Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks and Boeing. Tourists come here to enjoy the views of the largest metropolis in the northwest of the United States, feel its character, and taste the freshest seafood. Spend a week here – the city will find something to surprise you.
Where is it and how to get there?
Seattle is located in Washington state, to the border with Canada – less than 200 km. Not being the capital, it is the largest city in the region. It is often called “emerald” – all thanks to the dense evergreen forests around.
The site gained popularity because of the port, which is among the ten most significant in the United States. And if before the main occupation of citizens was associated with the sea, now Seattle is one of the leading IT cities globally – here is the headquarters of Amazon, Expedia Group, and other large companies.
Where to live?
Budget hotels can be found in the Seattle suburbs. This option is convenient if you rent a car (the trip to the center will take 20-30 minutes). You will also need a car to drive through the natural attractions around the city. The cost of rent per day starts from $60.
Not bad budget options:
- Green Tortoise Hostel Seattle – from $40 per night
- Travelodge by Wyndham Seattle By The Space Needle – from $70 per night
- Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square – from $100 per night
What’s the best time to visit?
Seattle is not for nothing sometimes called the city of rain. Late autumn and winter are considered the wettest seasons. The average temperature in November-March does not rise above 5 degrees Celsius.
The most promising season to travel to Seattle is from May to September. At this time, the air warms up to 25 degrees Celsius.
What to do?
Seattle combines modern skyscrapers with authentic culture. There are a lot of museums, art objects, parks. In the surrounding area, you can find hiking mountain trails to volcanoes and lakes. What do you have to do in the city?
Explore the sights
The main attraction of Seattle is the Tower space Needle. The skyscraper is 184 meters high, looks like a needle stretching towards the sky, and at the top is a “flying saucer.” Tourists can visit the restaurant and observation deck, overlooking the city, the bay, and the mountains. The entry fee is $35.
It would be best if you walked around the metropolis for a long time, studying every corner—lots of exciting things on Downtown Embankment. There are fish restaurants, posh hotels. Sea vessels walk along the bay. The aquarium, where you can see seals, seals, beavers, and other fauna, is also located nearby. And on pier 57, you can find the Big Wheel of Seattle, with a height of 53 meters. The perfect place to enjoy the city’s sea panoramas.
After a walk along the waterfront, head to Columbia Center, the city’s tallest skyscraper. In the same area, pay attention to the Central Library in a futuristic style.
In the city, you can find corners with different cultures. Fans of Asia, for example, can go to Chinatown. If that’s not enough, explore the Japanese Garden, located in the southern part of Washington Park.
In general, Seattle is a city of parks. There are so many of them that every day you can walk in a new place.
Seattle will appeal to museum lovers as well. Right at the airport is the largest private U.S. Aviation Museum. We also recommend visiting the Museum of Pop Culture, where celebrity guitars, costumes, and movie props are collected. The Seattle Museum of Art also has an extensive exhibition, with artifacts of different cultures and nationalities in the collection and the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Visit the market and try the pies.
Pike Place Market is the oldest market on the continent. Everything from freshly caught fish to cheese and bread can be found here. Tourists come here not only for shopping but also for beautiful views. Careful counters unwittingly force visitors to buy goods. Sellers themselves have long become a cult. They came up with an exciting move to remember and attract tourists. The show “Flying Fish” has gained fame throughout America. The bottom line is simple: sellers throw fish to each other, accompanying such a game with shouts. If sleight of hand allows, visitors themselves can participate in the presentation. It is better to come to the market at the opening – at 7 am.
It was on the market in 1971 and earned the first coffee shop Starbucks. The place is still preserved – coffee is no surprise, but everyone wants to touch the historical corner.
To honor the memory of great musicians.
The city is inextricably linked with two musicians, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. The great Hendrix was born in Seattle. Not long ago, he erected a monument on 1604 Broadway.
Another legend is the lead singer of the band Nirvana. A few months before his death, Kurt Cobain bought a house in Seattle, where the tragic event happened. Fans continue to come here on the birthday and end of the musician. The house is located at 171 Lake Washington Blvd E.
Explore street art
Seattle is a city of creativity and creativity. There are unusual details and stylish solutions everywhere. If you like everything bright and memorable, you just here.
The most controversial attraction of the city is a wall of gum. It is located in the Area of Pike Place Market. It all started in 1993, when students, standing in line at the theater, decided to have fun and pasted gum on the wall. Residents and tourists continued to leave rubber bands on neighboring buildings. The most unusual area of the city – Fremont, for a long time it was even called the capital of counterculture and the Republic of artists, well, and the inhabitants were dubbed the “Center of the Universe.” The main object is the Fremont Troll, which settled under the bridge. There is also a statue of Vladimir Lenin. Often it is here that festivals and holidays take place: a parade of cyclists without clothes, which is arranged on the day of the summer solstice, and others.
Mountains and national parks surround Seattle. Be sure to rent a car on the weekends and go out of town on a small hike. The most popular destinations:
Rayner Volcano. Tourists can go light trekking in a day, admiring the highest mountain peak in the Pacific Northwest. The best way to do this is a 10-hour itinerary.
Olympic National Park. There are mountains, sandy beaches, and even rainforests. Tourists can stay overnight at a campsite or rent a cottage. Read more on the official website.
North Cascade. It is located two hours from Seattle. There is a ski resort, where Americans and Canadians like to come. The park got its name due to the high cascading mountains.
Seattle is an underrated city where industry and art, the future, and the past are mixed. Tourists here are not so much, as in Los Angeles or New York, but the metropolis will be able to surprise you with culture and nature.
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