Seattle is a gorgeous, dynamic city that appeals to all tastes. The jewels of the "Emerald City" are undoubtedly its evergreens—which seem to decorate every open space—standing as verdant brethren to the city’s concrete and steel skyscrapers. Beyond the memorable foliage and monolithic facades, the blue waters of Puget Sound are a joy to behold from the window seat of all inbound Seattle flights. The city is an outdoor lover's paradise, basically a group of islands, peninsulas, and other outcroppings connected by a web of waterways that invite kayaking or sailing. For land-bound adventures, hike or bike the 18.8-mile length of the Burke-Gilman Trail among maples and firs, along lakefronts, and through neighborhood parks. Take a break from the trees and stop by the Seattle Art Museum, appreciate a performance at the Seattle Opera, or listen to live music at local pubs. Many vacation packages to Seattle include access to these attractions—as well as outstanding prices on airfare and accommodations when you bundle them together. Plus, with Travelocity’s Seattle car rental deals, you can spend your days touring the birthplace of coffee culture and grunge music as long as your heart desires.
Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Seattle?
Thanks to its proximity to downtown—just a short 15-mile ride—you don’t have to stop at a roadside motel when you land. Instead, you can rent a car in Seattle’s airport and head right into city center for a stay at one of these impressive Seattle hotels:
The Westin Seattle – The Westin’s twin cylindrical towers are signature components of Seattle’s famous skyline, so you know the views are incredible. The location is great, too—just a short walk from Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Washington State Convention Center, the Monorail, and both Safeco and CenturyLink Fields. If your emerald adventure takes you away from downtown, worry not. There is a parking facility adjacent to the hotel with both valet and self-park options.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel – Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, the Sheraton has you covered. With over 75,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a 24-hour business center, you have everything you require to host your next industry event. Impeccable concierge service, three on-site eateries, and the pool and fitness center located 35 floors above street-level, take care of all of your vacation needs, as well. Plus, you can park your rental trouble-free thanks to the Sheraton’s on-site valet service.
Seattle Marriott Waterfront – Overlooking Elliott Bay, this beautiful property is the perfect mix of high-tech amenities and luxurious accommodations. Smart televisions and high-speed Wi-Fi keep you connected. And, executive bedding and striking views keep you pampered in style. To top it off, the Marriott offers on-site valet and off-site self-park options, so your rental is never too far away.
The Paramount Hotel – Punctuated with understated elegance, the Paramount welcomes its guests to the Emerald City with simple luxury. Toss your keys to the valet, and come and go as much as you please thanks to unlimited in-and-out valet parking. With a 50” television, Bluetooth speaker system, and fiber-optic Wi-Fi, you’ll enjoy every high-tech advantage. And contemporary furnishings, lush bathrobes, and abundant natural light will have you resting in quintessential comfort.
Traveling Around Seattle
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is situated roughly 13 miles from downtown, and although you can take the lightrail or a taxi to your accommodations, securing a Seattle car rental will give you much more flexibility, especially for making trips outside the city. And with all the parks and nature-focused destinations around, a car rental in Seattle makes a lot of sense! Take the drive to Mount Rainier for hiking and sightseeing, or head to Olympic National Forest to experience the majesty of Olympic Mountains firsthand. Tacoma—with attractions like the Museum of Glass and Bridge of Glass—has all the makings of an amazing day trip, with plenty to see, do, and eat in Seattle’s neighbor to the south. Back in Seattle, Pike Place Market—nestled in the heart of downtown—is a teeming farmers market that sells everything from fresh straight-from-the-ocean seafood to local farm-to-market produce. Visit the Olympic Sculpture Park or the Seattle Art Museum to plug into the city’s creative pulse. Make sure to explore all the bustling neighborhoods that make up Seattle—such as Chinatown-International District, a place that tempts all five senses, or Fremont, a quirky, eccentric neighborhood that feels like a ride through an exotic land (you might even see a troll, if you know where to look).
Getting the Seattle Buzz
With so much to explore, it's best to start planning early by looking for a cheap rental car in Seattle as well as airfare and lodging. You can save by using the Travelocity app, which lets you take advantage of mobile-exclusive offers. With the money you save with Travelocity’s Seattle rental car deals, you can afford to buy a souvenir from every vendor in the historic Pike’s Place Market…provided you leave a lot of room in your carry-on luggage.