With an abundance of charm, scenic beauty and entertainment who cares if an umbrella has to be procured once in a while. A visit to Seattle is worth every drop, mist or sprinkle. With its sights and attractions, upscale restaurants and pubs, Seattle is the big city with a small cosmopolitan feel.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington on Washington State’s west coast about 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Although it has a rainy city reputation, Seattle actually receives less rainfall than New York City. Typically, the rain falls lightly or in drizzles but it is the frequently cloudy skies that contribute to this overly rainy perception. Despite the overcast sky, Seattle’s climate is considered mild. Winters are warm and dry with the rainy season beginning in October.
Staying in Seattle’s downtown area offers easy access to some of Seattle’s best known attractions. Walk to Pike Place Market or take the monorail to The Space Needle. Although it is hilly, downtown Seattle is an area best seen on foot.
Highlights of Downtown Seattle and the Surrounding Area
Seattle Space Needle- Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space needle is Seattle’s identifying landmark. Taking the elevator up to the observation deck is a must. This spectacular view includes the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mt. Rainer and the downtown Seattle skyline.
Seattle Center- Home of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project, theaters and a variety of activities.
Pike Place Market- Opened in 1907, Pike Place Market hosts 9 million visitors a year. Famous for its salmon throwing fishmongers, Pike Place Market offers fresh produce, flowers, antique and collectible shops, specialty foods, restaurants and offices. It is also home to the original Starbucks Coffee Shop.
Downtown Seattle- Concentrated in the downtown area, all within walking distance, are high end and affordable hotels, trendy restaurants, neighborhood pubs, and a wide variety of shopping choices. Shopping was never more convenient than in downtown Seattle.
Tours- Whatever your interest, Seattle has a tour. Tour Safeco or Qwest Field, or learn about historical Seattle on the Underground Tour. Take a ferry to Bainbridge Island and tour the shops and markets of this quaint little village.
Surrounding Area- Just outside of Seattle find the Washington wine country, national parks, Mt. St. Helens, Snoqualmie Falls and more.
Music and Education Enhance the Active Seattle Lifestyle
The Seattle lifestyle has a lot to offer. Seattle is known as the birthplace of the grunge music scene and is home to Nordstrom, Starbucks, Boeing and the University of Washington just to name a few. The population is one of the highest educated in the country and the residents take advantage of the mild climate by enjoying year round outdoor activities. Rain or shine, Seattle is the place to visit and enjoy.