Seattle Tourism

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.

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.

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

  • Save 3% Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market
    Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market626 Reviews

    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Not sure what to see in Seattle? Take the stress out of sightseeing on this 6-hour tour, which covers 50 miles (80 kilometers...

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  • Save 4% Seattle Locks Cruise
    Seattle Locks Cruise224 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    Take in the spectacular views and experience the transition from salt to fresh water on a Locks Cruise! This narrated cruise ...

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  • Save 6% Mt. Rainier Small-Group Tour from Seattle
    Mt. Rainier Small-Group Tour from Seattle22 Reviews

    Duration: 10 Hrs

    Admire close-up views of Mt Rainiers snow capped peak, one of Seattles most iconic sights, on this full-day nature tour. See ...

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  • Save 3% Boeing Factory Tour from Seattle
    Boeing Factory Tour from Seattle308 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    If you're amazed by flying and airplanes, this is an essential experience! Tour the factory where they build and test the fam...

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

    • Air Pollution 21.13 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50.55 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35.6 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.11 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.7 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 17.74 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 18.26 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Seattle for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Seattle.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.55 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.2 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.65 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.03 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 39.83 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 58.61 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.99 (Low)
    • Drug offense 66.05 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.52 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 47.82 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 46.6 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.14 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 56.59 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Seattle is 185.87 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 55.12 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 91.73 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 28.6 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.72 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 84.79 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.8 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.23 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 136.63 (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.

  • 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 14 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.22 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.81 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.83 USD

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

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