June 17, 2013 By Moon1965
Located between Lake Washington and Puget Sound with mountain ranges to the west and east, the city of Seattle boasts of temperate climate with wet winters and warm, sunny summers. The city has an elaborate transport network that includes air transport, water transport, railway system and road transport. It is probably important to note that most visitors arrive by plane at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes to drive from the airport to town by car or 35 minutes using the Link Light Rail. International visitors from English-speaking countries can drive themselves around the city because Seattle recognizes their foreign driving licenses. However, travelers from nonEnglish speaking countries should consider getting an international driver’s permit (IDP). Read on for some more great tips on traveling to and around while in Seattle.
Getting around Seattle’s Streets
Finding your way around a new city can be challenging. However, Seattle has a simple street system that you can easily master. Roads running in an east-west direction take the name “Streets” while those running in a north-south direction take the name “Avenues”. Finally, any road that curves or runs diagonal to other roads takes the name “Boulevard” or “Road”. Take note that roads around the central business district do not necessarily follow this system. Make sure you have a street map with you when driving or walking around to enjoy Seattle.
Seattle has a wide range of hotels that cater to different categories of visitor, from budget hotels to 5-star accommodations. The average hotel charges between $130 and $200 for a room per night and some hotels offer a few extras such as free parking, free Wi-Fi, and meal vouchers.
From Asian cuisine to gourmet coffee and virtually everything in between, Seattle has it all. If you love Chinese food, you should visit the Yeas Wok, Jade Garden, Chiangs Gourmet, Szechuan Chef, or the Bamboo Garden restaurants. Other restaurants popular with visitors include Serafina, Flying Fish, Tamarind Tree, Kallaloo, Annapurna café, and Brasa. In addition, most hotels where visitors stay also offer various treats.
One of the most popular Seattle attractions is the Space Needle. The iconic building has a rotating deck that gives visitors 360-degree breathtaking views of the city and surrounding areas. In addition, the space needle has a restaurant that rotates 360 degrees while visitors feast on sumptuous meals and enjoy Seattle views. Another great attraction is the Seattle Great Wheel, which stands at an impressive 175 feet tall. It has 42 fully enclosed gondolas that can accommodate eight people comfortably and is open all year round.
If you love the great outdoors, consider taking part in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic that covers 202 miles in length. The event takes place on the second or third weekend in July and usually takes two days to complete. For film buffs, the Seattle international Film Festival (SIFF) is an event worth attending. SIFF runs for about three weeks and draws more than 100,000 attendees every year in May/June.
If you would like to enjoy Seattle art in more quiet surroundings, visit the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington and feast your eyes on a collection of more than 20,000 objects. Another museum that you cannot afford to ignore is the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), which has three facilities, the Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle Waterfront, the main museum in downtown Seattle, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM). Some of the art pieces you can see at the SAM include “Hammering Man”, Mark Tobey’s “Electric Night” as well as paintings by Armand Guillaumin, Luca Giordano, Luca Di Tomme, Emanuel De Witte, and Camille Pissarro. Other museums in Seattle include Frye Art Museum, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
To experience Seattle fully, you should sample some of the city’s finer attractions including museums, restaurants, and festivals such as the SIFF. Additionally, you should engage in some fun activities within the city, for example, take a bike tour through the San Juan Islands and other parts of Washington. Finally, you should visit the Pike Place Market where you can get seafood, flowers, dairy products, arts and crafts, as well as ready to eat food.