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.

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Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,363 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
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 ...
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Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,478 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Pacific Place and Game Works are also within 5 ...
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Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
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The price is NT$3,036 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
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Best Lodging Options Near Seattle Waterfront

Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,363 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
Warwick Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,478 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 27
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,036 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Mediterranean Inn
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,308 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Sheraton Grand Seattle
The Westin Seattle
The Westin Seattle
4 out of 5
1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,086 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
The Westin Seattle
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
4 out of 5
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,753 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
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The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,253 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 28
The Paramount Hotel
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
5 out of 5
411 University St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$6,730 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Mayflower Park Hotel
Mayflower Park Hotel
4 out of 5
405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,308 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Mayflower Park Hotel
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