Visitors Guide to Seattle, Washington
Known as the Emerald City because of its famous, lush evergreen, Seattle's city is situated in Washington's eastern area, between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington waters.
Seattle is a large cosmopolitan city, covering around 90 square miles, with a population of about 780,000.
The city incorporates many smaller communities and renowned, historic neighborhoods like Ballard, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Pike Place Market, Freemont, Greenlake, Pioneer Square, Queen Anne, SODO, and University districts.
Seattle's inhabitants are employed in commerce, fishing, and the timber industry.
Some of them also work for the famous Boeing aerospace company located not far from the city. Seattle is also a tourist destination with museums, art galleries, gourmet coffee shops, and rousing nightlife.
Seattle tourist attractions
Tourist attractions in Seattle are various and impressive, making it an excellent vacation destination.
Amenities include many well-known landmarks and monuments, museums and art galleries, and parks.
Seattle is probably best known for its eye-catching Space Needle, which towers around 490 feet on the city skyline, offering panoramic views.
Tourists can't miss the tour of the Boeing Factory. The one near Seattle is called "The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour." Visitors can enjoy simulations and other interactive activities while learning about the Company's future project in satellites, submarines, alternative fuels, and autonomous aerial systems.
Among the other attraction worth a visit there are the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, a complex of locks at the west end of Salmon Bay, the Fishermen's Terminal, and the Smith Tower Observation Deck, the first skyscraper in Seattle now housing historical exhibits and an open-air observation deck that offers visitors a 360-degree view of Seattle and its surroundings.
Noteworthy are also Hing Hay Park, a 0.64-acre public park located in the Chinatown–International District neighborhood of downtown Seattle, the baseball stadium T-Mobile Park, the Seattle Center, a cultural center and popular amusement park, and the Washington Park Arboretum where people can enjoy a walk in the garden or take gardening classes.
Among the famous city museums worth a visit there are:
- The Museum of History and Industry(MOHAI).
- The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
- The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOp).
- The Seattle Art Museum (SAM).
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport stands around 12 miles from the city center and is a busy transportation hub. The airport provides many affordable ground transport options, including shuttle buses, taxis, car rental, and luxury limousines.
Amtrak trains, Greyhound regional buses, and boats to and from Canada are also a great way to reach Seattle while to travel around tourists can use the Metro Transit Buses.
Renting a car is another possible option. Many visitors choose it as it allows them to explore more easily the city and the surrounding neighborhoods.
When planning to visit Seattle, hotels should be the first thing a tourist should book. It is especially true during the summer months when the central downtown district is often sold out even with higher rates.
However, outside of downtown Seattle, many other hotels with much more reasonable prices are available for those willing to drive a little o take a bus.
Room rates are also often discounted during the rainy season, from October to April.
Another popular option among the foreigners visiting Seattle is the bed & breakfast.
Where to eat in Seattle
Seattle is renowned for its coffee. Here, Starbucks, founded by Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl, opened its first store in 1971. The store, still in operation, is situated near the historic Pike Place Market.
Many other stylish coffee shops and bars can be found throughout the city, together with plenty of restaurants and dining options.
Restaurants in Seattle cater to all palates, and many are gathered along the waterfront, where seafood is a specialty.
Also, the northwestern side of the city is another recommended dining location, with eateries offering Pan-Asian, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, and traditional American food.
Seattle is a top-rated shopping destination offering an extensive range of designer outlets, large department stores, boutiques, and vast shopping malls.
Popular shopping areas can be found on Broadway Avenue East, First Avenue, Maynard Avenue, Pike Street, Pine Street, Queen Anne, West Dravus, Seneca and Fourth Avenue, and University Way.
Seattle weather information
Sadly, the Seattle area is known for its rain, with an annual rainfall average of a little less than 40 inches.
In general, the weather is pleasing and mild, with hot summers; in July and August, the temperatures rising around 77°F; and cooler winter with the daytime average of 46°F in January.