Why visit Seattle, USA
The city of Seattle is a large metropolitan centre in the state of Washington, in the Pacific Northwest in America. At the heart of pop culture history in the USA, Seattle is the city that gave birth to the grunge rock type of music, and was the home of legendary band Nirvana. The huge coffee chain Starbucks was also founded here, so Seattle is definitely a city that runs on caffeine to this day.
Tourists travelling to Seattle who are TV and movie fans might recognise some of the landmarks and other sights from the screen. Seattle has been featured in such films and television series as Sleepless in Seattle, Say Anything, Frasier, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Things to do in Seattle
Visitors to Seattle can watch a variety of sports games, including baseball, soccer and NFL; visit the famous Pike Place Fish Market; climb the Space Needle; check out the nine-acre Olympic Sculpture Park (one of downtown’s largest green spaces); or visit Boeing’s massive facility and the Museum of Flight. If you want to see the city from up high you can also hop on the Seattle Great Wheel. When it comes to art, don’t miss a visit to Chihuly Gardens and Glass. Here, you can see some of the work of famous US glass artist Daly Chihuly.
Best time to visit Seattle
The best time to visit Seattle is usually from September to November. During this time of year the weather is still quite good, but the city isn’t as crowded or as costly as it is in summer.
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Expect to pay
The currency in Seattle is the US dollar.
You can expect to pay about AUD$5.45 on average for a regular-sized cappuccino when you visit the American city.
Arriving in Seattle by plane
A flight from Australia to Seattle will typically land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, also known more colloquially as Sea-Tac Airport. It is about a 30-minute drive from the downtown area of the city.
A wide variety of airlines operate flights from Australia to Seattle. Some of these include Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Delta, American Airlines, Emirates, United, Cathay Pacific, and Air New Zealand.
Australians visiting Seattle must apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) on the ESTA website.
Transportation to city centre
Where to stay in Seattle
There are many neighbourhoods to choose from in Seattle when you’re getting ready to book accommodation. For example, there is the Downtown area, close to shops, restaurants and sights; Capitol Hill, which has long been the hub of Seattle’s LGBT community, and which is home to many lovely century-old mansions and up-market cocktail bars; and Ballard, an area across the river which is known for its trendy restaurants. Other areas you can stay in are Pioneer Square, the original downtown of Seattle that as destroyed by fire in the late 1880s but which has now been revitalized; and the Waterfront, which is walkable, was just done up last year, and which is the perfect location to enjoy fresh seafood meals.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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