Seattle, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound in the state of Washington, USA has often been voted as one of the top ten favorite US cities to visit. What makes Seattle so appealing is its dynamic and creative city that offers you unlimited opportunities to experience art, heritage and culture, all in a setting of rare natural beauty.
Also referred to as the ‘Gateway to Alaska’ for being the nearest city in the contiguous US from Alaska. Seattle’s bustling waterfront with preserved historic districts like Pioneer Square and world famous Pike Place Market makes this city a must visit. The stunning cityscape set against the backdrop of snow-covered Mount Rainier and the rich wildlife of Puget Sound brings visitors closer to nature.
Whether you’re looking for natural or cultural experiences, gourmet local food, remarkable museums & architecture or just a quick stopover point pre or posted your Alaskan cruise, Seattle has it all.
Seattle is more than a cruise stopover point – there is plenty to do for at least a four day stay. From high art to sky-high mountain peaks, gourmet food to the eclectic music scene there’s something for every visitor to Seattle to experience.
Seattle Centre One of Seattle’s most prominent structures is the Space Needle, located at the Seattle Center, nearby to downtown Seattle, features a massive fairground with striking structures that have become cemented in visuals of the city. Two major features of the center were the monorail, which zipped passengers one mile from downtown to the fairgrounds, and the 605-foot-tall Space Needle, which offered panoramic views of Seattle. Also at the centre is the impressive EMP Museum; a non-profit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture.
Boeing Factory & Future of Flight Tour Take an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at large airliner manufacturing and the amazing face of future commercial aviation. Ride in comfort to Boeing’s massive factory in Everett, by volume the largest building in the world. From high above the factory floor you’ll view the assembly of Boeing’s wide-open body airplanes – the 747, 767, 777 and the technologically advanced 787 Dreamliner. On the flight line, see airplanes being outfitted and painted for airline customers around the world. You may also see a Dreamlifter on the field, a jumbo 747 cargo plane modified to transport the Dreamliner’s large parts from every corner of the world to Everett for final assembly. In the Future of Flight learning centers you’ll use a touch screen computer to digitally design and test your own airplane!
Gourmet Food & Pike Place Markets Tantalize your taste buds with Pacific Northwest seafood, fine wine, gourmet chocolate, and much, much more! Fun and experienced tour guides take you behind the scenes to meet intimate friends – Seattle’s most talented food artisans. There are several tour choices to choose from – be it gourmet food, indulgence in chocolate or the ever popular Pike Place Markets – there is bound to be a tour to appease every taste bud!
Seattle’s Buried City – The Underground Tour Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour; is a leisurely, guided walking tour beneath Seattle’s sidewalks and streets. As you roam the subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and first-floor storefronts of old downtown Seattle, our guides regale you with the stories our pioneers didn’t want you to hear. It’s history with a twist!
Mount Rainier Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems.
Puget Sound Puget Sound is a body of water lying east of Admiralty Inlet, through which ocean waters reach inland some 50 miles from the Pacific Coast to provide all-weather ports for ocean-going ships at Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia. These sheltered waters offer plenty of water-based activities from kayaking, to boating and rafting and of course wildlife viewing opportunities are a plenty!
Shopping Shopping is a personal experience and the Pacific Northwest offers a wide range of them. Seattle’s diverse neighborhoods offer virtually every type of shopping imaginable, from outdoor gear to trendy threads.
If you’re a fashionista, downtown is the place to be; the latest looks at the multi-leveled Nordstrom flagship store, the always on-trend finds at Macy’s Clothing Brand, to-die-for jewelry and watches at Tiffany & Co. and countless other favorite shops.
If you’re a boutique freak; head to Ballard – the hippest shoes, fashion-forward clothing and must-have home décor at small, indie shops all along Ballard Avenue NW. And then there are the bargain hunters; brand-name finds at cut-rate prices at a trio of outlet malls surrounding the city: Centralia Outlets, Seattle Premium Outlets and North Bend Premium Outlets.
Dining Seattle has a wide array of dining establishments from which to choose from. Organic cuisine, Asian fusion, Italian, succulent seafood, pub grub, the variety is endless.
The best place to start is Pike Place Markets where you’ll not only find the best catch of the day at the seafood stalls where fish mongers put on a show! There is also the international array of stores and stands offering specialty foods from around the world.
The waterfront area also offers some popular restaurants along with panoramic views of Puget Sound. Also look out for local celebrity chef; Tom Douglas with his plethora of restaurants, cafes and bakeries dotted in and around Seattle. The most accessible being the ‘The Tom Douglas Corner’ with four restaurants and cafes within the block; located at 4th Ave and Virginia, downtown Seattle.
Among Seattle’s prominent annual fairs and festivals are the 24-day Seattle International Film Festival, Northwest Folklife over the Memorial Day weekend, numerous Seafair events throughout July and August, the Bite of Seattle, one of the largest Gay Pride festivals in the United States, and the art and music festival Bumbershoot, which programs music as well as other art and entertainment over the Labor Day weekend.
Seattle International Film Festival: Mid May – Early June The long 24 Day festival brings the world’s greatest films to Seattle, showcases every genre imaginable, and provides experiences like no other!
Northwest Folklife Festival: Last May Celebrating 43 years of presenting the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest this Memorial Day weekend throughout the grounds at Seattle Center. Northwest Folklife Festival features over 7,000 performers, participatory dances, workshops, crafts, food and more.
Seattle PrideFest: Late June A weekend celebration of the city’s Gay and Lesbian community featuring international acts at its Pride Party to a spectacular Seattle Pride Parade through downtown Seattle.
Seafare events: July through to August A summer celebration over several weekends in July and August featuring festivals, fairs and parades.
Bumbershoot: Labor Day Long Weekend Now in its 43rd year, Bumbershoot has consistently drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to Seattle every Labor Day weekend. North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Over 100,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend experiencing ground-breaking local, national, and international artists in all arts disciplines and musical genres at venues large and small, indoor and outdoor. Bumbershoot also features a variety of food, merchandise, and urban craft vendors throughout Bumbershoot grounds—there’s plenty to eat, see, and do all weekend long.
Seattle’s climate is usually described as oceanic or temperate marine, with cool, wet winters and warm, relatively dry summers.
Like much of the Pacific Northwest, it falls within a cool/mild wet winter, and dry-summer subtropical zone