Seattle Travel Guide & Information

Founded in 1869, the ‘Emerald City’, Seattle, is a youthful metropolis in every respect, experiencing its first boom in the late 1890s. The beautiful natural setting has an abundance of evergreen trees and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains and the Olympic mountains, which truly justifies its claim of being “The Emerald City”. With a moderate climate, lots of rain and bright sunny days, Seattle continues to be voted one of America’s most livable cities.

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Known for being the home of Microsoft and Starbucks, Seattle is also home to a vibrant arts scene and excellent parks. Travel to Seattle, the birthplace of rock legend, Jimi Hendrix and the music style known as “Grunge Rock”. Book flights to Seattle and experience spectacular views of the mountains, numerous walking trails, as well as lots of cultural and historical activities.

A vacation to Seattle promises to be comfortable and relaxing, especially for travelers looking to get away from crowds. With live music venues multicultural neighborhoods and markets, Seattle truly is The Emerald City.

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Things to do in Seattle

Museums:

Seattle has numerous museums that cater to all types of travelers. Ranging from arts and history, to science and music, the options are endless.

Seattle Art Museum:The newly renovated and expanded building offers an expanded museum store, and a new restaurant. Maintaining three major facilities, the main museum in downtown Seattle; the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle waterfront, which opened on January 20, 2007.

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The Henry Art Gallery:The Henry Art Gallery is one of the biggest contemporary art galleries in Washington. The Henry shows well-known contemporary and modern artists from all forms of visual media, as well as an annual exhibit of the UW's Master of Fine Arts students. The Henry’s collection includes over 20,000 art pieces. The collection also exhibits photography, both historical and contemporary.

Experience Music Project:The Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, is a museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction. The museum contains mostly rock memorabilia and technology-intensive multimedia displays. The Music Project showcases rare exhibits from popular music history and allows visitors to experience music through interactive exhibits, like Sound Lab and On Stage.

Prominent Landmarks:

The vastness in terms of “Must See”, when visiting Seattle is huge and while in Seattle, you’re never far from an attraction.

Smith Tower: Smith Tower is the oldest skyscraper in Seattle. Though it has long since been surpassed in height, it retains its waterfront view and elaborate Art Deco style.

Space Needle: Space Needle has become a symbolic representation of Seattle. The view is spectacular on a clear day and when the sun sets. Besides the spectacular views, it also features a revolving restaurant near the top, called Sky City.

Seattle Aquarium:The Seattle Aquarium showcases native fish and mammals of the Pacific Northwest. The aquarium also features two touch tanks hosting animals of the inland sea and outer coast, with a display of giant pacific octopuses.

Pike Place Market:The Pike Place Market is comprised of dozens of little shops tucked into a few square blocks downtown, on multiple levels. The highlight of this market is the famed seafood shop where the staff throws fish to each other from one end to the other.

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Where to Stay in Seattle:

Over the past several years, Seattle has become such a popular tourist destination that you’ll find numerous cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, hostels, motels and Bed and Breakfast Inns.

Downtown Business/Shopping Area : Most of the larger hotels are located in the heart of this area. These are also the city's most expensive hotels. Between Elliott Bay, Pioneer Square, Belltown and Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle is the city's business district and home to a number of well known retailers. If you are looking to stay in a premier hotel chain, or luxury hotel, this area has several to choose from.

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Pioneer Square : Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, showcasing a wealth of art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, cool restaurants and buzzing nightclubs, all within easy walking distance of most downtown Seattle hotels. The area is a good choice for travelers who are looking for budget hotels and want to experience more of Seattle’s “local scene”.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest available Seattle Travel Information the latest passport and visa guidelines are as follows:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Seattle

Seattle hosts many festivals and events throughout the year, with several occurring during the summer, such as the Pike Place Market Street Festival and Northwest Folklife in May.

September can be an ideal time to visit, with warm afternoons, cooler evenings and fewer crowds than during the summer, including lower prices on airfares and hotels.

Prices tend be less expensive during late fall and winter. However, you would have to brave heavy rains and cooler temperatures.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (May to October)

Low season: (November to April)

Seattle Weather

Seattle's climate is classified as an Oceanic climate, generally it’s pretty rainy between January and May, and October and December, but daytime temperatures are mild throughout the year.

* June to August is the warmest and driest time of year, with summer temperatures averaging about 75°F, while winter temperatures rarely drop below 32°F with little snowfall.

* April to November is the best time to visit with less chance of rain and long summer days.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of Seattle.

Languages:

* English is spoken by majority of population in Seattle.

* In addition to this, many people in Seattle speak Chinese/Mandarin & Spanish as well.