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Cottage in the Heart of the City
SUPERHOST
Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Cottage in the Heart of the CityNew cottage, cabin-like, in the heart of Seattle. Close to bus line, cruise ships, shops, restaurants, waterfront, parks, bike paths, stadiums, Space Needle. Our cottage offers a kitchen, w/d and queen bed among other amenities. Built green.

Modern apartment with Space Needle view
SUPERHOST
Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Modern apartment with Space Needle viewEnjoy all that Seattle has to offer from this centrally located apartment. You can walk to the Space Needle in just a few minutes, and in fact, you'll get a good view of it right from the living room and patio. The apartment occupies the ground floor of our house, and has its own separate entry. We live just upstairs, so we're around to offer help and local advice if desired, or privacy if you prefer.

Private Ballard Backyard Cottage with Natural Light
PLUS
Entire guesthouse · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Private Ballard Backyard Cottage with Natural LightEscape the bustle of the city and relax in a cozy backyard sanctuary. Sample local craft beer in an Adirondack chair in the garden. Watch a widescreen TV from the bed and make coffee in the morning.

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Popular apartment amenities in Seattle

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  • Wifi
  • Free parking on premises
  • Washer
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Where to stay in Seattle

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

Photo of Green Lake
Green LakeWhat locals sayResidential · Quiet · Hip
Photo of Capitol Hill
Capitol HillWhat locals sayResidential · Hip · Vibrant
Photo of Fremont
FremontWhat locals sayBohemian · Quiet · Residential
Photo of Ballard
BallardWhat locals sayQuiet · Residential · Hip
Photo of Pioneer Square
Pioneer SquareWhat locals sayHistoric · Vibrant
Photo of South Lake Union
South Lake UnionWhat locals sayClean · Vibrant · Quiet

Stay near Seattle's top sights

Space Needle
Landmark · 479 locals recommend
Photo of Space Needle

If Seattle is known for anything, this is it. If views are your thing, purchase a ticket and check out the newly renovated observation deck. For an better view that includes the Space Needle, head over to Kerry Park!

Betka
Betka· Burien, WA
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium (condo)
    2. Seattle
    Space Needle Condo
    $123 per night
  • PLUS
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Seattle
    Cozy Suite, Covered Backyard Patio, Walk to Climate Pledge
    $137 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire condominium (condo)
    2. Seattle
    Welcombe Seattle downtown
    $141 per night
  • PLUS
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Seattle
    Quiet Flat. Vibrant Downtown. Walk Everywhere.
    $113 per night
Pike Place Market
Market · 957 locals recommend
Photo of Pike Place Market

Pike Place is chock full of amazing vendors selling crafts, flowers, fruit, and of course - fish. Wander the stalls and sample the wares. Some highlights include: Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Bavarian Meats, and Ellenos and the gum wall. Grab a Salmon sandwich for lunch at Market Grill.

Beth
Beth· Seattle, WA
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Seattle
    Modern Downtown Seattle Apartment at Pike Place
    $134 per night
  • PLUS
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Seattle
    Chic Flat. Trendy Neighborhood. Great Dining.
    $109 per night
  • PLUS
    1. Entire condominium (condo)
    2. Seattle
    Modern Studio in the Heart of the City Ii
    $167 per night
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Seattle
    Charming City Quarters with Balcony Views
    $141 per night
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Art Museum · 338 locals recommend
Photo of Chihuly Garden and Glass

The most famous glass artist in the country, born south of Seattle in Tacoma, displays his finest collection of works downtown just below the Space Needle. A must see for an art lover.

Kierney
Kierney· Seattle, WA
  • SUPERHOST
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Seattle
    Bigelow View Perch
    $150 per night
    1. Entire rental unit
    2. Seattle
    2 bedroom retreat in Queen Anne (Emerald Cottage)
    $162 per night
    1. Entire loft
    2. Seattle
    BRAND NEW suite w breathtaking views @ City Center
    $95 per night
  • PLUS
    1. Entire guest suite
    2. Seattle
    Queen Anne Loft with Space Needle View
    $171 per night

