There is only one international airport in Seattle – Tacoma, so if you will be met by your acquaintances, fortunately, the option that they will mix up the airports is excluded.
How to get to the city center
If you don’t know anyone, and you don’t want to spend money on cabs (we can still use them), you can get to the city by high-speed train (something like our light metro). To do this, you need to get to the fourth floor of the parking lot and look for a pointer Main Terminal skybridge. A trip to downtown will cost you 2.75 USD and will take 35-40 minutes. Such trains run every 7-15 minutes, and work from 5 am to 1 am.
Another type of transport, which will appeal to a wasteful tourist – public bus Metro Transit. It costs 2.5-3 USD (depending on the time of travel, in a rush hour is more expensive). Its huge advantage is that it is round the clock. The disadvantage is that to the nearest stop will have to walk 10 minutes, and with a suitcase it is, agree, the idea is not pleasant. This bus will take you to the city in 30 minutes.
If, after a long flight, saving money is the last thing you care about, I advise you to use Uber. The car arrives very quickly, comfortably takes you from point A to point B, and is much cheaper than a regular cab. For example, a cab ride from the airport to the city center will cost you 40-50 USD, while Uber will help you save 10-15 USD.
If you are a big romantic, then, having arrived in the same New York or, for example, Los Angeles, you can safely change the mode of transport and continue your journey by train. But, probably, you should love the knocking of wheels, because you will be very long to get there (the distance between New York and Seattle is more than 4000 km). And, by the way, you can hardly save money too – travel by train will be almost more expensive than by plane.
How to get to the city center
Amtrak Station Seattle is located in Pioner Square (303 South King Street) – an attractive place for tourists. Many attractions (such as Garden Park Waterfall or Klondike Gold Rush Historic Park) are within easy walking distance – just 3-5 minutes. For example, the famous Seattle Pike Place Market can be reached in just 15 minutes by public transport (70, 99, 41, 101, 150 bus routes) from the S Jackson S t& 5th Ave S or International District/Chinatown Station. Tickets can be purchased from the driver at a cost of 2.25-3 USD (depending on time of day). Buses are open 24 hours a day.
When is the season. When it is better to go
The locals call Seattle “rainy city”. For some reason, it is considered a rainy and different city, although in fact it is not so.
Rains here are not too frequent (and as a rule, everything ends in a little rain, rains rarely occur here), the sun does not impress, and winter is not harsh, and spring and autumn are very pleasant seasons. Therefore, when to go, depends only on your goals, and your wallet, because summer is still, as a rule, the most expensive time for travel.
Seattle in the summer
You should go to Seattle in summer. Although in fact, the nature here is amazing at any time of year.
Seattle, as it turned out, is not only an incredibly green city, but also a very fertile one. Here is a very common collection of berries, which here is a pond. For a symbolic fee, those who wish can go to the locals for raspberries, blueberries, blackcurrant and other berries.
As a rule, there is no strong heat in summer in Seattle, so the weather for long walks is very comfortable – on average 20-25 degrees. In July it may be a couple or three degrees warmer.
Seattle in autumn
Autumn in Seattle, which I also caught, is a magical, colorful time and perhaps the dream of any painter. Only the colors are not here!
Because of the incredible variety of trees, plants and shrubs, all this larch-flower palette becomes many times larger than we are used to seeing in Moscow.
Of course, it is impossible not to mention the Halloween, the preparation for which begins very early.
September and October in Seattle, as a rule, are quite warm months. During the day, the thermometer bars show 17-19 degrees, and in the evening they drop to 13-15 degrees. But November reminds us more about autumn: it gets noticeably cooler (5-7 degrees on average) and precipitation probability increases.
Seattle in winter
In winter Seattle attracts fans of skiing, snowboarding and other winter fun. Pure air, mountains, snow – what else do fans of active recreation need? Well, Christmas and New Year create a special atmosphere of holiday and magic.
There are almost no severe cold spots here: temperatures rarely drop to minus degrees.
Seattle in spring
Spring is early here, and already in March the sun begins to give its warmth, trees and flowers blossom, and in this, of course, its beauty and romance. And in May begins to blossom magnolia, from the aroma of which literally demolishes the roof.
There is a whole district in Seattle that is called Magnolia, and it is easy to guess that there are plenty of trees with these amazing flowers.
The neighborhoods. Where it is better to live
Seattle consists of many districts. In addition, some of its suburbs are also kind of considered part of the city.
As, perhaps, in all American cities, there is a downtown (central part of the city, where there are not only skyscrapers, office buildings and banks, but also various entertainment facilities, restaurants and bars).
In principle, if you worry about finding a place to stay in advance, you can rent a room in a 3-star or even a 4-star hotel relatively cheaply. The day will cost 100-150 USD. The proximity to the center and the availability of bars will surely attract the attention of wealthy young people.
Part of downtown, here, as it is called, is expensive and rich. Perhaps, this is where the fastidious tourist should stay. However, as it is not difficult to guess, it is unlikely to find a budget option to stay here. Mostly all 4 and 5-star hotels such as Sheraton, Hyatt and Hilton are located here. Night in them will cost 150-200 USD.
South Lake Union
The other part of downtown. This is where offices of large companies and business centers are concentrated (for example, “Amazon” is based here). Despite the fact that this area is dotted with office buildings and is rapidly developing (buildings here everywhere look), you can find old buildings from the beginning of the last century, so if time allows, you can safely go for a walk in this part of the city. There are quite decent hotels here at a reasonable price (100-120 USD per night). Finding something cheaper is difficult, more expensive – please.
An atmospheric place where you can eat inexpensively and deliciously. It is a very colorful part of Seattle with its special spirit, which will be curious to any unsophisticated tourist (there are quite a lot of stores with various Asian goods and products), but if you, for example, were in China Town in New York, this area of Seattle is unlikely to impress you. 2- and 3-star hotels here cost around 90-130 USD per day.
This is the historical center of the city, where the main attractions are concentrated. Of course, the most interesting area for tourists. Appeared here in the XIX century houses were wooden, but, alas, a fire in 1889 destroyed them and to this day buildings have not survived. Now Pioner Square, among other things, attracts tourists, and locals too, a large number of cafes, art galleries, bars and nightclubs. This is where I would advise to stay. Of course, living in this area will cost you a lot of money – it is very difficult to find cheap accommodation for less than 100 USD per night.
Another curious part of the city. It is a very pathosny and probably the richest district of Seattle. It is just interesting to walk around and look at expensive mansions. There are plenty of cafes, bars, and parks here. Do not be surprised if you meet a large number of non-traditional and informal people. By the way, grunge originated on Capitol Hill. It is necessary to come here for a walk, but I don’t advise to settle down: it is expensive and far from the center (25-30 minutes by bus). On average, prices in hotels start from 170-180 USD per night.
This is a prestigious area of the city with a large number of private expensive houses. Here is an incredibly clean air, magical nature and a famous park – Discovery Park. However, the disadvantage is that the city center will have to go by bus in 45 minutes. There are no hotels in the area itself. You can rent a house for 180-200 USD per day. If you go by company, it will be very profitable.
Among other things, Seattle is a student city. It is home to several quite prestigious colleges (the most famous is the University of Washington). So it is not surprising that there is a whole district of U-district (university) where they are concentrated. By the way, you can also go here for a cultural program – most of the city theaters are located in this area. There is not as much choice of hotels as in the city center, but you can find inexpensive motels and hotels for 80-90 USD per night.