About the city:
Seattle , a beautiful and energetic city, is located in the shadow of Mt. Rainier on Puget, sound surrounded by mountains to the east and west. To add more beauty, lovely views of blue waters and snow-capped peaks are further marking their presence. Also Seattle is referred as major fishing town, where fresh sea food is available in abundant all over town and restaurants, apart from any other type of food. It is also the home for NFL’s Seahawks, baseball’s mariners and the NBA’s Sonics. It inexpensive quality further improves its status as a hottest available option for the tourist.
Stunning views of the Seattle from its various exotic places makes it remarkable city. Apart from this, people from various walks of life find their home in this beautiful city. Therefore, it has a mix population ranging from business executive, young professional, laid back local, and college students. But the most important aspect is that all of them are very friendly, soft spoken and very eager to share a secret. Seattle gets a lot of rain, although summer remains dry, where as rest of the year receives rainfall almost everyday, but the temperature remains mild.
With in Seattle one can find plenty of places ranging from arts, cultural and sporting events, number of shops and restaurants and many unforgettable parks having colorful flowers that are best grown in mild temperature of Seattle. One of the famous tourist spot in the Seattle is Space Needle, which is built for 1962 World’s fair, having a unique feature…an observation deck 520 feet above ground.
Music Project, which is next to the Space Needle, displays history of Seattle's rich musical tradition in a very different manner. Seattle Aquarium at the south of Seattle Center shows various forms of marine life. Another important tourist spots of Seattle are Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market in the downtown area that offer shopping and entertainment to the number of tourist. Last but not the least, The Pacific Science Center offers hands-on science and math exhibits, where anyone can play virtual basketball, hang-glide, or can throw fastest pitch that can be measured by radar.
There are a lot of places in the neighborhood of Seattle that further makes it one of the best tourist spot, which can be easily explore in a day or two. Some of the places are Cascade Mountains, which includes Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Kitsap peninsula, Leavenworth, now known as Bavarian village, Olympic Mountain and Olympic national Park, san Juan Islands etc.
Capitol Hill, in east of downtown heavens for gays, has some popular restaurants or cafes. The artist community Freemont is becoming a hottest spot for the young, only few miles from Seattle. The easy access to all these places makes it more favorable among the tourist.
Various ticket agents offer discounts, if the tickets are booked online for air traveling. Taxis are numberless and the drivers are so reliable that makes the journey more comfortable at the least possible price. Traveling with in the city is not the major problem as there are number of options available. The airport, SeaTac of Seattle is only 20-45 minutes from anywhere in the downtown, but it all depend on the amount of traffic. Various public transport are available that includes shuttle taxis, buses and limos at a very reasonable prices. Monorails are also one of the best means of transportation available in Seattle.
Due to the traffic, it is always suggested to use public transportation or taxis and feet, if the weather is suitable in order to explore Seattle. To visit the near by places rental cars are the best option. The bus system of the Seattle city is very good in terms of easy to understand destinations and timings.
There are plenty of options available in Seattle for staying and all of them are at reasonable rates. Moreover, they are designed keeping in mind the requirements of the tourist budget and their convenience. Some of the available options are motels, suites, high-rise hotels that are situated in the heart of the city so that can provide easy access to the important tourist points, and apartments. They are also bread and breakfasts inn that make the stay even more inexpensive.
Hotel Rates and Charges:
Accommodations charges in Seattle depend upon the type of hotel and also on the basis of location of the hotel. Hotel, which is centrally located, costs 200-350 $ where as hotels or motels which are not centrally located merely charge 50-115 $ . Bed and breakfast inns and guesthouses could prove highly economical choice of accommodations in Seattle with price range of 30 to 70$.
Hotels and all different kind of lodging options in Seattle provide comfortable accommodation to visitors for leisure purposes. Room Amenities include spacious rooms with comfortable bed, TV with cable connection, big and spacious bathrooms, tea and coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and mini bar with refrigerator. Other than these, hotels provide different more exclusive facilities like valet and dry cleaning services, 24hours concierge, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, health club and gym, business center and meeting room.
Some hotels also offer complimentary complete breakfast, free sight seeing, coupons to avail savings on dinning, drinking, staying and relaxing. Bed and Breakfast Inns in Seattle offer services like central locations, comfortable beds, dedicated room service, shower rooms, TV’s etc.
Amazing and amusing facts about the city:
It is one of the three “gateway” cities to the Pacific Northwest, apart from Vancouver in British, Columbia and Portland in Oregon. It is also commercial, cultural and transportation hub for the neighborhood areas. Also, Seattle leads the nation in per-capita sunglasses sales because sun shines brightest in Seattle during summer.
Although Seattle receives annual rainfall of about 36 inches, which is less than many U.S. cities, but all its rain comes in the form of brief showers or a light mist also in winter.
Because of the presence of some exotic beautiful places like parks, beaches, Space Needle, friendly people and inexpensive feature creates an enthusiasm among the people to explore the Seattle city.