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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 featuring street scenes and central business district

Downtown Seattle

4.5/5Wonderful!(119 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums, great live music and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Seattle. Top attractions like Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium are major draws. Catch the metro at Westlake Station or University Street Station to see more of the city.

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

Capitol Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Take time in Capitol Hill to visit attractions like Lake View Cemetery - Bruce Lee's Grave and Seattle Asian Art Museum. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Capitol Hill Station to see more of the city.

Capitol Hill
University District

University District

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Take time in University District to visit attractions like Neptune Theater and University Village. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at University of Washington Station to see more of the city.

University District
Queen Anne featuring landscape views and a city

Queen Anne

Queen Anne is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Seattle Center and Museum of Pop Culture, and you can get around town on the metro at Seattle Center Monorail Station.

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

Belltown

Enjoy the popular shops in Belltown. Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Westlake 7th St Station or Westlake Denny Wy Station to see more of Seattle.

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

South Lake Union

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Known for its panoramic lake views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in South Lake Union. Check out top attractions like Amazon Corporate Headquarters and Lake Union, and jump on the metro at Terry Av- Mercer St Station or Lake Union Park Station to see more of the city.

South Lake Union

Top hotels in Seattle

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
2.5 out of 5
18850 28th Ave South, SeaTac, WA
The price is NZ$122 per night from 20 Nov. to 21 Nov.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Silver Dollar Casino and Angle Lake Park. Valley Ridge Park is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Angle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,199 reviews)

"Excellent location and facility. Would definitely stay there again and tecommend to family and friends"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle-Airport/28th Ave
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
2.5 out of 5
20717 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$123 per night from 2 Nov. to 3 Nov.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Angle Lake Park and Silver Dollar Casino. Valley Ridge Park and Highline Community College are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,745 reviews)

"Great customer service, the room was clean plenty of towels. Coffee and breakfast was provided. Refrigerator was provided without asking."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2020

Best Western Seattle Airport Hotel
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
4 out of 5
1053 Lake Washington Boulevard North, Renton, WA
The price is NZ$234 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

Situated near the airport, in Renton, this hotel is close to The Landing, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park and Lakeridge Park. Area attractions also include The ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,113 reviews)

"Everyrhing was great. Clean hotel, curtious staff. Wish the pool and hot tub was open, but with Covid its closed. Looked nice though. We’ll be back."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2020

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
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.

Holiday Rentals in Seattle

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
3 out of 5
15785 Bear Creek Pkwy, Redmond, WA
The price is NZ$170 per night from 31 Oct. to 1 Nov.

Located in Downtown, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from DigiPen Institute of Technology and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Microsoft Campus. Bellevue Square and University ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,711 reviews)

"The front desk was very kind and helpful whenever I had a request. As a front desk supervisor myself, I was extremely pleased with how my friends and I were treated. I hope to come back again."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2020

Hyatt House Seattle/Redmond
Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
1701 E Valley Rd, Renton, WA
The price is NZ$134 per night from 23 Oct. to 24 Oct.

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from The Boeing Company and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall. Renton Shopping Center ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,276 reviews)

"Staff was able to accommodate my needs, I arrived earlier than the check in time and I was able to get a room without a problem."…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2020

Larkspur Landing Renton - An All-Suite Hotel
Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont
Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont
3 out of 5
3926 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is NZ$179 per night from 25 Oct. to 26 Oct.

Located in Fremont, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremont Troll and Lake Union. Woodland Park Zoo and University of Washington are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (566 reviews)

"This was a great stay. Staff was so helpful. I liked that laundry washing and drying were free.Rooms were so comfy, it felt like home."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont
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.

Popular places to visit in Seattle

Pike Place Market
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Pike Place Market

4/5(74 reviews)

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

Space Needle
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Space Needle

4.5/5(43 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.

Seattle Waterfront
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Seattle Waterfront

4/5(48 reviews)

This three-kilometre waterfront stretch is one of Seattle’s foremost leisure and entertainment destinations. Soak up some of the atmosphere as you wander round.

Top activities in Seattle

Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour
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Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour

NZ$218
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo
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Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Tickets Combo

NZ$77
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Seattle City Highlights Tour
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Seattle City Highlights Tour

NZ$98
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour
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Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour

NZ$147
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Museum of Pop Culture Tickets
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Museum of Pop Culture Tickets

NZ$45
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour
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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

NZ$44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 50.48543689320388%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 38.83495145631068%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.679611650485437%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Mar. 2020

A city of paradoxes. Obviously wealthy, but so many homeless and disturbed people on the streets. Perhaps because of the virus situation, there are fewer tourists and locals around and so the sad people are more obvious, but a sad reflection anyway

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Quite liked it but some issues

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Jan. 2020

Rains most time during winter.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Dec. 2019

Love it!

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.

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