As the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA is also home to one of the most active seaports in the country and a host of outdoor and cultural activities. Whether you’re in town for business, education, recreation, or outdoor thrills, you won’t be disappointed by this lush, green destination.
Visitors the world round flock to Seattle for its thriving start-up business scene, as well its easy access to large corporations like Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing. Students, too, will find much to explore on the campuses of the world class University of Washington, Seattle University, and many more small colleges.
Stay in a Seattle hotel and you can visit some of the most popular points of interest in Seattle include the Space Needle; the waterfront Ferris wheel; and the world’s first Starbucks -- all of which you’ll want to explore.
For magnificent panoramic views of the city, head to the Smith Tower Observation Desk on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Tower, for an overhead peak at the waterfront and historic Pioneer Square. Or, take in the beautiful landscape right from the ground at Green Lake, Golden Gardens, Gasworks Park, the beach in West Seattle, or at any number of spots along Lake Washington. Kayak past houseboats on Lake Union, or through drooping green trees in the Arboretum. Head out to the Olympic or Cascade Mountain Ranges for summertime hiking or wintertime skiing, or drive just a short distance to majestic Mt. Ranier at the base of Lake Washington, where dozens of trails await the eager outdoors enthusiast.
Seattle is a city dedicated to art, culture and learning. Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum, an institution dedicated to imagination and adventure right in the heart of Seattle Center. While you’re there, you’ll also want to explore the EMP Museum, where you can learn all about the history of rock n’ roll, explore the life of hometown hero, Jimi Hendrix, and even record your own live performance. The Pacific Science Center is also a must, featuring two IMAX theaters, one of the biggest Laser Dome theaters in the world, a butterfly house, a planetarium, and a wide range of hands-on science exhibits. If you’ve got a sports fan in the family, round out the day by cheering on the Mariners, the Seahawks, the Storm, or the Sounders FC.
You’ll need a good cup of fine Seattle coffee to keep you powered up for the day, available at any number of unique coffeehouses. At night, indulge in all this foodie city has to offer, from freshly caught seafood to ethnic cuisine from around the world. Make sure to check the schedule for the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, or any number of theater venues, which feature local talent and traveling Broadway blockbusters alike.
IHG hotel guests in Seattle are never far from indoor and outdoor activities and spectacular views. With a friendly staff and exceptional amenities, one of our IHG hotels in Seattle will provide the perfect way to see the sights and sounds of this gorgeous Pacific coast city.