Top-rated things to do in Seattle

Unique activities hosted by local experts vetted for quality

  • One Hour Sightseeing Cocktail Cruise
    This year we are offering private tours only, so it will just be you and your guests. The boats all get enclosed to keep you dry and comfortable regardless of the weather! Your adventure begins as we embark from the North Side of Lake Union and enjoy a leisurely cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington. Throughout this 1 Hour Cruise you'll have an opportunity to experience: Up close and personal views of sea plane take offs and landings. Sights such as the Space Needle, Gas Works Park, the Fremont Bridge, St. Marks Cathedral as well as dozens of floating homes including the Sleepless in Seattle floating home and the oldest floating home in Seattle. Hundreds of boats from classic cruisers to modern mega yachts from all around Lake Union Sit back, relax and enjoy a cocktail (or mocktail) while soaking up all the amazing views of Seattle and discover what makes the Northwest so special. Other things to note You are welcome and encouraged to bring any food and soft drinks that you you like. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Drinks start at just $6. Cash or credit
    From Price:$59 / person
  • Chef Tour of Pike Place Market
    We will take you on a culinary tasting adventure of Pike Place Market. We will be stopping at 9 different artisanal vendors; learning about local production and tasting your way through the flavors of the Northwest. Learn where local chefs shop, where coffee aficionados get their cup of Joe and more! Other things to note: The tour takes place rain or shine. Please email if you have dietary restrictions. Note that not all of our routes stop at the same places in Pike Place. We do book private tours for 8-15 people. Please direct message us to learn more. Great activity for everyone- groups, families, couples, single travelers and locals! Please note this is market tour and not a restaurant tour. There are small bites over many stops and limit places to sit down. It requires a medium physical fitness level
    From Price:$60 / person
  • Tiny Hearts Homestead
    When you get here we will immediately go into the goat, mini horse, mini donkey and pig pasture and love on them. The goats can be picked up and carried around. The Pigs love a good belly rub and will flop over like a dog for you. We even have a baby mini horse to pet. We can also feed the Alpacas and Chickens. Sometimes they do get full in the afternoon so feeding may or may not happen. While visiting I will be actively working in the fields, but am always ready to answer question you may have. Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind a some dirty on, especially in the rainy season. We now offer fresh eggs for sale when available. If you want to reserve a dozen , let me know before your visit. Another local farmer is offering flower bouquet delivery to guests who visit Sat or Sun. We can also do birthday parties. If interested in any of these, let me know and I will get your more details Also, don’t forget to follow Tinyheartshomestead on Instagram to see what’s new at the farm A reminder you are visiting an active farm and animal behavior is unpredictable. By booking you waive liability for injuries that occur during the experience. Other things to note Bring boots if rainy or shoes that can get wet. Goats can have dirty feet and may get a little dirt on you. Wear clothes you are ok needing a wash after
    From Price:$25 / person
  • Electric Bike Tour Seattle
    On this tour we can social distance and be outdoors. We can easily maintain a safe distance between riders while traveling between sites and on stops. Bikes are sanitized between riders. We ride electric bikes, these are fat-tire RadPower Mini’s and step-thru Mini's, they are accessible for almost all riders. Although the electric motor helps a lot with Seattle’s hills, you do have to pedal. At times, it can be the exercise equivalent of a brisk walk and on other points along the route it’s a pleasant stroll. Older riders may find the bikes and terrain a challenge. If you are an active bike rider you will have no problems with the electric bike. A cargo bike available upon request--it is set up to take a younger passenger on the back and there's a childseat. First stop is at the Olympic Mountains and Sound Viewpoint, here there's a great overview of the waterway and the geology of Seattle. Typically we travel through the Ballard Locks and visit the fish ladder. Other options include the Fremont Troll, Gasworks Park, and Fishermen's Terminal. There are a few options, such as a ride around Discovery Park and I like to customize the routes whenever possible. Other things to note First part of the tour is learning how to ride an ebike. There are bags on each bike for caring personal items. Wear bright colors to increase visibility. Sunglasses are also handy.
    From Price:$75 / person
  • Experience Mt. Rainier National Park
    Our day trip will take you on a special journey; we’re going to have fun, eat well, walk in the wild, and show you our favorite parts of the National Park. We keep our groups small; you may join a few other explorers (we limit our trips at ten guests) from all over the world. We’ll pick you up from downtown Seattle at a stop convenient to you, then we head for the mountain! We’ll stop along the way to stretch our legs and have a little breakfast, coffee and tea. In the National Park we’ll see giant old growth trees, icy waterfalls, and watch for elk, bears and birds. We’ll ditch the van to explore several mellow trails and share secrets of the volcano’s diverse ecosystems and wonder at some of the most pristine and stunning wilderness in the world. We’ll cater length and level of activity to the desires of the group. At the end of the day we’ll return you to your place in downtown Seattle! Other things to note - Even if you're the only person booking a trip date - join us! It's likely someone else is booked (that called us to book) instead of AirBNB. - Don't see your preferred date? Call us: 206-650-5795.
    From Price:$266 / person

Tips from Seattle locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack?

