For the foodies out there, Seattle also hosts a number of food and drink related tours across the city. Savor Seattle Food Tours allows you to travel and eat your way through Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle, offering up all of the weird and wonderful ingredients to try. Brewery and coffee house tours are also available – something I would definitely recommend. Seattle’s orginal brewery tour company, Road Dog Tours, which also ranked #1 on TripAdvisor’s beverage tour operator invites visitors to experience the Emerald City like never before.
The latest tourist attraction has also recently opened the huge three-acre, £16 million Pavilion at the Museum of Flight. The museum is a private air and space museum located in the city of Tukwila, just south of Seattle, and features 160 historically significant spacecrafts and aircrafts, allowing spectators to lap up historic American culture. Established back in 1965, the Museum of Flight is the largest private air and space museum in the world, attracting over 500,000 visitors each year, and if it’s this big of a deal already, think how many people will be fighting to visit once they catch wind of the new addition!
It seems to me that Seattle never sleeps, with festivals and events taking place during every month of the year – from flower and boat shows to music and film festivals. Perhaps a bit late for this year, but, Christmas is definitely the most active time of year, with the annual Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, Garden d’Lights, Urban Craft Uprising and Winterfest at Seattle Centre taking place throughout December.
As well as a wide range of already existing natural and man-made features, Seattle is set to introduce a number of new, fascinating and practical attractions to the city. A Virgin Atlantic direct daily flight will be launching in March 2017 as a replacement of the Delta Airlines flight, offering guests a non-stop and stress- free journey. Anyone who has been to America will know the overwhelming level of jetlag that follows, often with the ability to bring down the first few days of your trip, but with the new flight system, guests will no longer have to worry. Additionally, 2017 will see major new hotel openings; including a 245 room W Hotel and a 184 room SLS Hotel in a 600 ft Skyscraper, to accompany their new and improved transportation service, equating to more than 700 new hotel rooms to be incorporated into the city before 2018. In addition to this, the Stadium Place Project, just north of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field will see renovations, where there will be a new 282-guest room Embassy Suites Hotel – ideal for sports and cultural visitors.
Future innovations like this have already started to cause chaos among the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, with a 10% increase in the number of passengers travelling through this landing field. This has already pushed this statistic up to 12 million people during the second quarter of this year, causing it to become busier than London Gatwick, which takes 41 million passengers to over 200 destinations every year.
It is clear to see that Seattle is home to a variety of attractions and excursions and excitingly, has a huge amount of great things to come. So here at Inspired, we say forget the Caribbean and the Maldives for next year’s holiday and take a trip to scintillating Seattle instead!