of the fastest-growing major U.S. cities. It is an extremely popular city which attracts tourists all year round. Seattle has a diverse commercial history, with its first major industry being logging. In the ’80s and ’90s it became home to a number of companies including Microsoft and Amazon, establishing itself as a leading technology center in the United States. The primary language spoken in Seattle is American English with the official currency being the U.S. dollar.
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## **Top Attractions in Seattle**

**1. Meander Through the Historic Pike Place Market**

Any list of things to do in Seattle would not be complete without a reference to its most iconic landmark, the [Pike Place Market]( A haven for foodies and visitors looking to find locally made artisanal pieces, this is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the United States. It can be daunting to tackle the 11 buildings and 500-plus restaurants, shops, and vendor stalls that make up the market, so the best option is to book one of the many guided tours available.
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**2. Enjoy Art at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM)**

Just one block away from Pike Place Market, the [Seattle Art Museum]( holds some impressive pieces in its permanent collection. Visitors are mainly drawn to the Native American galleries with extraordinary works of art from the Northwestern Coast. Tickets are $24.95 and can be purchased in advance online.

**3. Uncover Seattle’s Heart at Pioneer Square**

Considered the birthplace of Seattle, Pioneer Square is a bustling and vibrant neighborhood, and your first stop at uncovering the city’s historic past. Top things to do include First Thursday art walks and underground tours to see the city as it was during the gold rush era. If you don’t feel like doing a specific activity, then a walk around the block among the historic brick buildings and one-of-a-kind boutiques is enough to get the city vibe under your skin.

**4. Get the Best City View From the Space Needle**

If you’re not afraid of heights, then 605 feet separate you from the most spectacular view over Seattle at the [Space Needle]( This iconic and futuristic-looking building was erected in 1962, and it’s _the_ place to take in a 360-degree view of Seattle. You can even dine at the revolving restaurant at the top. Space Needle tickets are $24 for general admission and $45 for the VIP Voyage with a Seattle specialist.
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**5. Travel Back in Time at MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture)**

Discover the history of pop culture – from music to movies and more – at the MoPOP ([Museum of Pop Culture]( From uncovering the past of Jimi Hendrix to getting your geek on at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, visitors are in for one serious trip back in time. Tickets are $25 (or $30 to visit the museum plus the special exhibition) and can be purchased online.

**6. Grab a Bite at Dick’s Drive In**

When you’re in the mood for a good old grilled beef burger and a milkshake, nothing beats the experience of eating at [Dick’s Drive In](, according to locals. Extra points: food at Dick’s doesn’t cost a fortune and is made with fresh ingredients. Seattle might be one of the [5 most hipster cities in the U.S.](, but some of it is still pretty down-to-earth authentic.

**7. Visit Smith Tower, Seattle’s First Skyscraper**

If historic icons are right up your alley, then you don’t want to miss the 1914 [Smith Tower]( The first skyscraper in the city welcomes you with a full-on experience of the history (and plenty of gossip) of this remarkable building. A must while there is the unmissable “Wishing Chair” selfie (if the rumors are right and this chair is magical, you might want to set your wedding date for the next year following your visit). Tickets are $17 with access to the observatory and bar.

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**8. Stop by Seattle’s First Coffee Shop**

It’s impossible not to get a great cup of joe in Seattle, where there seems to be a coffee shop at every corner. The birthplace of some mega coffee companies definitely knows what it’s doing when it comes to brewing the perfect cup, Americano-style. For a seriously immersive experience, head over to [Cafe Allegro](, the city’s first coffee shop, where you can visit its coffee roastery on the top floor.

**9. Experience Breathtaking Views at Discovery Park**

There is no such thing as too many gorgeous mountain photos on your Instagram feed. At the 534 acres of [Discovery Park](, outdoor activities are recommended but optional. You can make the best of your time here just by soaking in all the amazing views. If you do feel the impulse to exercise at the city’s largest park, the 11 miles of hiking trails may lead you to enchanted forests, soft sandy beaches and the occasional sight of a whale in the ocean or seals minding their own business at a local harbor.