Bring layers, comfortable shoes, and a compact umbrella Seattle isn't as rainy as legend has it, but we do get an aggressive mist for 9 months of the year. bring clothes that resist dampness and prepare for modest temperatures in the 40-50 degree range in the winter and 60-70 degree range in the summer.

Molly
MollyLives in Seattle

Please be prepared for any type of weather! be comfortable. seattle is very informal. I suggest checking your weather app to get the day to day weather predictions

Elizabeth
ElizabethLives in Seattle

Pack a raincoat in the non-summer months It's not a coincidence that our landscape is so green.. we get rain! seattle's weather is pretty mild year-round, but you can definitely count on a little rain during your stay (if it's fall-spring).

Patty
PattyLives in Seattle

Favor a jacket with a hood over an umbrella Seattle may rain but it doesn't rain hard. bring a water repellent jacket and you can flip up the hood whenever you need. plus you'll look more like a local without the umbrella!

Brian
BrianLives in Seattle

Bring a jacket/coat with a hood You don't want to be caught in the rain without cover

Susie & Mike
Susie & MikeLives in Seattle

What should I book before I arrive?

Theater/concert tickets! Seattle hosts incredible performers/shows year-round. if you have a free night on your trip, it is definitely worth looking into the shows that are in town. great venues to search are the paramount theater, 5th avenue theater, and benaroya hall.

Patty
PattyLives in Seattle

What's the best way to get around?

The light rail is your best friend for traveling to the airport or downtown Beware that many, but not all light rail stations offer orca card vending machines. these are also available at several convenience store chains.

Molly
MollyLives in Seattle

Buses, uber, and bicycles to rent are a great way to get around the city Bicycles to rent are available around the neighborhood. download the uber app and get picked up right at the house for city excursions.

Elizabeth
ElizabethLives in Seattle

Eastside lightrail opening 2020 The light rail is opening to the eastside 2020 take a ride!

LaCooVs
LaCooVsLives in Seattle

Take a ride on the light rail! The light rail is great, it's seattle's version of the new york subway and it will take you right downtown to king street station where you can explore the stadiums, pioneer square, 1st ave, pike place market and pacific place shopping - the possibilities are endless!

LaCooVs
LaCooVsLives in Seattle

Link light rail is the best bang for the buck to get around! The link light rail is a popular but comfortable public transport that everyone loves to take advantage of! it can take you to seatac airport and any places up north including downtown seattle and university of washington, which is a tourist attraction for their ancient 'hogwarts' library and the cherry blossom season, all with less than 10 bucks round trip and great views on the way!

Mily
MilyLives in Seattle

Public transit is easy going north and south Opt for the public transit if you are mainly going just up and down seattle. think about springing for a lyft or uber if you need to go east and west.

Brian
BrianLives in Seattle

Beautiful bike ride to pike place *** I'd strongly recommend picking up a rideshare bike (lime & jump here in seattle) and hop on the elliot bay trail bike path that links magnolia to the north end of the piers downtown. it's a goreous ride along the waterfront, giving you a spectacular feel of what it means to live on the puget sound. good bikeshare pickup location: walk 5 blocks north, you typically find bikes on 20th or 21st ave w. bike trail: elliot bay trail. go south along the balmer railroad yard, then hug the shoreline on 16th ave w and pedal thru elliot bay park, centennial park and myrtle edwards park

Lisa
LisaLives in Seattle

Public transit schedules If you plan to take public transit here, i recommend using google maps for transit schedules and also the app one bus away for real time tracking of pickup times. both are free and easy to use.

Isaac
IsaacLives in Seattle

There is limited public transport so it is advised to bring your own car Just one or two routes from one town to another town so you cannot depend on public transport. yes you can use uber or lyft if you want to.

Shahbaz
ShahbazLives in Seattle

What should I not miss?

