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A popular coastal city in the US state of Washington, Seattle is widely recognized as being one of the fastest-growing tourism-related cities in the US.

With its strong local economy, and previous ties with multi-billion dollar corporations such as Microsoft and Amazon, much of this money is being put back into the city in order to maintain and extend its tourism reach.

Boasting a stunning coastline and impressive cityscape views, particularly at sunset, Seattle also offers the foreign visitor an incredible nightlife experience, based predominantly around the city’s influential local music scene, which has seen groups such as Nirvana reside and play in the city.

 

Arriving Seattle Airport

Routinely ranked as one of the top 3 largest and busiest airports in the world, Seattle airport is a hive of activity and is located approximately 12 miles south of Downtown Seattle. Taxi cabs travelling from the airport to Downtown Seattle can be expected to cost you around $11 -$15.

With the largest airport car park in North America under its busy roof, parking at the airport is never a problem and charges for either short or long terms stays are extremely competitive.

As would be expected form an airport of this magnitude, the amount of traffic passing through the terminals on a daily basis is colossal, and this inevitably has an effect on airport processes such as check-in, security, baggage collection and rental car options, which generally proceed a little slower that you would like.

There are numerous restaurants, shopping outlets and facilities dotted around the airport,  and most are priced reasonably inexpensively if you are looking to pursue these options before leaving the airport.

Driving In Seattle

As a very hilly and mountainous city, you do need to take care when driving in Seattle’s countryside and mountainous regions, as local drivers will take these areas for granted and drive in excess of the speed limit.

However, the city centre roads are extremely well-maintained, laid-out, and offer a remarkably easy driving experience to the first time US driver.

With its reasonable pace of driving when compared to other major US cities, previous visitors to the city praise it for its unhurried and congestion-free driving experience.

Please note that street signage is not as comprehensive as you may wish, and it is advisable to use an updated GPS system to more easily navigate the city and locate the various tourist attractions.

Seattle Driving Tips

  • Drivers are responsible for all passengers wearing seatbelts. If pulled over, it is the driver who will be charged for failing to ensure that seatbelts are worn at all times.
  • As with elsewhere in the US, drink driving is strictly prohibited. You will be pulled over and charged if you attempt to drink while you are driving.
  • Americans drive on the right side of the road. Only use the left lane while performing overtaking maneuvers.
  • Children under the age of 12 cannot sit in the front seat of the car. Also, all children under the age of 8 must have a car seat or booster seat in order to travel.

Things To Do In Seattle

  • Pike Place Market – A traditional American market, famous for the bartering method of negotiation that many of its traders still undertake.
  • Museum Of Flight – An outstanding flight and space museum with numerous attractions and exhibitions which is perfect for families.
  • Argosy Cruises – Take a cruise along the Seattle coastline to view the true beauty of the city.

Restaurants In Seattle – Popular With Visitors

  • Ellenos – Pike Place & Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Altura Restaurant – 617 Broadway E., Seattle, WA (BROADWAY E & ROY ST)
  • Armandino’s Salumi – 309 Third Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104-2620