Seattle Flights:

Flights to Seattle

image of SeattleSeattle is a large city in the state of Washington and is in fact the largest city in the area known as the Pacific Northwest. It is a popular city with a picturesque backdrop of mountains both to the east and the west and is the home of Starbucks coffee, Microsoft and as well as being considered the birth place of grunge music!

There are many airlines with flights from South Africa to Seattle. From Johannesburg you can choose from either a one or two stop flight. One stop flights are available with United Airlines, Lufthansa, Delta and British Airways, flying via Washington, Frankfurt, Atlanta or London. Airlines which have two stop flights are South African Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, BMI and American Airlines.

You can also get flights from Cape Town to Seattle. Delta, SAA, United Airlines, Lufthansa and BMI all offer two stop flights, and British Airways has a one stop flight.

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The Tourist Attractions of Seattle:

Being a large city, unless you’re visiting Seattle for a week or more you’re unlikely to get to see all of it. A good place to start then might be on a city tour and there are a number of these available. Three companies offer extended tours of Seattle for a more comprehensive view of the city – these are Gray Line, Seattle Tours and Beeline Tours. Prices and durations vary. The Seattle Tours one is 3 hours long and covers a distance of 50 miles. Gray Line has three different tour lengths so you can decide which is best for you and Beeline’s tour is a 3 hour long one.

The most recognisable landmark in Seattle is the Space Needle, and though this is top of many visitors places to visit it’s not actually the tallest building in Seattle! The observation deck is at a height of 520 feet and there is a revolving restaurant just below this. The elevators reach the top in just 43 seconds. The views from the top are spectacular, though if it’s a great view you’re looking for you would be better off visiting Columbia Center, the tallest building in Seattle. The benefit with this is that getting to the top is cheaper than the Space Needle, there are less crowds and the view is better!

Seattle has a number of good museums and art museums. For contemporary art lovers, the Henry Art Gallery is quite large and enjoyable. On a smaller scale, try the Frye Art Museum which contains just a small private collection.

With Seattle’s link to the aircraft company Boeing, there are several museums and places of interest where you can discover more about aviation. The Museum of Flight has a large collection of air and space craft including a Concorde. If you are interested in Boeing, there is a tour which takes in the Flight of Aviation Center and Boeing, where you get to see where Boeing’s famous planes are made and the world’s largest building (in cubic volume).

Seattle is also well known for its parks and large open, green spaces. The fact that the city is so green is down to its climate (see below), and it is a great place for people who like to be outdoors, despite the rain! Outdoor places within the city include the Olympic Sculpture Park, Myrtle Edwards Park and the Waterfront area, and of course not far away you have both the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier National Park is 2.5 hours drive so is good for a day trip or more.

When Should You Visit?:

As mentioned, Seattle is quite a wet city, though rather than having heavy rain it’s commonly drizzle! The climate is generally mild all year round though. August is the hottest month with an average high of 24C (76F). December and January are the coolest months with an average high of 8C (46F). November, December and January are the wettest months though.

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