The charming, modern metropolis of Seattle is home to a kaleidoscope of cultural influences, be that in its all-encompassing international cuisine, tales of Bigfoot at its nearby national parks, or its many artistic neighbourhoods spanning the city.
As part of our Artisan Adventures in the Wild Northwest tour, you’ll overlook the Seattle skyline as you enjoy a gourmet dinner with a view from the top of the soaring Space Needle. Immerse yourself in the city’s fascinating past with an underground tour of its former streets. Visit one of Seattle’s many vibrant museums, including the Museum of Pop Culture – designed to resemble a smashed-up guitar; the international offerings of Seattle Art Museum; and the vivid glass sculptures of the Chihuly Glass Museum.
Wander through one of America’s oldest farmer’s markets, Pike Place, observing the ‘fish throwers’ and the plethora of fresh fruit on offer. Slurp locally-sourced oysters in family-run restaurants, then shop for souvenirs, antiques and collectibles, before browsing classic literature in independent book stores. Alternatively, head to the multi-cultural International District and sample fusion cuisine inspired by famous dishes from across the globe.
Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino and Seattle Multi Centre
Olympic National Park Guided Tour
“Seattle is an absolute dream for coffee lovers. True, it’s where Starbucks began, but it’s also home to many small independent stores.”
“Seattle’s proximity to national parks is a blessing for nature-lovers and hikers. Just a small drive west of Seattle, Olympic National Park is truly stunning, offering incredible vistas of snow-capped mountains and temperate rainforests.”
“If you’re looking for something completely off the wall to do alongside the usual tourist hotspots, check out the Rubber Chicken Museum. It’s exactly what it sounds like and is brilliantly bizarre.”
Frequently Asked Questions
When’s the best time to visit Seattle?
The weather here can be a little unpredictable and prone to change, though Seattle experiences its hottest weather from June through to September, with highs of around 21°C. Naturally, these are its busiest months. October marks the start of autumn here – though a little cooler, the summer heat will still be present, though nights may get chilly. Bring extra layers, and don’t forget a rain coat.
What’s the food like in Seattle?
Seattle benefits from the bounty of both the ocean and the surrounding farmlands. It’s farmer’s markets are abundant with fresh, locally-sourced produce and seafood. Visits to the city are often focused around its cuisine, which includes local wines, fried oysters and chowders, as well as international choices including pizzas, rotis (round flatbread originally hailing from India) and Asian buns.
What’s the best way to get around Seattle?
Seattle has an easy to navigate public transport system of buses, light rail and trams. Consider picking up an ORCA card, which is a prepaid travel card that gives you access to buses, trains and ferries.
You’ll delight in the hospitality of the locals as you explore the artistic streets of this Bohemian melting pot. Enjoy fresh and eclectic internationally-inspired cuisine, head underground into the Seattle’s 19th century foundations, and embrace the many unusual sculptures and works of art across the city. The birthplace of many tech giants and world-renowned coffee establishments, Seattle is much more than the sum of its parts, and greatly rewards exploration.
Why you'll love Seattle...
• Ascending the Space Needle, the jewel in the crown of Seattle’s skyline
• Spending an afternoon soaking up the culture at Seattle Art Museum
• Following the scenic three-mile trail around Green Lake Park
• Sampling delicious craft beer at one of the Kitsap Peninsula microbreweries
• Learning more about the history of Seattle’s rock music scene at the Museum of Pop Culture
• Working your way through the flavours of ice cream at Molly Moon’s
• Getting a cup of coffee at the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market
• Stumbling across the Fremont Troll sculpture lurking beneath Aurora Bridge
• Discovering the art of glass blowing and sculpture at Chihuly Garden & Glass
• Walking through the haunting remains of the underground city
• Visiting the alternative Statue of Liberty at Alki Beach
• Spotting the Sleepless in Seattle floating house from one of the lake tour boats
Did you know?
• According to a census from 2010, there are more dogs living in Seattle than children.
• Seattle has the most glass blowing studios in the US, and is second only in the world to Murano, Italy.
• The first time a Beatles song was played on the radio in the United States was in Seattle.
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