As the biggest city in the state of Washington, Seattle is submerged in nature, for there are many water bodies, mountains and forests surrounding the city. Nicknamed as “Emerald City” for its vast greenery and park spaces, the city is also a center of technology and science. In addition, Seattle is renowned for its musical scene, since it houses some of the most popular jazz and rock nightclubs in the country. This is also home to various world-renowned film festivals, such as the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.
The currency accepted in Seattle in the US Dollar (USD). 1 USD is equal to 7.75 HKD.
Some well-known tourist spots in Settle are:
Seattle Great Wheel:Standing on the Elliot Bay of Seattle and at a height of 175 feet, this is one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the USA. A ride on the wheel takes about 12 minutes.
Seattle Underground: This is a system of underground passages that are no longer in use. It was constructed since the 19th century. Following its appearance in the 1973 movie “The Night Strangler”, the place started to gain popularity among tourists. This is where the adult-only Underworld Tour is offered.
Pike Place Market:As one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the USA, this is a public marketing situated on the Elliot Bay. The market showcases sales of products from small farmers, craft artists and merchants. With over 10 million visitors yearly, it is regarded as Seattle’s most popular tourist attraction.
Experience Music Project Museum:A museum with a unique design, this is home to various music-related exhibits. Besides, the museum also offers the ground for the Science Fiction Museum. Recently, the museum has also been home to the annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival.
The main international airport in Seattle is Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is located 12 miles from downtown Seattle. This is the busiest airport in the Washington state. An average taxi ride from the airport to the city center should cost about 383 HKD. Many airlines offer flights from Hong Kong to Seattle; some of the names are Air Canada, Asiana, Emirates, EVA Air, Qatar Airways and United.
Hong Kong citizens who wish to enter the United States for vacation purposes need to apply for non-immigrant visa B-1 or B-2, which requires that their passport needs to have a minimum validity of 6 months.
Seattle’s climate is characterised by moderately cold, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The city is cloudy and prone to raining throughout 2 quarters of the year, especially around fall and winter. It is actually among the rainiest cities in the USA. Summer temperatures average around 18.9 °C, while winter temperatures average around 4.8 °C. Light or moderate snowfall is often observed in December or January. It is recommended that you visit Seattle during spring or summer to enjoy the relatively pleasant temperature and a less cloudy sky.
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*All information and prices are valid as at November 2015.
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