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About Seattle

The seaport city of Seattle is nestled between Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Populated by over 686,000 residents, Seattle is the largest city in the state of Washington. Previously home to a thriving shipping industry, Seattle is also the birthplace of grunge and jazz music. Popular attractions include the Space Needle, Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum.

Discover the intriguing history and charming atmosphere of the city with cheap flights to Seattle! Seattle is home to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), a 20-minute drive from town.

Why visit Seattle

sightseeing

Sightseeing

Take in the city’s history and modern accomplishments. From underground tours and boat trips, to Boeing tours and culinary excursions exploring the best of Seattle’s food scene, let the city take you on an adventure of discovery!

historic districts

Historic Districts

Experience the Seattle of the 1800s with guided tours exploring the downtown areas, rich in architectural gems. Pioneer Square and Chinatown are just some of the neighbourhoods bursting with an eclectic medley of culture and heritage.

arts and culture

Arts and Culture

Aside from Seattle’s creative savoury combinations, it is home to some top-notch museums and art galleries. Sprouting legends like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Seattle’s music and theatre scene is vibrant and innovative.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar ($)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT – 08:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Seattle

The perfect time to visit ‘’The Emerald City” is during the lovely autumn months of September and October. The city is abuzz with sunny skies and exciting festivals, minus the summer crowds and exorbitant prices. Be sure to pack an umbrella and a few warm layers, just in case! Spring (March-May) is also a favourable time to take advantage of bargain accommodation; however, the icy Pacific winds and heavier rainfall may deter you from exploring the outdoors. Summer is the popular season, with throngs of visitors queueing up for the city’s attractions between June and August. If you’re a winter sport fan, Mount Rainier will delight you with its ski slopes between November and February, when there is a quiet lull over the city with fantastic hotel deals.

Weather & Climate in Seattle

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 2°C 3°C 3°C 5°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 13°C 11°C 8°C 4°C 3°C
High °C 7°C 10°C 11°C 14°C 18°C 21°C 24°C 24°C 21°C 15°C 10°C 8°C
Rainfall (mm) 151 105 94 63 42 39 21 30 45 88 146 145

Seattle’s laidback atmosphere and diverse culture are complemented by its flourishing arts scene, history, hub of activities and, no doubt… its exceptional coffee. Home of corporate giants like Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks, Seattle is the cultural and business capital of the Pacific Northwest.

Fondly nicknamed ‘’The Emerald City’’, Seattle is sprinkled with abundant evergreen trees and urban parks, most popularly Discovery Park. The ski slopes of majestic Mount Rainier are just a hop away for adventure-seekers. Other popular outdoor pursuits include hiking, cycling, paddle-boarding and kayaking.

History-lovers must visit Pioneer Square – the historic heart of the city. Experience the Yukon gold rush and old city streets with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, while the Victorian buildings affirm the neighbourhood’s architectural character. The iconic Space Needle is adjacent to Chihuly Garden and Glass, boasting impressive glass-blown art pieces. Don’t miss the Olympic Sculpture Park filled with oversized artworks. Maritime enthusiasts can observe the boat traffic and engineering at Ballard Locks.

The Seattle waterfront is lined with a string of piers, the Seattle Aquarium and the Great Wheel, boasting fantastic views of the city. Grab a craft beer or signature coffee and peruse Pike Place Market for some fresh treats and novel souvenirs.

Whether it's food, art, theatre or music, this multi-talented city is out to impress.

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A United States Tourist Visa is required for South Africans travelling anywhere within the United States. You’ll need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and that there are at least 2 pages free for stamps. Visa processing can take a few months, so leave plenty of time and ensure you have all the required documents.

For further information, see the Embassy website

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are located in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Seattle is a relatively safe city but, like all large cities, general awareness and safety precautions should be exercised at all times. Keep an eye out in the areas of University District, Lake City Way, and the stretch between Westlake Center and Pike Place Market, particularly at night. Despite a number of homeless people occupying certain neighbourhoods, visitors should feel perfectly safe and welcome in Seattle.

It is always recommended to take out travel insurance, in the event of unforeseeable theft and medical expenses.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Seattle
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R90.00 R100.00 R198.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R22.00 R20.00 R66.00
Cappuccino (regular) R19.00 R20.00 R52.00
Taxi 1km (normal tarriff) R10.00 R12.00 R22.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R35.00 R35.00 R129.00
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