The Seattle area has been inhabited for at least 4,000 years,but European settlement began only in the mid-19th century. The first permanent white settlers—Arthur A. Denny and those subsequently known as the Denny Party—arrived November 13, 1851. Early settlements in the area were called "New York-Alki" ("Alki" meaning "by and by" in the local Chinook Jargon) and "Duwamps". In 1853, Doc Maynard suggested that the main settlement be renamed "Seattle", an anglicized rendition of the name of Sealth, the chief of the two local tribes. Seattle's official nickname is the "Emerald City" because of the lush evergreen trees in the surrounding area.
Population: Seattle: 539,700, Metro area: 3,249,700, Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, 3,365,139.
Land Area: 83.87 square miles
Flight times: Chicago-3.5 hrs, London-9 hrs, N.Y.-5 hrs, Los Angeles-2.5 hrs, Miami-6 hrs, Tokyo-9.5 hrs
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March: 60°f / 42°f
June: 73°f / 54°f
September: 65°f / 49°f
December: 47°f / 36°f
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the main gateway to western Washington State. City Center to Seattle-Tacoma Int’l Airport: 25 minutes.
General info www.portseattle.org/seatac.
Metro (buses and general public transportation): (206) 553-3000.
Greater Seattle traffic conditions www.wsdot.wa.gov/PugetSoundTraffic
The Seattle Center Monorail: operates Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-11 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9 am-11 pm (206) 441-6038
Washington State Ferries (www.pan.ci.seattle.wa.us): (206) 464-6400.
Taxis: $2.50 upon entering, $2 for every mile.
Orange Cabs (206) 522-8800
Seattle Taxi (206) 709-2003
The Seattle Aquarium (www.seattleaquarium.org): 1483 Alaskan Way Seattle, (206) 386-4300. Open daily 9 am-5:30 pm. Admission: Adults-$15, Youth-$10.
Seattle Art Museum (www.seattleartmuseum.org): 1300 1st Ave Seattle, (206) 654-3100. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm, Thursday-Friday 10 am-9 pm. Admission: Adults-$20, Seniors-$17, Students and Youth-$14, Children 12 & under-free.
Space Needle (www.spaceneedle.com): 400 Broad St Seattle, (206) 905-2100. Open daily 9 am-12 am. "Vertical voyage" admission: Adults-$16, Seniors-$14, Active Military-$7, Youth-$8.
Woodland Park Zoo and Museum of Flight (www.zoo.org): 5500 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, (206) 285-8646.
Argosy Cruises (argosycruises.com): Pier 55 Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 623-1445
Boeing Everett Factory Tours (www.boeing.com): The largest building in the world by volume (Guinness Book of World Records); it encloses 472 million cubic feet of space. Its footprint covers 98.3 acres (39.8 hectares) and houses assembly for Boeing wide-body aircraft.
9, 10, and 11 am and 1, 2 and 3 pm. Tickets sold for same day use only beginning at 8:30 am (October - May) or 8 am (June - September) until sold out. Admission: Children & Seniors-$3, Adults-$5.
Frye Art Museum (www.fryeart.org): 704 Terry Avenue, (206) 622-9250. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm, Thursday 10 am - 9 pm.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (www.washington.edu/burkemuseum): 17th Ave NE at NE 45th St Seattle, (206) 543-5590. Open 10am-5pm seven days a week, Thursday evenings until 8pm. Requested donation: Adults-$5.50, Seniors-$4, Student-$2.50.
The 5th Avenue Theatre (www.5thavenuetheatre.org): 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, (206) 625-1418.
Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers (osscs.org): 1305 Fourth Avenue, Suite 402, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 682-5208.
Seattle Asian Art Museum:1400 E. Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98112.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum: $3. general admission. Children under 12 free (when accompanied by an adult). The first Thursday and Saturday of every month is free for general admission. Also, every first Friday of the month is free to Seniors.
Seattle Museum of Flight: W Corner of Boeing Field, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, (206) 764-5720.
The world's history of aviation plus dozens of full-size aircraft flying in formation six stories above. Watch prop planes and jumbo jets come and go at Boeing Field from our hands-on air traffic control tower exhibit.
The Museum Store opens during regular gallery hours. Museum admission is not required, and sales proceeds support the Museum.
Seattle Center (www.seattlecenter.com): 305 Harrison St., Seattle WA. Over 20 acres of landscaped areas with gardens, plazas, fountains, and sculptures. Home of the three major performing arts organizations in Seattle. The Center is located in the heart of Seattle but accessible to parking.
Seattle Center House: the center for restaurants and shopping.
Open Monday-Saturday 11 am - 8 pm, Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm. (206) 684-7200
Pike Place Market (www.pikeplacemarket.org): 85 Pike Street, Room 500; Seattle, (206) 682-7453. Founded on August 17, 1907, as an attempt to bring farmers and consumers together. The experiment succeeded beyond expections and became a Seattle institution.
Washington Park Arboretum (depts.washington.edu): 2300 Arboretum Dr E Seattle, (206) 543-8800. Open from dawn to dusk. Free admission. Japanese garden admission: General-$5.