Seattle City Guide
Located in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a city with a dynamic culture and lots for vacationers to do. It is known as the “Emerald City” and has lush green forests and beautiful mountains. With a vibrant culture and mix of contemporary arts and a booming technology industry, its creative focus accelerates the thriving businesses here. Seattle is the home of Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks, and is striving to have more entrepreneurs move there. Seattle has quite a bit of rain, but on sunny days, when the surrounding landscape can be seen, the area is stunning.
With a focus on staying fit, Seattle has biking lanes and walking paths. It’s normal to see people walking or riding a bike around the city and to work. It’s famous for coffee and its beautiful scenery, and locals will be the first to tell you that it’s a great place to live.
Things to see and do
If you’re not afraid of heights, a journey to the top of the Space Needle, Seattle’s iconic observation tower, a landmark that stands at 650-feet with a high-rise revolving restaurant.
If you like to learn about different foods, take one of Seattle’s food tours at the Pike Place Market where you can taste samples and get an in-depth glimpse of Seattle’s history. This market is huge and could take a couple of hours to explore on a crowded day, but it’s worth it. It has an excellent view of the Elliot Bay waterfront.
Whether you’re traveling alone or with the family, there are some Seattle essentials: Feed the birds at Woodland Park Zoo; relax on the two-mile long white sandy Alki Beach; stroll along Water Front Park, or photograph the scenic city from a great view at Kerry Park. Stop by the Great Wheel to ride the Ferris wheel at Pier 57 or check out the one of a kind Gas Works Park to see a truly unique example of urban development and ecological restoration.
For a picturesque view of landscape architecture done exquisitely, visit Waterfall Garden Park, a small park to honor people in the United Parcel Service. It is located near a busy part of the city, Pioneer Park. The sound of its waterfalls is a great addition to the city’s soundscape.
Tourists can shop at many places throughout the city. You can find everything from trinkets, and homemade items to designer clothing and accessories at Seattle’s University Village. There are restaurants, boutiques, and some impressive architecture to see in Seattle’s University District. With a variety of flowers and plants along the walking routes in this district, it makes for a great time even just window-shopping. Located northeast in Seattle, it is common to see people just relaxing, eating, and searching for a bargain.
How to get around
To get around in Seattle, there is the Link Light Rail, King County Metro Transit, or South Lake Union Streetcar, all of which are reasonably priced. The Seattle Center Monorail, taxis, and rideshare are other options to choose.
If looking to get a better tour of the area, you can rent a bike with Pronto, who have locations throughout the city, or rent a car by the hour at Zipcar, or by the minute at Car2Go.
Seattle has a rich performing arts scene with plenty of talent in music, theater, painting, and dance. Hear the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, or watch a stellar performance from ballet dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Other performing arts to visit are Seattle Opera and, if traveling in the spring, visit the Seattle Film Festival.
Local performing arts majors may play at local bars, fine-dining restaurants, and at festivals. Seattle is also big on the culinary arts scene.
Visit a museum
In addition to the arts, Seattle has a multitude of museums, and if touring here you can visit one or more, including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), and the Children’s Museum.
Where to stay
Seattle has both affordable and high-end hotels from which to choose. Whether you’re looking for a basic apartment or luxury rental, it’s all about location, location, location. Let World Escape help you find the best place. There are bound to be accommodations to fit your need. Many apartments, luxury rentals, vacation homes, and short-term stays are available in different areas throughout the city. This city boasts so much culture and history a visit is very worthwhile.
Seattle is surrounded by snow-topped mountains and aquamarine lakes on all sides. Kerry Park offers the best panoramic vistas of the city while the Space Needle and the Smith Tower observation deck provide bird’s eye views. Rent your own Seattle vacation apartment and you get to enjoy the view of soaring mountain tops and a cityscape of dazzling lights all the time.
Seattle Vacation Rentals
Fantastic views are only part of the appeal of renting your Seattle home away from home. Modern cons, beautiful interiors, and comfy furnishings will make you feel at home during your stay. Pick amenities and extras, such as wheelchair access, private parking, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen and child-friendly facilities, and make your stay extra convenient.
With a large choice of attractive, distinctive Seattle vacation apartments throughout the city, you can get easy access to fantastic local amenities and attractions. Stay in a period home on Pioneer Square and walk past some of the oldest and most charming buildings in the city every day.
Rent a floating home on Lake Union, where Sleepless in Seattle was filmed, and you can brag to all your friends later that you have lived a movie fantasy and fantastic waterfront accommodation.
Book a short stay apartment in Downtown Seattle overlooking the lake and enjoy access to leafy parks and gardens, tree-lined boulevards, seafood restaurants, markets, and galleries.
In summer, the West Seattle Alki area is where you can enjoy a real beach holiday in the city. Alki Park and Beach are favorite summer spots for sunning and picnicking, with fantastic views of the Olympic mountains.
Seattle Family Friendly Accommodation
Seattle is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and forests, so you can easily combine a city break with a day trip in the great outdoors. The Mount Rainier National Park offers miles of hiking trails and is home to 1000-year-old trees, which will impress the whole family.
Attractions that would appeal to both parents and kids are the Woodland Park Zoo, which is filled with exotic animals, and the Museum of Flight where you can see real scale and model airplanes and spacecraft.
Rent a spacious, mod-conned apartment for a group of friends or your whole family and you will never want to put up with crammed hotel rooms again. Don’t delay – book now for an unforgettable stay.
Browse by Seattle Neighbourhoods
Fremont, Wallingford & Green Lake
Capitol Hill & International District
Leschi, Madrona & Madison Park
Ballard, Magnolia & North Seattle
San Juan Island
Seattle Center & Queen Anne
Georgetown, Beacon Hill & South Seattle
Alki & West Seattle
Capitol Hill/First Hill area
Outside the city
San Juan Islands
Various Seattle Locations