Eclectic, diverse and relaxed, Seattle welcomes folks from all walks of life; the mantra in this open-minded city seems to be "If you're okay with us, we're okay with you."
Locals will tell you it doesn't rain that much, but the sky is relentlessly cloudy, and a sunny day yields to city-wide celebration. Seattle still offers plenty of indoor options if the clouds prevail on your trip. Stay tucked inside one of Seattle's many rustic cafes, sipping an Americano, or taste-testing the city's best brews. If you don't mind a little moisture, charge down a lush bike trail or leisurely cruise on Puget Sound.
No visit to Seattle is complete without a few hours at the famed Pike Place Market, popular for its "three-Fs" -- flying fish, flowers, and fabulous food. This sums up what Seattle's all about: great food, great company and great coffee.
Traffic in Seattle is a nightmare and public transportation is a major inconvenience, so leisure travelers' best bet is to stay in Downtown Seattle, within walking distance of most of the tourist sites. It can be pricey -- especially as you get closer to the water, where hotels offer spectacular views -- but you save on convenience.
The South Lake Union neighborhood in Belltown can be less costly, and many hotels provide shuttles to Downtown -- but it's just a little too far to walk to the tourist sites. Queene Anne, home to the headquarters of Amazon.com and the Gates Foundation, draws business travelers, as do the Eastside suburbs. Families of students attending The University of Washington might want to stay in the aptly named University District.
|Peak:||June - August|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|
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