Seattle–Tacoma International Airport is the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest region of the United states.The airport, fondly called Sea-Tac, lies approximately twelve miles south of downtown Seattle, and is the primary airport for the Seattle metropolitan area. The airport is about a 25 minute drive from downtown Seattle in good traffic.
The airport serves many airlines flying to many cities throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Sea-Tac is the main hub for Alaska Airlines and its regional subsidiary Horizon Air. It is also a major hub and international gateway to Asia and Europe for Delta Air Lines.
There are several choices for getting from the airport to downtown Seattle-- Sound Transit's Link Light Rail connects the Airport directly to the city centre. Trains take 37 minutes to reach the terminal in the downtown area.
Shuttle buses & rental vans are available for those with more luggage. There are other long distances buses & vans going from Sea-Tac International Airport to Vancouver in Canada and other cities in Washington state. Rental cars are available at the airport.
Seattle has a reputation for its rainy weather and gloomy skies, but other than the period from November through March when the weather is cold more prone to downpours, Seattle actually offers a variety of enjoyable outdoor attractions. The bustling city is set amidst a landscape of beautiful green trees, the Cascade and Olympic mountains, clear lakes and scenic rivers. No wonder the city is nicknamed the Emerald City.
Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest. Tucked between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and overlooking Elliott Bay, the city has an abundance of natural venues which provide visitors with fascinating and relaxing places to unwind.
The city and its surrounding areas also has a very urban and youthful vibe and is home to many tech-based companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Nintendo of America, and T-Mobile. This diverse city boasts of a vibrant arts and music scene as well as a gourmet cafe culture.
There is no shortage of things to do and sights to see in Seattle as this gem of a city features the perfect blend of urban attractions and natural wonders. Here are some of the Seattle’s points of interest that every visitor must not miss.
Pike Place Market
In downtown, the market is Seattle's largest tourist area, and it's the oldest continually operating farmers' market in the United States. It is home to the famous fish market, original Starbucks Coffee shop, and a large indoor and outdoor market. Many other attractions in downtown are within walking distance of Seattle's biggest tourist area making it the perfect place to start any sightseeing trip of the city.
Just a short monorail ride away from downtown is Seattle's most iconic landmark. The view from the world-famous observation deck is a definite must-see experience. Built in 1962 for Seattle’s World Fair, the unique tower has attracted many visitors to its disc-shaped top that houses the observation deck, a gift shop and a revolving restaurant.
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks is a complex of locks that sits at the west end of Salmon Bay part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The locks and associated facilities were built to maintain the water level of the fresh water Lake Washington and Lake Union, to prevent saltwater intrusion and to move boats from the water level of the lakes to the water level of Puget Sound, and vice versa. The Locks are a popular tourist attraction for its botanical gardens, visitors center and the fascinating salmon ladder.
Experience Music Project Museum
This Frank Gehry-designed museum cannot be missed as it has a strikingly unique form that resembles Jimi Hendrix's smashed guitar. The interactive museum is home to exhibits, activity stations, sound sculptures, and various educational resources on contemporary popular culture.
There are many more architectural attractions in Seattle, and these are mostly clustered in the very walkable downtown area. Among the highlights are the Central Library, the Smith Tower, an Art Deco skyscraper which has an observation deck and is Seattle's oldest skyscraper; the Columbia Center, the tallest building in the Pacific Northwest and one with its own observation deck; the Seattle City Hall, and the new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus. These architectural marvels are all best enjoyed on a walking tour on a good day.
Public transportation in Seattle is excellent and visitors to the city have many options of getting around. They have an extensive network of electric, hybrid, and diesel city buses with many convenient routes.
The Link Light Rail operates between Westlake Center downtown and Sea-Tac Airport. There is also a streetcar and monorail service in the Downtown area.
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