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Seattle Waterfront
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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$3,225 per night from May 23 to May 23
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! (1,560 reviews)
"The room was a bit smaller than I was expecting but everything else was good. We were lucky and got a room on the 28th floor and the view was spectacular. The beds were comfy and the room was very clean."

Reviewed on 2021/5/13

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,768 per night from May 16 to May 16
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,530 reviews)
"Very nice hotel."

Reviewed on 2021/5/15

Mediterranean Inn
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,628 per night from May 18 to May 18
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! (1,254 reviews)
"It's a beautiful classic old hotel with wonderful views (18th floor.) Maybe just because of the pandemic but services left a bit to be desired. Had to make a reservation to use the workout facilities (it was booked up for most of our trip) and the pool. Housekeeping was a little stingy with towels/soap. ..."

Reviewed on 2021/5/14

Warwick Seattle
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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$3,225 per night from May 23 to May 23
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,768 per night from May 16 to May 16
Mediterranean Inn
Warwick Seattle
Warwick Seattle
3.5 out of 5
401 Lenora St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$2,628 per night from May 18 to May 18
Warwick Seattle
The State Hotel
The State Hotel
4 out of 5
1501 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,943 per night from May 16 to May 16
The State Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
The Paramount Hotel
3.5 out of 5
724 Pine St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,145 per night from May 23 to May 23
The Paramount Hotel
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,998 per night from May 27 to May 27
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Thompson Seattle
Thompson Seattle
4.5 out of 5
110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$4,755 per night from May 31 to May 31
Thompson Seattle
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
4 out of 5
2100 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$5,203 per night from May 28 to May 28
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$3,495 per night from May 21 to May 21
Crowne Plaza Seattle - Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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.