Flights to Seattle (SEA)

Surrounded by lush forests, Seattle is imbued with fantastic restaurants, sporting grounds and nightlife venues guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
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Seattle, United States

What to do in Seattle

Visit the Pike Place Fish Market

See the day’s freshest catch coming in right off the water at Pike Place Fish Market. Don't miss the sight of the fishmongers at this Seattle staple tossing huge salmon, white fish and other creatures of the sea back and forth to each other.

86 Pike Place
Washington
98101
+1 206 682 7181
pikeplacefish.com

Visit the Museum of Flight

Within the walls of this museum near Boeing's massive facility you can walk around the first Air Force One and check out a Blackbird spy plane. It’s a truly fascinating place – home to the third Boeing 787 Dreamliner ever built and thousands of old photos and letters from the early days of flight.

9404 East Marginal Way South
Washington
98108
+1 206 764 5720
museumofflight.org

Visit Chihuly Garden and Glass

Tacoma native Dale Chihuly might be the most famous American glass artist and his work is hugely celebrated at this location right next to the Space Needle. There are eight galleries and three drawing walls filled with his delightfully whimsical work.

305 Harrison Street
Washington
98109
+1 206 753 4940
chihulygardenandglass.com

Tour the Olympic Sculpture Park

This nine-acre park is one of the largest green spaces in downtown, and a stroll among the outdoor art is a welcome break from the bustling city. There are sculptures from artists such as Richard Serra, Ellsworth Kelly and Alexander Calder, and these change quite often.

2901 Western Avenue
Washington
98121
+1 206 654 3100
seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park

Go whale watching

The friendly staff at Island Adventures guarantee a whale sighting on every tour.. Keep your eyes peeled for gray whales, orca, minkes, humpbacks and more. The company are also proud supporters of local research and conservation campaigns.

1801 Commercial Avenue

Climb the Space Needle

No visit to Seattle would be complete without travelling to, then up, its most iconic landmark. The Space Needle observation deck rises into the clouds but make a reservation at the SkyCity Restaurant, 500 feet above the ground, for the full experience.

400 Broad Street
Washington
98109
+1 206 905 2100
spaceneedle.com

Where to eat in Seattle

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Terra Plata (International)

With a name that translates as ‘from earth to plate’, the emphasis at this lively Capitol Hill spot is on using the best quality ingredients sourced from local farmers. Book a table for brunch and tuck into unfussy dishes such as grits and greens, chimichurri steak and eggs, or banana pancakes.

1501 Melrose Avenue
Washington
98122
+1 206 325 1501
terraplata.com

TAT’s Delicatessen (Cafe)

One of the classic meals to try in Seattle is a cheesesteak sandwich. Ask around and you’ll probably find that everyone has their favourite, but one of the best spots is undoubtedly TAT’s Delicatessen. Their version comes packed with so much meat and cheese you’ll probably need a nap after lunch.

159 Yesler Way
Washington
98104
+1 206 264 8287
tatsdeli.com

Sutra (Vegetarian)

The place for vegetarian food in Seattle. One benefit of all the rain in this state is it keeps produce fresh and lively, and the masters at Sutra make magic on the plate as a result. The communal tables lead to a lively, sociable atmosphere.

1605 North 45th Street
Washington
98103
+1 206 547 1348
sutraseattle.com

Palisade (Seafood)

Located in a marina just south of the Seattle Armory, Palisade gets the best in Pacific Northwest seafood that comes direct from the fishing boats. The best time to go is in the summer, when the outdoor seating on the water is open.
Elliott Bay Marina
2601 West Marina Place
Washington
98199
+1 206 285 1000
palisaderestaurant.com

Miller's Guild (Steakhouse)

Jason Wilson's restaurant is Seattle's favourite steakhouse – laidback, loveable, and completely lacking in any pretentiousness. The service is excellent; Miller’s Guild takes its meat seriously, and the whims of its customers even more to heart.

612 Stewart Street
Washington
98101
+1 206 443 3663

Canlis (International)

This romantic restaurant fits perfectly into the fancy Westlake neighbourhood it calls home. Seattleites have been heading to Canlis for those special events when nothing else will do – and celebrating a memorable trip certainly qualifies as one. Diners are encouraged to dress for the occasion. 2576 Aurora Avenue North

Washington
98109
+1 206 283 3313
canlis.com

Places to stay in Seattle

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The Maxwell Hotel

This boutique hotel in the shadow of the iconic Space Needle provides sweet service at a comfortable price. It’s a colourful, quirky option befitting the nearby street art scene, with painted murals throughout the property and a cool indoor pool.
300 Roy Street
Washington
98109
+1 206 286 0629
themaxwellhotel.com

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

A landmark hotel in downtown Seattle, this building, which dates back to the city's glorious past, has luxurious rooms that used to be part of the original University of Washington campus. You're two blocks from the action on Pike Street, situated perfectly between 4th and 5th Avenues.

411 University Street
Washington
98101
+1 206 621 1700
fairmont.com/seattle

The Edgewater

This luxury hotel in the centre of Seattle is located on the water, so it’s relaxing while still being close to the action. Get a room with a view of Elliott Bay and relax at Six Seven lounge. You won't want to leave but when you do, you're just a short walk from the Sculpture Garden – and much more.

2411 Alaskan Way
Washington
98121
+1 206 728 7000
edgewaterhotel.com

The Arctic Club Seattle

With easy access to Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, and other downtown attractions, The Arctic Club, with its Gold Rush theme, is a great hotel. The theme continues to the rooms where portraits of hardy Yukon natives peer down on you from the bright walls.

700 3rd Avenue
Washington
98104
+1 206 340 0340
thearcticclubseattle.com

Hotel Ballard

Ballard, a neighbourhood across the river to the north of Seattle proper, is known for trendy restaurants and young professionals wanting a bit of breathing space from the city centre. Hotel Ballard has chic rooms and a laidback feel only the best boutique hotels can pull off.

5216 Ballard Avenue Northwest
Washington
98107
+1 20 789 5012
hotelballardseattle.com

Alexis Hotel

This four-star hotel has sleek rooms and a luxurious feel. The Bookstore Bar & Café has books on the walls, an after-work crowd that loves to socialise, and staffers with a wealth of knowledge about the city they call home, which they’re happy to share with you.

1007 1st Avenue
Washington
98104
+1 206 624 4844
alexishotel.com

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