Seattle Travel Guide

Seattle Travel Guide

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From its retro Space Needle to the booming tech scene, Seattle has always been looking toward the future—but always with the backdrop of the lush Pac... Read More

From its retro Space Needle to the booming tech scene, Seattle has always been looking toward the future—but always with the backdrop of the lush Pacific Northwest. Luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, and art galleries are proliferating, and the city's vaunted music scene never went away (even though grunge did), making Seattle tourism more desireable than ever. But beneath the new gloss, the city is rather charmingly faithful to its former self, and even to its celebrated stereotypes: this is still a place where outdoor nuts fashion whole wardrobes out of Gore-Tex and fleece; where hippies on Broadway rail on about The Man, man; where the whirr and hiss of espresso machines is a near-constant backdrop to conversation. It's this enduring familiarity, along with the shock of the new, that makes Seattle so compelling. Read on for our Seattle travel guide.

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Best Time To Go

The most popular, and pricey, months to plan a Seattle trip are May through October. Though this corner of the Pacific Northwest doesn’t get nearly as much rain as its reputation suggests, summer offers the best chance to catch sunshine. In September, days are warm and evenings are cool, there are fewer crowds, and less competition for hotel rooms means more affordable room rates. Similarly, the spring offers mild weather and reasonable hotels. Hotel prices tend to be lower during the winter, but there's heavy rain and cold temperatures. This is the time for snowboarding, skiing and snow trekking on Mount Rainer and Mount Si.

Transportation

Traffic complaints are on the tip of every local’s tongue, and rush hours crowd the city’s main arteries and freeways. The bus system is convenient within the downtown core, and the Light Rail is a cheap ride from downtown to the airport. New street cars and an expanded Light Rail system are in the works, but walking remains the best way to reach a nearby destination.

Weather

December and January are the coldest months with average daily highs of 46°F (7.8°C), and about 18 days of rain. August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 76°F (24.4°C) and six days of rain.

Know Before You Go

Though most of the hotels are concentrated downtown, be sure to wander south to the historic Pioneer Square district and north to Seattle Center’s museums and arts institutions. As for the best dining, it’s worth the hike up to Capitol Hill, the city’s youth culture center and home to the buzziest eateries.

Language

English

Electric

Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency

United States Dollar ($)