Seattle

Travel Guide
Seattle

From its humble Native American roots, Seattle has grown to become a thriving modern West Coast metropolis with a great cultural life.

Nestled between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle’s rich heritage goes all the way back to the Native American tribes who settled these corner of the modern north-western United States thousands of years ago. The modern city takes its name from ‘Chief Seattle’, who was close to its original founders.

When the sun is shining and the skies are blue, you can see all the way to the snowy peaks of Mount Rainer. Another distinctive feature of the Seattle skyline is the Space Needle dating back to 1962, when it was built for the World’s Fair.

A glittering array of musical stars have emerged from Seattle over the years, most notably the grunge bands which dramatically rose to prominence in the 1990s: Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden three among many. The legendary Jimi Hendrix was born here in this city, whilst further back in the last century the careers of jazz stars such as Ray Charles and Quincy Jones were boosted by Seattle’s rich scene. Enjoy a taste of its enduring musical scene with a visit to see the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall, listen to some jazz at Lucid in the University District, or some blues at the Highway 99 Blues Club by the waterfront.

Across this diverse city there is so much to see and do. Head to the historic Pioneer Square to learn more about the history of the gold rush in the region. Elsewhere visit Belltown, the busy streets of Downtown Seattle and of course soak up the heady atmosphere at the Seattle Waterfront. Take Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour to go and explore the passageways of the old city, whilst on the rather more modern waterfront you can go and enjoy the fresh seafood before visiting the Pike Place Market. Take a trip northwest to the Magnolia neighbourhood and walk through the forest at Discover Park where you’ll enjoy an unmatched view of Puget Sound.

Seattle rests in an ideal location if you want to go and enjoy the great outdoors. Take a cruise on the Puget Sound where you’ll be able to observe the scenery, the pristine beaches and the islands, not to mention enjoy a captivating view of the city’s skyline. Two-and-a-half hours’ drive away is the Olympic National Park, where you can hike for miles and see the dazzling waterfalls. Head ninety minutes east and you can visit Mount Rainier National Park.

When you’ve explored the city and ventured further afield to see what else Washington State has to offer, come back and watch the sunset from Kerry Park where you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view of the Emerald City by night.

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Where to stay in Seattle

Mediterranean Inn
Mediterranean Inn
3 out of 5
425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
The price is AU$177 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in Queen Anne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle Children's Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Marion Oliver ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,748 reviews)
"Fabulous rooftop deck where we were able to sit under gas heat lamps with our wine and enjoy spectacular views. Plenty of dining options in easy walking distance. On site parking (for a fee, but reasonable). Great value for the price."

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

Mediterranean Inn
Hyatt Regency Seattle
Hyatt Regency Seattle
4 out of 5
808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
The price is AU$198 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Belltown, this hotel is steps away from Seattle Central Business District and Seattle Paramount Theatre. Washington State Convention Center and Moore ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (2,820 reviews)
"Clean, cozy, welcoming. Great quiet location with decent view."

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

Hyatt Regency Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Sheraton Grand Seattle
4 out of 5
1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
The price is AU$186 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is steps away from Seattle Central Business District and Washington State Convention Center. Pike Place Market and Seattle ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,296 reviews)
"Liked that it was on the corner property."

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2021

Sheraton Grand Seattle
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
3 out of 5
380 Upland Dr., Tukwila, WA
The price is AU$122 per night from 24 Dec. to 24 Dec.
Located in Southcenter, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Westfield Southcenter Mall and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from The Boeing Company. Family Fun Center and Starfire ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (769 reviews)
"The staff was great! Very accommodating when needed and friendly overall."

Reviewed on 3 Dec. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
3 out of 5
206 Western Ave W, Seattle, WA
The price is AU$180 per night from 17 Dec. to 17 Dec.
Located in Queen Anne, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Center and Seattle Waterfront. Space Needle and Pike Place Market are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,053 reviews)
"I like the kitchens in the rooms and I had a nice view of the harbor."

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Seattle-Downtown, WA
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
15805 SE 37th St, Bellevue, WA
The price is AU$156 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in East Lake Hills, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bellevue College, T-Mobile USA Headquarters and Factoria Mall. Bellevue Square and Microsoft ...
3.9/5 Good! (2,258 reviews)
"Great suite. Also liked that their dog fee was very reasonable."

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2021

Larkspur Landing Bellevue - An All-Suite Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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