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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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$133 per night

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! (1,105 reviews)

"Morgan at the front desk is absolutely wonderful! She made our long day of travel have an excellent ending. She was very knowledgeable about where we could find something to eat late at night and made sure to give us extra linens so our stay was nice a comfortable! Thank you, Morgan for the amazing ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 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
The price is NZ$138 per night

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! (1,721 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay here. Staff were professional and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 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$232 per night

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! (1,096 reviews)

"Nice hotel, great service and amazing lake view from our room."…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport

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

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

NZ$104
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour
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Mt. Rainier Full-Day Tour

NZ$226
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Seattle City Highlights Tour
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Seattle City Highlights Tour

NZ$101
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Seattle CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Seattle Attractions
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Seattle CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Seattle Attractions

NZ$168
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour
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Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour

NZ$153
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Rent a beautifully restored VW Vanagon Westfalia camper van
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Rent a beautifully restored VW Vanagon Westfalia camper van

NZ$1,896
Per adult

Reviews of Seattle

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 38.83495145631068%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.679611650485437%
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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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