Seattle Holidays

The Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Home of Starbucks, technology giants and an instantly recognisable skyline - thanks to iconic TV shows such as Frasier and Grays Anatomy - Seattle feels familiar. A welcoming, waterfront city that’s surrounded by majestic mountains, dramatic coastline and the stunning natural landscape of the Pacific NorthWest.

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 CelebrityNorwegian and Holland America.
  • Washington state is home to the second largest wine-producing region in the US

Seattle Weather

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.

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Top Pick Hotels

Edgewater Hotel Seattle

4* out of 5 stars

With stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, Elliott Bay and Seattle's vibrant cityscape, The Edgewater Hotel is Seattle’s only over-water luxury hotel. Laden with a rich musical past, this is where rock’n’roll history meets Pacific Northwest charm.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

4* out of 5 stars

Occupying an elegant Italian Renaissance-style building, this upscale landmark hotel provides easy access to Seattle’s top sights including the Seattle Art Museum and the iconic Space Needle.

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

5* out of 5 stars

Surrounded by iconic landmarks like Pike Place Market and the city's Art Museum, with modern and scenic guestrooms, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle offers a warm welcome to all.

Lotte Hotel Seattle

4* out of 5 stars

Experience the supreme style and luxury escapism at Lotte Hotel Seattle, a fusion of art, luxury hospitality, and modern architecture.

Things to do in Seattle

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

A destination in its own right, Pike Place Market epitomises the very soul of Seattle with its vibrant stalls and rich history. Covering a nine acre area, it’s a must-visit. Marvel at the legendary fish toss, along with fresh produce, artisan crafts, restaurants and lively street performances. Open daily, you can visit from morning to night, there are even walking tours of the top spots. And with special events and seasonal festivals year-round, there’s always something new to see.

Puget Sound Cruise

Puget Sound Cruise

An unforgettable way to explore the natural beauty and maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest, a cruise around Puget Sound offers breathtaking views and unique activities. With stunning vistas of the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle city skyline, cruises showcase the area’s diverse marine wildlife, historic landmarks, local cuisine and picturesque islands. Trips are available for a few hours or a full day and set sail from Seattle’s waterfront year-round.

Space Needle

Space Needle

Seattle’s iconic landmark, once the tallest structure in the city, offers stunning 360-degree views of the city, Puget Sound and the surrounding mountains. Take the lift up to the observation deck where interactive exhibits and the world’s first and only rotating glass floor - The Loupe - is a must-do for daring photo opportunities. Open daily year-round, whether you visit by day or night, The Space Needle offers an unforgettable experience.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

A showcase of the mesmerising colourful glass art of Dale Chihuly, the Chihuly Glass and Gardens is an art exhibition like no other. Located at the Seattle Centre its intricate indoor galleries, glass sculpture filled lush gardens and spectacular centrepiece glasshouse are a feast for the eyes. Open daily through until the evening, its unique sculptures change with the light at different times of day, and offer a captivating immersive experience for visitors.

Museum of Flight

Museum of Flight

Climb aboard Concorde, get up close to Air Force One and try out virtual cockpit experiences at this captivating museum exhibiting a dynamic journey through aviation history. The Museum of Flight is set on the site of Boeing’s original factory, and its indoor and covered outdoor galleries invite you to explore historic aircraft, and engage with interactive exhibits, offering an exciting and educational experience for aviation enthusiasts and families.

Useful information

  • Local time GMT (-7)
  • Currency US Dollar
  • Language English
  • Location Washington State, USA
  • Flying time 10 Hours

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