Quick Guide to Seattle

One of America's most bohemian, cosmopolitan cities, Seattle has long been famous for its relaxed atmosphere and fantastic music scene.

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Top Attractions in Seattle

If you decide to fly to Seattle, then you will find a wealth of local culture waiting for you. No trip is complete without a visit to the Pike Place Market, which features dozens of food and retail stalls with funny, engaging staff, including a fishmonger who actually juggles the fish before your very eyes. The Seattle Aquarium and Art Museum are great family days out, whether you are interested in sharks, modern art or anything in between. Lovers of books and architecture should also definitely take a trip to the Seattle Central Library, a dramatic metal and glass structure filled with every kind of book and newspaper imaginable. Then there's the Space Needle, an icon of the city that stands at 184 metres high and offers fantastic views.

Where to Stay in Seattle

Most of the downtown hotels in Seattle are dotted around Stewart Street or Spring Street. There are also some very reasonably-priced and well-equipped hostels down by Pike Street, which would put you within walking distance of the city centre. If you are looking to splash out on your accommodation, then The Edgewater on Alaskan Way and the Fairmont Olympic on University Street are fantastic luxury options, with the Edgewater offering stunning views of the Puget Sound. If you fancy staying a little way outside of the city to avoid the downtown crowds, then there are hotels to fit all budgets around 8th Street in Bellevue, just across Lake Washington.