Make the Most of Your Time in Seattle

Holiday Happenings in Seattle

Whether this is your first time staying in your Seattle vacation rental home, or you’re a seasoned Emerald City visitor, it’s always good to be in the know.

Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau and local newspapers offer a bevy of information and tips that can make every trip, first or thirty-first, even better.

Know Before You Go
Before your trip begins check out Seattle’s CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau) website to get a feel for what the weather will be like and events going on during your trip. The site also offers a variety of maps, including downtown Seattle, neighborhoods, and other visitor-friendly locations. You can download the maps and save them or print them out if you like a more tactile approach. Heighten the pre-trip excitement by sending away for a free visitors’ packet.

Customize Your Trip
While your vacation rental home is super comfortable and accommodating, Seattle makes it easy to get out there and fully enjoy your time in this great city.

Hop on the Visit Seattle website and search for your favorite activities, or regions you want to explore. Whether it’s a tour of Seattle’s iconic coffee scene, outdoor adventures, or simply sightseeing, there’s info here to help you maximize your time in Seattle.

Seattle pi (Seattle post-Intelligencer) is a news and media website that has an easy to follow visitor’s guide. Simply click on the comprehensive list of ideas and they highlight some local favorites. The well-respected Seattle Times has a guide to Seattle and a variety of articles to help make your trip perfect.

Getting Around Seattle
Seattle has an affordable and easy to navigate public transportation system. The Metro public bus system is one of the most extensive and highly-praised in the nation. The Metro website makes it easy to find routes, maps, and fare information. Want to roam downtown Seattle? The South Lake Union Streetcar and the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system, Seattle Center Monorail can ferry you around in style.

As with any large city, parking is sometimes a premium. If you’re renting a car, Seattle’s Department of Transportation offers these tips for pay stations. Pay stations accept most credit and debit cards and parking times are listed for easy reference.

By doing a bit of research online before you go, you’ll feel like you’ve got a local friend showing you the best of the Emerald City.

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