Why book airline tickets to Seattle? The Space Needle, Microsoft, Starbucks – these icons of architecture and business are just a few of the things to do in Seattle. But Seattle offers more things to do than coffee and computers. Seattle is home to one of the largest aquariums in the nation, the Museum of Flight, and the gravesite of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. But more than anything, Seattle is a city of water (and not just because of the frequent rain). As your flight to Seattle lands, you may notice that the geography is defined by rivers, lakes, canals, and the harbor on Puget Sound with its view of the Olympic Mountains.
One of the first things to do in Seattle is head to the waterfront, where you can go shopping at Pike Place Market, and see restaurants, hotels, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Seattle Art Museum. From the waterfront, you can embark on a narrated cruise or a whale watch. Thanks to the millions of visitors booking Seattle flights and vacations every year, the city remains one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. and continues to be rated one of the best cities to live in.
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Yes, it does rain a lot in Seattle. But on the other hand, it is rarely unpleasantly hot, and winters are a lot milder than in other places of the same latitude. However, the latitude does mean that winter days are short (which may be the reason that Seattle has become the coffee capital of America). Though winters are not severe, they are chilly, and it can snow. Whenever you go, be prepared for at least some rain and cool evenings.
Best Time to Fly to Seattle
There is much less rain from April to October, and because the summer weather is mild, any time during this half of the year is pleasant. Summer is the most popular time and when most travelers book tickets to Seattle. It stays light until 10pm in June and July. Summer is when the big, primarily outdoor festivals are held. During the occasional summer rain, there is nearly always something to see in the theatres and performance halls. Higher rates tend to be from around mid-May to mid-September.
The rainy season goes from October to April. The most pleasant weather in more-or-less off-season times occurs in early May and late September, making this a great time to find cheap plane tickets to Seattle.
Getting around Seattle
Seattle is a great city to walk in. It’s very compact, but there can be a lot of hills, so you may want to hop aboard the excellent Metro. The Metro has a Ride-Free zone downtown, so it’s easy to get around without spending a lot of money. You can also buy all-day passes that work for the buses and the Waterfront Streetcar. To get to the Seattle Center, hop on the Seattle Monorail and get a great view of the city. For more views of Seattle’s skyline, take a water taxi to Seacrest Park and you can also relax at popular Alki beach. Driving can be difficult in the city. Between the bad traffic, one-way streets and expensive parking, it’s not recommended. If you’re heading out to Mt Rainier or the Olympic peninsula, you will need a rental car.
Seattle Travel Information
- For useful information about the city and its attractions for visitors, it’s hard to beat the city government’s Web site, seattle.gov. The page on visiting is the most relevant.
- Seattle Weekly is the city's main arts-and-entertainment weekly, with detailed information on current film, music, theater, and arts and an extensive dining guide and database of restaurant reviews.
- From the top of the Space Needle, you get a spectacular view of the city and the harbor.
- The Experience Music Project, at the foot of the Space Needle, is an amazing museum of American popular music, in particular the rock music of the northwest. The brainchild of Microsoft co founder Paul Allen and designed by avant-garde architect Frank Gehry, among its exhibits are interactive rooms where you can be a rock musician on stage.
- Seattle offers a variety of harbor cruises, narrated, with meals if you choose; the sunset cruise is spectacular. There are also whale watch cruises. If you have the time and are willing to spend the money, they’re worth it. But for much less of an investment, you can take a ferry to destinations around Puget Sound and you may well see dolphins, if not whales.
- One of Seattle’s hidden treasures is the lovely Kubota Garden, a 20-acre Japanese garden, with native northwest plants and a waterfall, in South Seattle, operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.
- On the plus side of the long rainy season, Seattle has lots of things to do indoors. This city is an excellent place for film, the performing arts, and professional sports.