From Pike Place to hikes, from mountains to museums, Pacific Northwest splendor and culture abound in Seattle, Washington. Despite a rainy reputation (it’s more of a light mist, really) Seattle is a destination for outdoor play with plenty of unique indoor attractions, too. There’s so much to do that we can’t even begin to list it all. With convenient public transportation from buses to ferries, exploring Seattle is easy and encouraged.
Seattle is a bustling city, and its access to outdoor recreation is what makes it truly special. For starters, there are parks of all sizes. The 10-acre park at Angle Lake offers picnic areas, year-round fishing and a spray water park. You can always go big too: hike at Seattle’s largest city park, where its 534 acres provide stunning views of Puget Sound and two nearby mountain ranges: the Olympics and the Cascades. Many area parks offer rugged and paved biking opportunities, and you can even tour the city by bicycle with help from an outfitter to provide the equipment and local knowledge you need.
The city’s location on Puget Sound creates opportunities for offshore exploration too. Take one of the ferries to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton, or board a boat for a whale-watching excursion. If you prefer to be your own captain, there are numerous saltwater and freshwater kayaking opportunities available.
Seattle’s active lifestyle includes not just kayaks and hiking boots, but helmets and cleats, too, with plenty of pro sports to cheer for. Check them out at the area venues, including a hockey arena, baseball park, and football and soccer stadium. Or, lace up your own cleats at the sports complex or the walking-only, traditional links golf course.
They say that exploring different cultures is great for creativity, and Seattle’s eclectic mix of museums just might be proof. There are numerous art galleries and museums in the area, including at least one that’s always free. Explore the pop culture museum with interactive exhibits on topics from grunge rock to science fiction. For science facts, get up close and personal with airborne innovations from balloons to spacecraft at the flight museum. There’s more tech to explore at the living computers museum — or go back in time with interactive fun at the pinball museum
You can even take some of the area’s creativity home with you as you shop all kinds of unique storefronts both downtown and in Seattle’s neighborhoods. While you’re out and about, it’s easy to reenergize because Seattle is part of a competitive, high-quality coffee culture and is home to America’s best-known coffee chain. For great Seattle cuisine, a trip to the market on Pike Place is an absolute must. There, you’ll find a farmer’s market, crafts market, fish market, specialty foods, souvenirs and street musicians.
With so much to explore, don’t spend extra time traveling to and from the airport. Instead, stay at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA, where you’ll be less than three miles from the airport with access to a free shuttle 24 hours a day. When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed with hot beverages and cookies in the lobby, along with smiling staff who are ready to assist you with your trip’s itinerary. You can also use the complimentary Wi-Fi to check in with work or family with ease. Before you head into the city in the morning, enjoy our complimentary hot Be Our Guest Breakfast with favorites like waffles, eggs, and, because it’s Seattle, a steaming cup of coffee.