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Essentials

in Seattle

Seattle is buzzing with energy, and it’s not just from all that coffee.   Within the city’s small area, there’s an amazing, diverse mix of life. Seattle unfolds itself before you, offering an action-packed glimpse at its must-see sights, all within close vicinity to each other.  As you venture out past the layers of modern, urban sprawl within downtown Seattle, there are several charming neighborhoods to visit, including Belltown, Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Ballard, and of course, cheerful Fremont.  All year long, Seattle, a city of extremes, has something meaningful to behold.  If you need help discovering this brainy, yet vibrant town, just turn to Hyatt.

Events in Seattle

Northwest Folklife Festival

May

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA

+1 206 684 7300

The biggest Folk fest in the country has something for everyone, with its variations of song, art, food, and dance ranging from West African to Scottish.

Seattle International Film Festival

May - June

400 9th Avenue North

Seattle, WA

+1 206 324 9996

It is 25 days of film intensity at this multi-venue festival.  There's 300 screenings to attend, some with filmmakers making an appearance, so you can voice your opinion.

Seattle International BeerFest

July

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA

 A selection of over 130 beers in the Grand Beer Tent alone make this fest a can't miss.  If that's not enough, there's also local food like BBQ legend Hot Dog Joe.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts

July

10300 8th Street

Bellevue, WA

+1 206 363 2048

If visiting Bellevue, there's no better way to spend the summer afternoon.  If not, make the excursion over Lake Washington and join the local celebration of arts, with a variety of live music and tasty food.

Bite of Seattle

July

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA

The Northwest's premier food fest, your taste buds will find nirvana when they meet up with the fish tacos, honey chicken skewers, or fresh strawberry crepes.

SeaFair

August

2200 Sixth Ave

Seattle, WA

+1 206 728 0123

With an air show featuring the Blue Angels, a rock and roll marathon, and even a milk carton derby, this massive month long fest on Lake Washington is not to be missed. 

Bumbershoot Festival

September

305 Harrison Street

Seattle, WA

Seattle's hippest music festival draws major acts like Franz Ferdinand and Katy Perry, but it's cool to be seen hanging out in the Indie Market where the real craftsmen of cool are there showing off their goods.

Seattle Marathon

November

Downtown Seattle WA

Nearly 18 countries now participate in what 40 years ago was a small group of people who went out for a run after Thanksgiving.  If you aren't still recovering from your feast, get out early and support.

Essentials

Around 3 million people take residence in the Seattle area.  With its natural, green beauty outlined by gorgeous modern architecture, it’s a pretty safe bet that most are in love with the place.  Even though they endure over 200 days of drizzle, there’s plenty here to make them grin.  They’d love to show you their iconic Pike Place Fish Market and the unavoidable Space Needle.  But they’d also invite you to huff it to one of the alluring neighborhoods, which are all unique, but together, deliver an unmistakable cohesiveness that makes this city so fascinating.

Seattle has outgrown its grungy reputation of the 90s.  The modern age has produced amazing leaps and bounds over the past 20 years, and Seattle has reaped the benefits.  The city’s assured swagger results in impressive arts and rich culture, as well as a multitude of great restaurants and nightlife.  And with new stores opening almost weekly, for shopping, downtown Seattle is the preeminent place to head in the Northwest.  

Seattle is a city where quality comes standard.  Whether it’s the first-rate coffee or wine that fuels your trek through the hills of Queen Anne or Pioneer Square, you’ll need somewhere great to wind down by the end of the day.  Hyatt Seattle Hotels know how to keep you comfortable, and we’ll do just that at the truly convenient Grand Hyatt Seattle in Downtown, Green Leed Certified Hyatt at Olive 8 or Hyatt Regency Bellevue across Lake Washington.

Resources

Seattle Weekly
For news, opinions, arts and entertainment, this weekly source is available all over town, and of course, online.

10 Best Seattle
Learn all you’d wanna know about Seattle area cultural events, shopping, and insider news at this search-friendly site.

The Stranger
A weekly alternative news source with restaurant listings, local forums, and opinions.

Seattle Visitors Bureau
They can answer your questions about navigating in or around Seattle’s numerous attractions.

Getting Around Seattle

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac)
Washington’s primary hub is 13 miles south of downtown Seattle, and has superb artwork mounted throughout.

Shuttle Express
Score downtown pickup and dropoff for under $50 on the third floor of the airport garage.

Metro Transit
Bus and light rail travel ranges from $1.75 to $2.25. Avoid walking the hilly downtown terrain with this option.

Monorail
More of a novelty than a sound source for public transportation, for $4 you can go from Westlake Center (Pine Street) to Seattle Center (Space Needle area).

Taxi Services
By law, all the taxis operate at the same rate, which is $2.50 at meter drop, plus another $2.50 per mile. There’s a $32 flat rate from the hotel district to Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

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