Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Seattle, the port city on the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast, was founded in 1869. Popularly nicknamed the Emerald City, Seattle is surrounded by the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains offer stunning scenic views. Renowned world over for being headquarters to major global companies such as Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks, Seattle has come a long way to emerge as a flourishing destination for business travellers as well as tourists seeking leisure and unlimited fun.
Apart from being a hub of business, Seattle has also firmly placed itself on the world’s music map by virtue of being the birthplace of ‘grunge music’. It’s no wonder that Seattle has also become great favourites with music fans as well. With so much to offer for people of varied tastes, book cheap flights to Seattle from FlyOfinder now and embark on an exciting sojourn to a city which is equally popular with leisure tourists, culture buffs and business travellers alike!
Space Needle: The futuristic building ‘Space Needle’ towering over Seattle’s skyline is a top attraction visited by every tourist visiting the city. This unique building was built for Seattle World Fair in 1962 and resembles a spinning top with its needle pointing in the sky. The 184-meter Space Needle has a revolving observation deck offering spectacular views of the city.
Pioneer Square: Situated within Seattle’s historic district, the Pioneer Square is home to many historic buildings, art galleries, clubs, restaurants, bars and retail stores. The major attractions here are the Underground Tour, and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
Pike Place Market: The Pike Place Market was founded in 1907. This marketplace located within the National Historic District is one of the popular attractions in Seattle today. The Pike Place Market is a wonderful place for a shopping spree at one of the stalls of 150 local craftsmen and artisans, enjoy a cup of coffee at the world’s first Starbucks coffee shop, visiting specialty stores, relish delectable cuisines at the several restaurants, and get entertained by street performers.
From a seemingly dull industrial center and port, Seattle has astonishingly transformed to a vibrant city in the State of Washington. This modern, energetic and innovative city offers myriad attractions to all those visiting here. Some of the popular places of tourist interest that are a must-see include Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden, Olympic Sculpture Park, Museum of Flight, Seattle Art Museum, Woodland Park Zoo, Museum of History & Industry, Hiram M Chittenden Locks, Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden, Benaroya Hall, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, and Living Computers Museum and Lab.
The best time for visiting Seattle is during the summer months of June to August when the weather is dry and perfect for sightseeing and outdoors. Seattle receives little snowfall, and is largely wet from January to May and October to December due to abundant rainfall.
Most international flights to Seattle mostly arrive at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), popularly called Sea-Tac Airport. Once you have reached the airport, moving around the city center is easy with the efficient public transport system, which includes buses, historic street cars, monorail, and car ferries.
Most tourists visiting Seattle prefer to stay in the downtown area, which has the largest number of hotels catering to all budgets. The Pike/Pine corridor is the most famous hotel district in downtown Seattle extending from 1st Avenue to 8th Avenue from James Street to Pine Street. Tourists can be seen staying in large numbers because of being the epicentre of sightseeing and shopping. This area also has most luxury hotels. The South Lake Union neighbourhood is also good to find budget hotels.