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Why fly to Seattle?
What goes better with rain than coffee? Nothing. That is probably why Seattle is a coffee shop mecca and has some really divine places to hear the pitter-patter of droplets while sitting cozily inside. It's no surprise the city is a little wet with its location between the Pacific Ocean inlet of Puget Sound and Lake Washington along with the numerous lakes and rivers weaving throughout its interior. However this land in a puddle is home to beautiful waterside walks and talks as well as sailing, swimming and kayaking.
The heart of the city beats in Pike Place Farmer's Market, this throbbing center is where locals go to buy fruits and veggies from farmers, fish from fishmongers and art from the crafters. The market is a hub of activity with street performers and new restaurants and boutique shops that have sprouted around the old market place. Rachel the piggy bank guards the area and welcomes donations which go toward preserving the historic district.
And if you're wondering why Pike Place sounds oh so very familiar even though you've never been to Seattle or researched the city prior to now, well if you've ever had a straight up brewed coffee at Starbucks, that would be their Pike Place brew. The name is an ode to the first Starbucks coffee shop.
From Starbucks let's move to Boeing, which has an enormous plant in the city and employs thousands of residents. The company also offers tours inside so you can check out how those giant gravity-defying birds are made. In addition to Boeing, Microsoft has its campus in Redmond, just 25 minutes east of Seattle.
The city has a great culture and arts scene, with top of the line performing venues some great galleries and museums for those rainy days like the Museum of History and Industry which has some valuable exhibits detailing the city and region's history. The Seattle Art Museum has a great collection of Native American work.
To round out your trip and get a fantastic eagle's eye view of the whole city, you must visit the Space Needle. It is a 1962 World Fair relic, head to the top and take in a sweeping view of Seattle.
From vibrant culture and arts to hosting some of the world's largest companies, clearly Seattle is a happening place to be.
Seattle is a rainy city, but hey what's wrong with rain, it's actually quite romantic some might say. The summer temperatures are a nice and balmy and usually stay in the low 20s. The winters are cool and temperatures hit the minuses.
When to fly to Seattle
With the warm weather and major festivals hitting the circuit, summer is a popular time to visit the city. Flight ticket prices are particularly high from June to August.
The drop in temperatures results in a decline in tourists which means October and November are good months to plan a trip to Seattle. You can land some pretty great flight deals during these months. February and March are also very good months to score some budget-friendly prices.
Getting into Seattle
Your gateway to Seattle opens up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which is located just 20 minutes south of the city. From the airport you can use one of a number of methods to get into the city. The light rail system has a station at the airport and is a quick way to get into the city center. You can also use the public bus system or shuttle services located at the airport. A taxi stand is located outside of arrivals as well.
Getting around Seattle
When in Seattle a little walk in the rain is a must (with your umbrella of course). However, if you tire of dancing in the rain then hop on the city's integrated light rail system or a public bus. A rental car is a good option if you are heading outside of the center. The city also has a monorail service which you can use to get to Seattle Center. Taxi service is an option as well, but best used within the city for a quick hop on and off as travelling out of the downtown can be a little wallet-lightening.
- Visit the Seattle Center, which houses the Pacific Science Center as well as theaters and a giant outdoor fountain.
- For a fairytale-like walk head to Olympic Sculpture Park. Meander along the green trails and be surprised at every corner with sculptures created with the sheer power of imagination.
- Take a day trip to Winslow. Hop on a ferry, from where you see a lovely view of Seattle's skyline as you pull away from the coast. The cute village is home to lovely boutique shopping and restaurants, and provides a wonderful way to spend the afternoon while getting through some of your souvenir and gift purchases.
- Visit the Center for Wooden Boats, it is not your typical tourist location and houses a great collection of vintage boats. You can also rent a boat (not the vintage ones) and take it out for a cruise on the water.
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