Seattle in Washington, United States sits proudly in the Pacific Northwest along the Pungent Sound. The city is a unique mix natural beauty and progressive technology, being headquarters for Microsoft and Amazon.com.
Plenty of green space has earned it the title “Emerald City” while the city itself is flanked by beautiful evergreen forests and mountains.
Getting to Seattle
Seattle is served by the Seattle-Tacoma International airport (SEA) for domestic and international flights. It is located on the Pacific Highway South at 17801 International Boulevard.
The airport is easily accessible by Interstates 5 and 405 and State Routes 99 and 518. Since it is so accessible by major highways, most people drive to Sea-Tac Airport. The airport has a wide range of parking options. It is also very easy to pre-book your car rental pickup at Seattle airport before your trip.
The airport is also served by Seattle’s Central Link light-rail line, two city bus systems and a scheduled bus service to Vancouver, Canada.
Getting Around Seattle
Renting a car would be a good idea if you want to visit the outlying areas or Mount Rainier. Public transit options in the city include city buses (Metro Transit, Sound Transit, and Community Transit), the South Lake Union Street Car, the Seattle Center Monorail, and the King County Water Taxi.
Where To Stay In Seattle
Seattle’s best hotels are right in the heart of the bustling downtown area. You will find these hotels particular ideal if you have flown in to Seattle and used public transit for travelling to the city. Some really good accommodation options are available within a 10-block range of Pike Place Market.
Here you will have access to plenty of restaurants, nightlife, and shopping within walking distance. You can also walk down to the waterfront to enjoy mountain views or catch a ferry to Alki Beach or Bainbridge Island.
Attractions And Things To Do In Seattle
When you visit visitors Seattle, you will want to take advantage of both the city’s arts and culture and the natural beauty of its outdoors.
The Space Needle and monorail is an exciting landmark not to be missed. There are several great museums to spend time in such as the downtown Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History, Capitol Hill’s Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle Center.
If you want to appreciate the city’s outdoor beauty, be sure to visit Discovery and Magnuson parks, and of course the beaches north of Ballard and in West Seattle. And for the ultimate in scenic beauty, stunning Mount Rainier is a day trip away.
Seattle has many celebrated restaurants with award-winning chefs. You will find every type of cuisine from Classic American to tastes of Asia. Shellfish and Salmon dishes are popular with the fresh taste of seafood from local waters.
For after-dinner entertainment, the city has a variety of bars and nightspots from British and Irish pubs to college and dive bars.
Seattle is the site of many festivals, most of them centered around culture and the arts. Street fairs, seasonal events, music festivals, and food & Wine festivals provide entertainment the year around. In June, the city hosts the Seattle International Film Festival, the largest U.S. film festival.