Seattle

Seattle city view

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Catch a fish – The soul of Seattle, the Pike Place Market offers more than 500 shops, vendors, restaurants and bars. And of course, the famous fish-throwing spectacle.  

Catch a view – The focal point of the city’s skyline, the Space Needle gives you a 360° view of oceans and mountains atop its revolving glass floor.  

Catch a game – Home to the Seattle Seahawks, Mariners, and—soon—the Kraken, Seattle is a hotspot for all sports fans.  

Catch a ferry – Take a break from the city and enjoy a scenic ride to Bainbridge Island, where you’ll find cozy cafes and boutique shops.  

Catch a stroll – Seattle is called Emerald City for a reason—with 485+ parks within city limits, some highlights include Discovery Park, Seward Park and Alki Beach Park (just to name a few).  

Catch a cup of coffee – Ever since Starbucks was first born near Pike Place Market in 1971, Seattle has gained its (accurate) reputation for always having a great cup of coffee around every corner.  

Catch a beat – From Climate Pledge Arena to The Paramount Theatre, Seattle is loved by musicians and concert-goers alike.  

Public transit 

Seattle is easy to navigate by bus, train and ferry. We recommend picking up an ORCA card to help make travel by public transit even easier.  

 

By bike 

Seattle is a great city for bike enthusiasts, with opportunities to rent bikes throughout the city. Don’t miss the Seattle Cycling Tours for a 2.5-hour tour on two wheels.  

 

By car 

Seattle offers access to cab services and rideshare options. If you plan on renting a car, be sure to map your route in advance.  

 

 

Rainy season is from November - May, though rain is possible year-round. You’ll find cooler, wet winters, with snowfall less than 5 days per year. Summers are dry, with average highs reaching 23-26°C.