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Seattle Waterfront
Vacation Travel Guide

Seattle Waterfront featuring boating, sailing and city views

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

Seattle’s western border ends at the waterfront where the views across Puget Sound to islands and mountains are enhanced by elegant yachts, ships, cruise boats and ferries. Walk along the 2-mile (3-kilometer) stretch and browse quaint shops, explore the public spaces and piers, and enjoy the smells of the ocean air and freshly cooked seafood from the dozens of restaurants along the piers.

The waterfront runs for about 2 miles (3 kilometers) beneath the elevated Alaskan Way from Pioneer Square in the south to Centennial Park and Smith Cove docks to the north. The area has more than a century of history; in 1896, the Klondike Gold Rush catapulted Seattle’s waterfront into being the “Gateway to Alaska.” A few years later, the city became a major trading port and the huge port complex, just to the south of downtown, remains a fascinating feature. Grab some food at one of the seafood restaurants — from fast food to elegant — and enjoy superb waterfront views. Everything from oysters and mussels, to crisply battered fish and chips is available along this entertaining stretch of boardwalk. Don't miss the fresh Northwest Copper River salmon when it’s in season.

You can walk the waterfront from end-to-end in about 40 minutes, but allow another couple of hours at least for all the distractions. Browse exclusive stores for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, nautical knick-knacks and atmospheric artworks. Explore the fascinating Seattle Aquarium with its marine exhibits and touch pools on Pier 59. Meander through Myrtle Edwards Park with its peaceful bike and pedestrian trails. The adjacent Olympic Sculpture Park combines the natural beauty of Puget Sound with modern art along a trail that takes about an hour to walk at a brisk pace.

Hop aboard a ferry to Bainbridge Island and enjoy the journey as much as the final destination. The return trip offers some of the best views of Seattle’s skyline. The Seattle Waterfront is directly adjacent to downtown Seattle, and easy to find: just walk to the west, which is generally also downhill.

Top Hotels Close to Seattle Waterfront

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,289 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Paramount Theatre and Seattle Central Business District. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,470 reviews)
"Good location and well maintained."

Reviewed on 2021/4/19

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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Moore Theater and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Waterfront and Pike Place Market are ...
4/5Very Good! (1,231 reviews)
"It’s in the heart of Downton Seattle, close to everything. The rooms are spacious and very clean."

Reviewed on 2021/4/13

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Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$3,145 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Pioneer Square, this hotel is steps from Smith Tower, Seattle Waterfront, and Pioneer Square. Seattle Central Business District and Columbia Center ...
4.3/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"The proximity to restaurants and coffee shops was excellent. However, Seattle is not immune to big city issues, there are some dangers of walking at night. A block away from tents and vagabond, most minded there own business but worth noting there was an unpleasant incident that occurred. This is ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/17

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
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Best Lodging Options Near Seattle Waterfront

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,289 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Warwick Seattle
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
3 out of 5
612 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,145 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,625 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
The Paramount Hotel
Thompson Seattle
Thompson Seattle
4.5 out of 5
110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,564 per night from May 2 to May 3
Thompson Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,607 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Mediterranean Inn
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,372 per night from May 8 to May 9
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
4.5 out of 5
1000 1st Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$6,092 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
4 out of 5
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,825 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.