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Seattle at a Glance

Seattle is an elegant city that grew out of shipping, timber and fishing industries in the 19th century. After WWII, the city boomed as a center of Boeing Aviation. Recently, software development and the presence of the web giant, Amazon, have fueled economic growth. 

Seattle is home to the iconic Space Needle, which was built for the Seattle World's Fair of 1962. The Space Needle is one of the tallest structures on the West Coast and is built to withstand 200-mile-per-hour winds and a 9.1-magnitude earthquake. The Space Needle is an excellent place to take pictures and enjoy the view of downtown Seattle, Elliot Bay and Mt. Rainier. 

Visitors to Seattle can also take in art museum and the music scene. The Seattle Zoo is an especially fun place to take kids. 

What to Expect
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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Ferry Washington State Ferries
      • Bus Seattle Greyhound Terminal
      • Bus King County Metro Transit
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      7,661 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      139 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Seattle is mild and rainy during the winter and drier, but still cool during the summer. Watch out for limited visibility in fog. 

      Safety Concerns Occasional drug-related crimes have been recorded in the downtown area of Seattle. Avoid flashing cash and stay in well-lit areas at night.  

      Health Concerns Seattle has good water quality and limited opportunities to catch serious illnesses. Stay healthy by washing hands and using good hygiene.