Welcome to Seattle, WA!

Welcome to Seattle, the Emerald City. Seattle gets its nickname from the lush greenery all year round thanks to the ever reliable rainfall. Try out door activities such as hiking. Be sure to settle in for some amazing eats and wineries and breweries. Seattle is a great mix of city and adventure. Just wait to see what’s in store.

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Welcome!

Seattle is a perfect destination for those looking to blend adventure with unique city living. Whether you’re looking for the best coffee, incredible wine, cutting edge technology, awe-inspiring art, or breathtaking nature, you’ll find it all right here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. It’s often called the Emerald City because the city & surrounding area are filled with greenery all year long thanks to its infamous weather. This plus ferries & art & food & wine, you won’t run out of things to explore!

Finding Your Way

Seattle is an incredibly walkable downtown with loads of public transportation such as the Link Light Rail, King County Metro Transit, Seattle Streetcars, & Seattle Center Monorail. Lyfts are also very easy to use to get around when you’re venturing a little further out. And of course, when you’re ready to head to any of the many nearby islands, a ferry is the way to travel in style & like a local.

Airport Deets

It takes about 40 minutes to travel between Sea-tac International Airport & downtown Seattle on the Link Light Rail. A one-way fare for adults range from $2.25 to $3.25. If you’re looking to take a taxi service like Lyft, you’ll have to head to the third floor of the parking garage to pick it up. It takes about 15-25 minutes & ranges from $40-$55.

History

Seattle is nestled on a strip of land between the saltwater of the Puget Sound & the fresh water of Lake Washington. The city was founded in 1851 & while at first it was a small city, it grew rapidly. At the beginning, Seattle had a population of only 1,000 but by 1890, the population grew to 42,000. The Gold Rush & the opening of Pike Place Market fed the movement to Seattle even further. Add in Microsoft & Starbucks & the population of Seattle has now grown to over 700,000!

Why Am I Here?

Seattle is an amazing place to experience green living. If you enjoy hiking, bike riding, or other outdoor adventures, it’s the place for you. If you’re after some luxury, there are great wineries & restaurants. Or if you’re more into culture, there are museums & art installations to enjoy. This town has something for everyone!

Weather

Summer in Seattle averages highs in the 70°’s & lows in the 50°’s. Fall has breathtaking foliage with temperatures averaging highs in the 60°’s & lows in the 40°’s. Winter is the rainy season with highs in the 40°’s & lows in the 30°’s. Spring brings highs in the 50’s & lows in the 40’s. Expect rain most days year round in quick spurts - it’s what keeps all the rolling hills green, but it wreaks havoc on the hair.

Local Delicacies

Fish. Lots & lots of fish. You will find some of the best seafood in the world here. Seattle also takes their hot dogs very seriously - they’re slathered in cream cheese & grilled onions - it’s a thing, what can we say. Washington is also where more wine is produced than anywhere else in the country, so try a glass! And of course, Seattle is home to Starbucks so whether that or another amazing coffee shops the ultimate caffeine fix awaits. If in season, be sure to try Rainier cherries from the top of local Mt. Rainier.

Souvenirs

If you are a fan of coffee, this is the town to stock up! Buy incredible coffee blends and beans to take home with you. Same goes for all of the locally produced wine and beer! You’ll also find lots of unique hand blown glass, designer jewelry, or anything from Pike Place. If you’re more of a food fan, smoked salmon, artisan chocolates, Washington state cherries or Marionberry jam are all fabulous.

Style

The people of Seattle will often be caught wearing rain jackets & outdoor adventure gear. Brands like North Face & REI are extremely popular here. You’ll also see lots of plaid & beanies, because the grunge influence is alive & well and it wouldn’t be Seattle without it!

Must Know

Locals don’t use umbrellas! If you want to blend in, power throughout the light rain with just your rain coat.

Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints

- Chief Seattle