Seattle Tourism, Washington

Visit Seattle - Best of Seattle

Seattle is one of the largest cities of Washington and boasts a picturesque backdrop of the lush Pacific Northwest. The charming city has a vibrant history that dates back to 4000 years when the area was inhabited by Native American tribes. The history of Seattle can be divided into events that had a significant impact on the city like the great fire of 1889, a frenzied gold rush of 1897, the World’s Fair of 1962, the formation of an airplane company called Boeing in 1917, and the emergence of a game-changing computer company, Microsoft in 1975. Today, Seattle is home to diverse neighbourhoods and boasts some of the country's best coffee, a thriving arts scene, cultural and historical attractions, exciting outdoor activities, myriad hills, Luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, art galleries, museums, markets, green spaces, stunning views of the mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean, and a plethora of events and festivals that have turned this city into one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. One can even indulge in relaxing activities like boating as well as thrilling attractions like outdoor activities and adventure sports. Search for the available Seattle tours for all existing attractions and activities. The great natural splendour of Seattle when combined with the grey, misty rainy days, adds to the iconic rustic ambience of Seattle. As one takes a stroll down the neighbourhoods of Seattle, one can come across various treasures like bookstores, cafes and buskers that preserve the former image of the city. Seattle is an urban city surrounded by unmatched beauty, that lures travellers to an unseen adventure that awaits them. Each one of you should visit Seattle at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Seattle.

Seattle Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Seattle tips for your visit

  • Seattle Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (UTC-08:00)
  • Currency: United States Dollar
  • Electricity:  US uses 110 Volts, 60 Hz alternating current as power. Plug sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type A) and grounded 3 pin connections (Type B)
  • Languages: Majority of the people in United States speak English.
  • Internet: 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. The city also has public Wi-Fi in some areas.
  • Security: Police: 911, Ambulance: 911
  • Tipping – Tipping in America is a thanking gesture. Tipping is not mandatory, however if your wish to tip, one can tip atleast 15% at a restaurant, $2 per bag to porters at hotels and $3-5 for valet services.
  • Do not smoke in Public. Seattle is serious about its smoking laws.
  • Remember to carry an umbrella as the probability of rains remain high throughout the year.
  • Don’t honk your horn. It’s uncivil and isn’t done. It’s also illegal, except in emergencies.
  • Select sightseeing companies and guides carefully. Make sure they are legitimate. Check with your hotel staff for recommendations. Triphbo has got a huge number of Seattle tours, you can give a try. 
  • Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close.
  • Do not leave any articles such as phones, purses and wallets unattended.
  • Aggressive panhandling is illegal in Seattle. In case of such an emergency, you can report this offense to the police department.

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Facts and Stats for Seattle*

  • Pollution Statistics in Seattle

    Know the pollution level of Seattle before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 21.73 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 38.33 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50.32 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.34 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.03 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.4 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 18.13 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 19.08 (Very Low)
  • Seattle: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Seattle for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Seattle.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.13 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.16 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 39.84 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30.74 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 40.5 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 58.06 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.69 (Low)
    • Drug offense 65.12 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.02 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.4 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.2 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.25 (Moderate)
  • Living in Seattle - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Seattle is 186.45 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.7 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 91.78 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 29.46 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 44.95 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 86.41 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.46 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.75 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 139.81 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Seattle

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Seattle

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 49.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

Seattle Travel Guides

The best trip plans created by users and travel experts that cover the top spots and attractions of Seattle

Seattle Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Seattle

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