While Seattle does have a reputation for being a bit rainy, locals will tell you one thing. They love their city and there is plenty to do, both within city limits and in the surrounding suburbs. Do you like art? Check out a local museum.
Seattle Skyline from Queen Ane Hill
Do you like the outdoors? You’ll want to head to the mountains north or south of the city for some hiking, biking, or even kayaking. There’s simply no excuse for not taking advantage of all this Washington State based city has to offer.
WHEN TO VISIT SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
Seattle Houseboats on Lake Union.
Despite its rainy reputation, the city of Seattle actually gets less rain per year than other popular cities like New York, NY and Miami, FL. There are quite a few gloomy days but on many you’ll find nothing more than a drizzle – hardly enough to dampen your adventures.
Even the winter months, with cold temperatures, can be beautiful in Seattle. During this time of year the skies seem extra blue and the grass is still very green. The sun shines throughout the winter, giving you a slightly warmer feel than you might expect. The spring and summer months are gorgeous and there are less rainy days during these seasons. Temperatures between July and September tend to over between 75 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 36 degrees Celsius), with the worst temperatures around August. You’ll always be able to find something to do, even on the warmest or rainiest of days.
TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT SEATTLE
SAFECO FIELD SEATTLE WASHINGTON
Seattle is a large city and, as such, you won’t be going far on foot unless your destinations are very close to your Seattle hotel. While you can always take a taxi to and from your destinations, you’ll find that the number of available taxis is relatively low compared to cities around the same size. If you have trouble finding transportation, ask your hotel concierge to help you arrange for a taxi or a private towncar. Renting a vehicle is also an option if you have a drivers license in the United States or an International Drivers License.
TRANSLATING LOCAL JARGON
Seattle Washington Space Needle
If you’re traveling to the northwest from another part of the United States you’ll likely hear a few phrases you aren’t familiar with. Every area has its own local slang, though, so don’t be put off by a little bit of confusion. If you’re visiting from another country you’ll find that some of the language, or jargon, is a bit different. Here are a few differences you might want to note:
Always call Pike Place Market by its full name. Calling it “Pikes Market” or “The Market” will automatically label you as a tourist.
People in the western section of the United States tend to order “pop” instead of “soda.”
In Europe, individuals look for the “city centre” while in the United States people look for the “downtown” area.
Still Mineral water in Europe is known as bottled water in the US.
Sparkling mineral water in Europe is known as seltzer, sparkling water, or club soda in the US.
The lift in Europe is known as the elevator in the US.
In Europe, public transportation systems are referred to as the Underground, Tube, or Metro. Depending on the city you visit, United States translations usually equate to the Subway, Light Rail, BART, Speedline, or some equivalent.
Japanese Garden – Seattle, Washington
While some United States citizens are familiar with the differences in terminology, you will run into many who are confused by your request. Learning a few common United States English phrases will help you to communicate more effectively.
WHAT TO SEE IN SEATTLE
There are dozens of incredible attractions scattered throughout Seattle, perfect for individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life. Children will particularly enjoy The Children’s Museum. Inside they’ll find a number of themed attractions including a giant Cog City made of pulleys and pipes as well as a number of wilderness style playgrounds.
Sea Otter, Aquarium, Seattle, WA
The Seattle Aquarium is perfect for visitors of all ages. If you go, make a special effort to visit the otters. They spend the day playing and entertain visitors for hours on end.
Sher’s Favorite place: Pike Place Market
As mentioned earlier, Pike Place Market is a destination locals hold dear. This particular market bazaar has a history dating back as far as 1907. Farmers from all over the region flock to the market to sell produce, flowers, seafood, spices, tea, wine, coffee, crafts, and so much more. Some shopkeepers rent stores while others have stalls. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, so if you want a formal tour you’ll want to book at least a day in advance.
Put away your umbrella, grab a parka, and simply enjoy the city. Rain or shine, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied!