Seattle Travel Guide

With its abundant cultural highlights and stunning scenery surrounding the city, Seattle boasts a range of activities, both indoor and outdoor. The likes of the Seattle Art Museum and Museum of Flight are excellent exhibitions, as is the Henry Art Gallery featuring a collection of modern art. Sports fans are well-catered for with the city boasting three top professional sports teams in major leagues.

The most popular outdoor pursuits on offer are hiking and skiing (depending on the season) at the nearby Olympic Mountains and at the taller Cascade Mountains which include a number of volcanoes, the most famous being Mount St Helens. Puget Sound is a good spot for sailing and kayaking. Closer to the city are a number of lakes with beaches, including Discovery and Myrtle Edwards.

Seattle Attractions

Seattle Art Museum: a huge collection of paintings and artifacts from across the planet with regular specialist exhibitions.

Museum of Flight: more than 130 old and new aircraft and spacecraft are on display here, including a Concorde.

Pike Place Market: is a mostly indoor shopping market with small, privately owned stores which make a welcome change to the city’s mega malls.

The Space Needle: is a 180-meter high tower with an observation deck that offers the best views of the city, surrounding mountains and coastline.

Myrtle Edwards Park: a quiet spot by the waterfront with bike trails and spectacular views of the nearby mountains, including Mount Rainier.

Lake Washington: a short drive east of the city, this 22-mile long freshwater lake features spectacular views and walks around its exterior.

Puget Sound: an attractive Pacific inland channel to the northwest of Seattle.