Home to Starbucks and the Space Needle, Seattle is a top destination with a lot of appeal. Catch a Seattle Mariners baseball game or watch the Seattle Seahawks play in the Qwest Field. Located 140 miles south of Vancouver in British Columbia Canada, Seattle offers many sightseeing activities for visitors including Pike Place Fish Market, the Seattle Aquarium and the breathtaking beauty of Puget Sound.
Seattle hotels such as Fairmont Seattle, Hotel Monaco Seattle, Warwick Hotel Seattle and the Edgewater Hotel provide convenient accommodations for travelers interested in exploring the sights of the city.
Seattle is often a landmark setting for films such as the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Sleepless in Seattle, Ten Things I Hate About You and hit television shows like ABC's Grey's Anatomy. Film buffs can walk the streets of downtown Seattle as familiar settings from these movies. The city is located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, offering scenic vantage points of Pacific Northwest beauty.
Seattle is the birthplace of rock legend, Jimmy Hendrix. It is also the home to the grunge music style that became popular staring in Seattle in the 1990s. Local bands from the area included Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains during the Grunge era.
When to Go
Seattle weather in summer is fairly dry and mild with temperatures reaching around 73-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are cool and wet as temperatures get as low as 35-40 degrees.
Even though Seattle receives about 150 days of rainfall annually, the city still receives less rain than New York City, Atlanta and Houston. Most rainfall in Seattle is a light drizzle.
Things to do in Seattle
Sip coffee at one of the many coffee houses in Seattle. Starbucks, Seattle's Best and Tully's coffee are based in this city. Take in panoramic views of the city atop the Space Needle, reaching 605 feet above Seattle.
Orca whale watching is also a popular attraction in Puget Sound.
Seattle's mild, temperate marine climate allows year-round outdoor activities. Several locations offer walk and bike paths, hiking and rock climbing trails, ski and snowboard runs. Water sports are also popular such as kayaking, sailing, team sports and swimming.
How to Get There
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the main airport in Seattle. The destination offers non-stop, daily flights to international cities throughout the world.
The Commuter Rail Service offers public ground transportation throughout the city. The Port of Seattle is a water gateway to Alaska and Asia.