SeattleUnited States of America

From its humble Native American origins, Seattle has now grown to be a thriving centre for music and enterprise as well as a charming city to visit.

Situated between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington on the West Coast, Seattle is a pleasant seaside haven. The city has a rich Native American heritage as the site where tribes settled long ago; its name comes from Chief Seattle, who was a prominent Native American leader.

Throughout the city, the skyline is dominated by snow-peaked Mount Rainier, whilst if you look up at the cityscape, you’ll see the iconic Space Needle built ahead of the 1962 World’s Fair.

Nowadays, Seattle is renowned across the globe as a centre for modern technological business, with Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon and Microsoft among the international giants based here. The city is also known for its musical heritage – it was here that grunge bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden emerged in the 1990s. Jimi Hendrix was born here, whilst Ray Charles and Quincy Jones among many others started out here on the local jazz scene. This heritage continues today, with great venues like Benaroya Hall where you can see the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Lucid in the University District where you can enjoy some jazz, or the waterfront’s Highway 99 Blues Club, home of the blues.

Although Seattle is a thriving metropolis, you’re never far from the natural world. Take a cruise across Puget Sound for a magnificent view of the cityscape. Further afield, take a 2.5-hour drive to the Olympic National Park for stunning waterfalls and hiking trails. Or head to Mount Rainier National Park, just 90 minutes east of the city.

Back in town, you’ll find shops, restaurants and bars all around. Check out the historic Pioneer Square to learn about the gold rush that made the city boom. Elsewhere, make sure that you visit Belltown, Downtown Seattle, which is always full of life, and the popular Seattle Waterfront. Try the fresh sea fare on offer by the water's edge and at Pike Place Market.

Pay a visit to the forest at Discovery Park to admire all of these spots from a new vantage point. For a different view of the city, go on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, which explores the sights of Seattle as it once looked. Then at the end of the day, head for Kerry Park to see the boats crossing Elliot Bay and admire the view of the Emerald City at sunset.

Where to stay in Seattle

Downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle featuring street scenes and central business district

Downtown Seattle

Known for Shopping, Urban, Libraries

4.5/5(108 reviews)

With great shops, bars and restaurants, as well as plenty of open green space, Downtown Seattle is a beautiful area of the city in which to pass the time.

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill featuring heritage architecture as well as an individual male

Capitol Hill

Known for Flowers, Shopping, Culture

4.5/5(3 reviews)

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

Belltown
Belltown showing street scenes, central business district and night scenes

Belltown

Known for Walking, Urban, Theatres

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

Queen Anne
Queen Anne featuring landscape views and a city

Queen Anne

Known for Urban, Sceneries, Skyscrapers

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

University District
University District

University District

Known for Universities, Flowers, Entertainment

5/5(2 reviews)

As you stroll through the collection of urban shopping and historic homes, mix in with students rushing between classes or relaxing when their work is done.

South Lake Union
South Lake Union showing a bay or harbour, boating and a coastal town

South Lake Union

Known for Museums, Boating, Live Music

4.5/5(8 reviews)

One of Seattle’s most scenic neighborhoods, this district houses fascinating museums along the tree-lined banks of its beautiful lake.

Top hotels in Seattle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
NZ$216
per night
13 Dec. - 14 Dec.

Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps away from Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Washington State Convention Center and Nordstrom ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (798 reviews)

"As with our previous stay, this one was also exceptional, from the moment we got out of the car to check out. Staff was friendly, The Market downstairs was great for a quick, delicious breakfast before heading out, location is convenient, gym is well equipped. This hotel will definitely be our go ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Hyatt Regency Seattle
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
4 out of 5
Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA
NZ$262
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

Located in Belltown, this romantic hotel is steps away from Pier 66, Seattle Waterfront and Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. Seattle Aquarium and Pike ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,394 reviews)

"Awesome hotel with beautiful views of Elliott Bay."…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2019

The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
The Belltown Inn
The Belltown Inn
2.5 out of 5
2301 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA
NZ$191
per night
19 Nov. - 20 Nov.

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! (5,669 reviews)

"The property was in a central location a short walk to restaurants and bars. The Belltown neighborhood is eclectic and we enjoyed our stay at the Inn."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

The Belltown Inn

Popular activities in Seattle

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(38 reviews)

A towering icon rising high in the Seattle cityscape, this tall modern spire was built back in 1962 as the centrepiece for the World’s Fair.

Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market

4/5(66 reviews)

A foodie’s paradise and the oldest farmers’ market in America, just a short walk up the steps from Seattle’s waterfront.

Washington State Convention Center
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Washington State Convention Center

3.5/5(4 reviews)

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.

Seattle Center
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Seattle Center

4/5(33 reviews)

A product of the 1962 World Fair, this cultural precinct is where sports, theater, film and fine dining come together in Seattle.

Woodland Park Zoo
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Woodland Park Zoo

3.5/5(4 reviews)

From tiny poison dart frogs to majestic lions, this award-winning zoo in Seattle gives you the opportunity to walk among the world’s most fascinating wildlife.

Seattle Great Wheel
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Seattle Great Wheel

4/5(21 reviews)

Take in breathtaking views of Seattle as you are suspended above Puget Sound on one of the tallest Ferris wheels in North America.

Top activities in Seattle

Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo
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Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo

NZ$98

Experience 2 of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks with combo tickets to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The Space Needle has been transformed recently with a truly one-of-a-kind, multi-level observation deck, and Chihuly Garden and Glass attracts art lovers from around the world thanks to its spectactular glass creations.

Seattle CityPASS: Save on 5 Must-See Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Save on 5 Must-See Attractions

NZ$156

Enjoy huge savings on admission to Seattle's must-see attraction with CityPASS tickets. Take your time and enjoy each attraction, with up to 9 consecutive days to use your tickets.

Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market
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Seattle Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market

NZ$85

Get the inside scoop on where Seattle's best chefs get the ingredients to prepare their spectacular dishes. Follow a chef through the city's world-famous Pike Place Market and interact with artisan vendors who offer some of the world's freshest, most flavorful seafood and produce.

Museum of Pop Culture Tickets
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Museum of Pop Culture Tickets

NZ$47

Hands-on experiences, iconic artifact displays, and in-depth exhibitions dedicated to the past, the present, and the supremely cool moments of pop culture make Museum of Pop Culture a destination unlike any other.

Woodland Park Zoo Tickets
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Woodland Park Zoo Tickets

NZ$24

Immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at Woodland Park Zoo, the 92-acre (37-ha) home to more than 1,100 animals and 300 species. The divided bioclimatic zones allow you to visit greater one-horned rhinos, African giraffes, and Asian small-clawed otters—among the newest residents.

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Seattle, WA
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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Seattle, WA

NZ$16

Recommended starting location to start Operation City Quest. This is where you will begin your scavenger hunt. (Please start outside)

Reviews of Seattle

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Alex

16 Nov. 2019

Cheap lobster and geoduck. Mount Rainier National Park is so beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov. 2019

Charming city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Sep. 2019

Boeing factory tour and Museum of Flight were great to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

SP

21 Sep. 2019

Love Seattle worth visiting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Sep. 2019

Just a short stay but visited the Boeing Factory and the Museum of Pop Culture and did a music Grunge Tour. Ate at Zig Zag restaurant at pier and Le Cantina Mexican opposite hotel. Delicious food and great service at both venues.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Sep. 2019

Good city to spend a few days pottering around. Interesting sights and attractions many covered by the city pass

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