A very brief summary of Seattle's history might read: Gold Rush, Great Fire, World's Fair, Boeing opens and Microsoft is born. These events were critical development points, and having Puget Sound and one of the country's busiest seaports are other important factors that have defined the city, but Seattle is more than just a thriving tech city. It is a progressive place with incredible natural splendors, a well-defined sense of social consciousness, amazing coffee and much more. Best of all, Seattle hotels roll out the red carpet for guests.
Constructed for the 1962 World's Fair and perhaps the ultimate Seattle attraction, Seattle Center is home to the Chihuly Glass Exhibit, the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center and the McCaw Hall performing arts venue.
Don't miss Fremont, possibly the most eclectic neighborhood in America, and pay customary homage to the famous Troll Under the Bridge sculpture, browse a diverse collection of shops and dine on some of the country’s best Thai food. Also explore Seattle's bustling waterfront and its giant Ferris wheel, fresh oysters, and fragrant fish and chips.
While Starbucks is the city’s most famous coffee export, committed locals say the best java experiences are found in Seattle’s indie shops and local chains. Coffee tastings, known as cuppings, mimic the pomp and ritual of wine tastings, and independent coffee shops compete year-round trying to create the ultimate artisanal blend. You need only see the exquisite latte art, a skill baristas work diligently to perfect, to understand the richness of Seattle’s
die-hard coffee culture.
Hotels in Seattle
Seattle hotels offer varying services and amenities to meet your needs. Business travelers have several choices for centrally located meetings and conferences, couples have various options for a romantic getaway, and plenty more hotels cater specifically to spa enthusiasts, shopaholics and visitors exploring the region's renowned wineries.
Where to Stay
Downtown Seattle is the busiest district, home to many fine hotels and the city's main shopping district. Belltown has lots of swanky restaurants and trendy bars, while the Eastside features more upscale boutiques and a world-class dining scene.
The gems in Seattle's crown, however, are the Puget Sound islands. Whidbey, Vashon and Bainbridge islands are home to classic B&Bs, fashionable farm-to-table restaurants, famed Penn Cove mussels and abundant natural attractions.
How to Get to Seattle
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located in SeaTac—a 10-square-mile town whose name combines the first syllables in Seattle and Tacoma—just 12 miles south of downtown. It is an international gateway to Asia and Europe, and gives travelers access to public ground transportation via the King County Metro bus system and Sound Transit regional express buses.