Seattle is a wonderful place for a city break. Located in North America's Pacific Northwest region, the city and surrounds has a host of attractions. From a vibrant local music scene (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) to the outdoor pursuits in the mountains, Seattle has something for everyone.
Air: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) or SeaTac as it is known to the locals, is a large airport and has direct services to many International destinations as well as domestic routes and services to Canada and Alaska. To get into the city from the airport the options are bus or taxi. The journey will take around 30 minutes.
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Rail: Trains leave from King Street Station. Amtrak services leave for Portland, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Minneapolis and Chicago.
What to See and Do
Seattle's numerous attractions include the following:
Museum of Flight: Seattle is closely linked to aviation being the home of Boeing. The Museum of Flight includes over 130 aircraft and many interesting exhibits on aircraft and spacecraft. Located a short trip from the CBD.
Space Needle: The mostly widely recognised symbol of the city, and star of the Frasier TV series is the Space Needle. Magnificent views on a clear day reach as far as Mount Rainier National Park.
Pike Place Market: This market is a world famous for the seafood shop where the staff throw the fish to each other. A good option for a rainy day.
Pioneer Square: This area in Old Seattle. You can go on an underground tour to visit the old street level of the city.
Metro Transit: The city bus services in the CBD are free between 6am and 7pm. If going further afield consider an all day pass which is good value.
Cycle: Cycling is a viable way of getting around. Bikes can be hired from numerous locations. Just make sure you have some rain gear!
Ferry: Washington State Ferries leave from the water front in the CBD and include Bainbridge Island as a destination. You get great city views from the water.