There is so much to do, see, eat, and experience in Seattle that you hardly know where to begin. From downtown to the waterfront, Pikes Place Market to Capitol Hill, or even Belltown, there’s something for everyone. It’s a city rife with exciting nightlife, craft breweries and distilleries, scenic hiking, delicious seafood, famous landmarks, and more live music performances than any other city in the country, besides New York City. Surrounding it all is the beauty of Puget Sound, evergreen forests, and the mighty presence of Mount Rainier looming in the distance. And for those averse to the heat, Seattle’s average yearly temperature ranges only from 45.1 to 58.8 degrees, with the average high in the summer only reaching the low 70s.
Now go break out your hiking boots and comfy walking shoes; you’ve got a city to explore.
Book Hotels Early: Even off-season weeks can be busy with conferences and convention attendees. If you’re looking for a room with a good view on the waterfront, expect to book your stay at least six months in advance.
Link light rail: For the easiest and cheapest access from the airport to downtown, jump on the Link light rail and you’ll be there in 36 minutes for just $3 (it’s even cheaper for seniors and children).
Seattle CityPASS: If you’re looking to hit all the tourist spots, then the CityPASS is for you. It gets you in the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, the aquarium, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Argosy Cruises harbor tour for a much cheaper price than buying each ticket individually.
Need advice for the perfect day? Who better to ask than Seattle Mayor Ed Murray?
“My perfect day would be a visit to Pike Place Market. The market offers fresh Northwest seafood, local produce and foods, fresh flowers, and handcrafted products. You can even purchase seafood and have it shipped home. A wonderful night would include dinner at one of the great restaurants in Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s nightlife neighborhoods, followed by a visit to The Elliott Bay Book Company and a stop at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream.”
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