Snowy candy cane lane from thanksgiving until christmas day If you're in town during the holidays check out candy cane lane at the bellevue square mall. it's a sight to behold and an elaborate experience both kids and adults will remember forever!

LaCooVs
LaCooVsLives in Seattle

Take a trip on a ferry! There are a bunch of little islands in the seattle area, and ferries can take you to them in a short amount of time. i recommend going to bainbridge island for a quick bite. (you can walk to the tiny downtown from the ferry terminal.)

Patty
PattyLives in Seattle

How can I save money on this trip?

Free museum days Always free: -center for wooden boats -frye art museum museum of flight: first thursdays, 5-9pm free all day on first thursdays: -burke museum of natural history and culture -northwest african american museum -seattle asian art museum -seattle art museum (sam)

Susie & Mike
Susie & MikeLives in Seattle

What are some local customs?

Island life Remember you are not in a major metropolitan area, the immediacy of things is not the same. this relates to taxis & spontaneous travel. if you are without a car you may need to book transportation ahead to secure it for flights & connections via the ferry. town is very walkable from the house, as is the ferry but if you do so at night you will need a flashlight. we have power outages in the winter due to wind storms this effects all of us again, we are an island not on the grid. this will sometimes interrupt internet, electricity etc. to experience the beauty of island living these are the trade offs. we are available to help & answer questions & the guidebook lists suggested places as well as phone numbers for services.

Tamah
TamahLives in Seattle

Your guide to Seattle

All About Seattle

Sandwiched between the waters of Puget Sound and Lake Washington and between the mountains of the Olympic and Cascade ranges, Seattle is a city of stunning views. Combining that allure with its gentle, outdoors-focused lifestyle, the city is an ideal spot for an urban getaway or as a base for a longer trip to explore western Washington. Green parks and tree-lined neighborhoods spread across the city, while Mount Rainier and the iconic Space Needle anchor the skyline. The latter offers a stunning view of the city’s many hills and waterways, including the houseboats along Lake Union and the ferries shuttling passengers across Elliott Bay. Though its surroundings provide a stunning backdrop, the city also lives up to its much-deserved reputation for great music, strong coffee, and ubiquitous flannel shirts.


How do I get around Seattle?

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) sits just south of downtown Seattle, a quick half-hour drive without traffic — though that rarely happens — and receives domestic and international flights from major carriers. The smaller Paine Field (PAE) is about equally far north of the city, but offers only a small slate of destinations around the West Coast. Visitors looking to get out of Seattle into the surrounding area should plan to rent a car, but those staying within the city will find the light-rail system whisks them quickly from the airport to downtown and beyond, while public buses, streetcars, taxis, and rideshares make it easy to get around town.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Seattle?

Seattle’s reputation for rain precedes it, but most visitors will find their trip unaffected by it: The rainy season runs opposite tourist season, with the bulk of precipitation coming down from November to March. Additionally, the rain that does fall rarely comes in stormy sheets, but rather in a constant drizzle — the kind that can feel endless to residents, but which rarely calls for canceling outdoor plans. A waterproof, hooded rain jacket provides better protection from this kind of rain than an umbrella. Cool weather arrives in winter, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing during the day. The dry summer season brings delightfully pleasant weather, with daily high temperatures averaging in the high 70s Fahrenheit and cool evenings in the mid-50s.


What are the top things to do in Seattle?

Fremont

The self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe” epitomizes the quirky, friendly nature of Seattle neighborhoods, with its ample public art like the “Waiting for the Interurban” statues and a waterfront park created from a former gasification plant. Home to many of Seattle’s big tech companies, Fremont also offers an exciting slate of shops and restaurants catering to young, hip crowds.

Olympic Sculpture Park

The outdoor arm of the Seattle Art Museum, this free nine-acre, multilevel public park features temporary and permanent sculptures from internationally renowned artists. The installations dot a hillside cut through by a zig-zag path that leads down to the picturesque Elliott Bay, where it meets up with Myrtle Edwards Park and the Elliott Bay Trail.

Pike Place Market

Dating back to 1907, Seattle’s beloved and enormous market, perched over the waterfront, enjoys fame around the world for the fish from nearby waters. But the colorful displays of flowers, farm stands full of fruit, and dozens of local culinary producers deserve equally high billing. On the lesser-known lower floors and outer buildings, hundreds of craft artists, small businesses, and restaurants serve the community.

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