**10. Chill at the Lake Union**

If water is your element, then the Lake Union will be your favorite spot in Seattle. Rent a kayak, paddleboard or boat from one of the many companies available on site, and then let the lulling waters of this massive lake in the middle of the city carry you away. For movie buffs, try to spot the houseboat from “Sleepless in Seattle” while you enjoy views from the lake.

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## **Dining Out in Seattle**

Seattle’s cuisine is diverse with something to suit most people’s palates and budgets. You will find many chain and independent restaurants in the city serving food from around the world. In fact, when it comes to food, there’s little you won’t find in Seattle. Seattle has some classic seafood-based specialities, such as salmon, that you should experience at one of the many seafood restaurants when you’re in the city.

From fine dining to cheap eats, Seattle has you covered. If you’re looking for food prepared and cooked by top-class chefs, you’ll find Seattle restaurants such as the Metropolitan Grill which delivers amazing steaks and American dishes at 820 2nd Avenue. Andaluca serves sensational Mediterranean fare at Mayflower Park Hotel, 407 Olive Way, and the Dahlia Lounge which has great vegetarian and vegan options available at 2001 4th Avenue.

If you want a quick dinner or food on the run that won’t stretch your wallet, then the following restaurants will satisfy you. The Crumpet Shop, located at 1503 1st Avenue, is the perfect place to start your day. Pike Place Chowder, located at 1530 Post Alley, has delicious, reasonably priced seafood options. Another great idea would be to grab something from one of the many food trucks, now a big part of the Boston culinary scene, that offer food from around the world.

Seattle is a world center for coffee roasting and coffee supply chain management and has many coffeeshops, including Starbucks, which is Seattle’s largest coffee retailer. It was founded in 1971 in Pike Place Market.

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## **Nightlife and Entertainment**

The legal drinking age in Seattle is 21. Seattle’s nightlife is as diverse as the culinary scene and has something for everyone. The city itself is home to several bars. Blues clubs, British bars, Irish pubs, lounges, dive bars, and college bars can be found throughout Seattle. Seattle also has a number of different locations in the city to visit, from the cocktail bars of Belltown to the cheap bars of the University District, and not forgetting the Capitol Hill, the center of the city’s LGBT and counterculture communities. With so many places to check out when you’re here, you’ll find out that the fun in Seattle continues late into the night.

## **Transportation in Seattle**

Once dominated by railways and streetcars, Seattle’s main modes of public transport are now buses and a couple of commuter rail routes between the city and the suburbs. However, streetcars still do operate in the city after a recent renovation and expansion of its network. Seattle has a well-developed transportation system with two public transportation agencies serving the city, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit. Metro Transit offers a trip planning service on its web site that allows you to plan your trip in and around Seattle. If you choose to [rent a car in Seattle](, remember that, similar to many major cities, Seattle has its own share of traffic congestion. Be ready for delays if you’re traveling during peak morning or evening commute periods.

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## **Climate in Seattle**

The climate of Seattle is classified as oceanic or temperate marine, with cool, wet winters, and warm, relatively dry summers. Pack your suitcases and plan your activities accordingly depending on when you’re visiting the city.

## **When to Visit Seattle**

Seattle is also known as rain city. The best time to visit Seattle is from September to November which is the city’s summer. The weather is the most favorable during these months and more often than not, dry.

## **How to Reach Seattle**

All flights to Seattle arrive at the [Seattle-Tacoma Airport]( Traveling from the airport to the city is fast and comfortable through the city’s public buses and [Link light rail]( Other options include taxis, rental cars and shuttle buses.

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## **Top Hotels in Seattle**

**On a Budget:**

Within walking distance from shops, restaurants and cafes, the [College Inn Seattle]( is one of the most popular hostels for solo travelers. There are 27 rooms, along with shared bathrooms and showers, complimentary continental breakfast and wireless Internet included.

**Comfortable Mid-range:**

Perfect for couples and families, the [Paramount Hotel]( is just three blocks away from the monorail.

**R&R in Style:**

For visitors who want the very best, the [Fairmont Olympic Hotel]( is top notch with its full-service spa. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel’s Italian Renaissance style is its calling card.

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