Luxury Holidays in Seattle
Tucked away in the Northwestern corner of the state of Washington, Seattle is a city for nature lovers, coffee aficionados, music fans, artists and innovators. A creative hub with a rich and varied cultural history, great places to eat, and nature’s own adventure playground just a stone’s throw away.
5 reasons to visit Seattle
- Music culture - As the birthplace of Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and Pearl Jam, Seattle defined the sound of Grunge in the early 90’s and its record shops and live music venues are legendary.
- The iconic Space Needle - with its glass-floor observation deck isn’t as tall as you might expect, but its presence is magnificent.
- Its coffee - despite being the home of Starbucks, you’ll find that independent coffee shops far outweigh the chains in this caffeine-loving city.
- The water - with Puget Sound to the West and Lake Washington to the East, the city offers all sorts of water-based fun. Explore the waterways, lakes and islands by ferry, paddleboard, sailboat or kayak or simply enjoy the view from the shore.
- Hiking - Being surrounded by lush forests, snow-capped mountains and National Parks makes Seattle the perfect base for outdoor adventures, with plenty of hiking trails for all abilities on your doorstep.
Things to do in Seattle
Visit Pike Place Market. As old as the city itself and one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the US. Visitors flock to this waterfront market for farm-to-table food and the famous fish throwing. But it’s also home to top-class restaurants with great views of the water, and a thriving craft market.
Take in the views. Being such a mountainous city means there are plenty of exceptional spots to find spectacular views of the iconic skyline. Kerry Park has to be one of the best panoramic views of the city, especially in the evening as the city lights twinkle and the sun sets against a backdrop of Mount Rainier.
Cruise Puget Sound. An inlet of the Pacific Ocean, this 100-mile long body of water was formed by glacial and tectonic activity millions of years ago - it’s now home to many scenic islands, waterways and peninsulars accessible via the ferries that regularly dart across the open water.
Wonder at glass sculptures at the Chihuly Garden and Glass. Home to mesmerizing colourful blown glass sculptures by the artist Dale Chihuly set across exhibition halls, gardens and a giant glasshouse with a 100ft long centrepiece.
Interesting facts about Seattle
- Seattle is closer to the Canadian border (about 135 miles away) than to any other major US city.
- The Great Wheel is one of the largest ferris wheels in America and lights up Seattle’s waterfront with 500,000 LED lights.
- As a Pacific coast city, Seattle is a popular starting point for many Alaska cruises including Celebrity, Norwegian and Holland America.
- Washington state is home to the second largest wine-producing region in the US
Known as the Emerald City, Seattle is green year-round thanks to its regular rainfall. With a similar climate to Northern Europe, summer days from June to August can reach comfortably warm temperatures of 25C and are dry. Throughout the spring and autumn, cloudier days are more common as is the chance of light rain, with November to February being the wettest and coldest time to travel.