SeattleUnited States of America

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Visit Seattle

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!(8,972 area reviews)

A clean, walkable city center with tree-filled public spaces, shopping, boutique bars and restaurants, and views across the Puget Sound.

Downtown Seattle
Capitol Hill showing heritage architecture as well as an individual male

Capitol Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(126 area reviews)

Experience the leafy green parks, world-class art gallery and electric nightlife of this up-and-coming Seattle neighborhood.

Capitol Hill
Belltown which includes night scenes, street scenes and central business district

Belltown

Seattle’s ultra-modern side is evident in this neighborhood, where an active arts and partying scene thrives amid its shining skyscrapers.

Belltown
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks showing heritage architecture

Ballard

4.5/5Wonderful!(55 area reviews)

Gardens, bars, and shopping are some highlights of Ballard. Make a stop by Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or Nordic Heritage Museum while you're exploring.

Ballard
Alki Beach which includes a coastal town, a statue or sculpture and a memorial

West Seattle

4.5/5Wonderful!(56 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)

Tour some of Seattle’s greatest sights in a neighborhood that encompasses spectacular architecture, colorful art and swaths of green parkland.

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
NT$2,802
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

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! (13,198 reviews)

"Located steps from buses, grocery stores and restaurants. Only 2 blocks to Seattle center. Property was clean, inviting and had a spacious lobby and adjoining Starbucks."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/16

Mediterranean Inn
The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
NT$2,976
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

Located in Belltown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Waterfront, Space Needle, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Moore Theater and Pacific Science ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,840 reviews)

"Well situated, friendly staff and clean. Easy access to Pike’s and train to airport. No real disappointments as the price was perfect."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/17

The Belltown Inn
The Westin Seattle
The Westin Seattle
4 out of 5
1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$4,015
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in Belltown, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Seattle Central Business District, Westlake Center, and Nordstrom. Seattle Waterfront and Seattle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,190 reviews)

"Good location at a reasonable rate. The only downside was the restaurant was under renovation."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/6

The Westin Seattle

Popular things to do in Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

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

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

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

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

Catch an event at CenturyLink Field during your trip to Seattle. Experience the acclaimed art scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

T-Mobile Park
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T-Mobile Park

Catch an event at T-Mobile Park during your trip to Seattle. Experience the acclaimed theater scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 55.468032033609035%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.84088223710122%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.971248523040567%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.2078246028620192%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5120126033871603%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Seattle is great. The people can be a bit condescending.

5/5 - Excellent

Ellie

Jan 18, 2020

We were lucky enough to see sunshine after the snow! I just love Seattle! Even when it rains.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Wish there wasn't so much construction going on downtown.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Love the city! Didn't have a lot of time since it was just an overnight stay on our way to Leavenworth. It was extremely cold so walking was limited this time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

We flew in Friday morning and left Sunday morning and feel like we did it all. The weather was cold and wet but not unbearable at all. We used our cheapo Walmart umbrellas on Friday but really didn't them Saturday. Lots of walking so bring great shoe

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2020

Very weird vibe

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