Sure, Seattle’s summers are famous for good reason; the sun is shining, the days are long, and the temperature’s just about perfect. But did you know that Fall is widely regarded as one of the best times to visit Seattle? It’s true.
According to this U.S. News article, this is because most of the summer crowd has left, although much of the summer’s mild weather will stick around for at least a little while longer. As a result, hotel room rates are typically lower beginning in September and ending in November, which allows you to get a great rate while still staying in the middle of all the action.
With this in mind, we here at Starline thought it would be a good idea to outline 3 of the top attractions to see when you visit Seattle in the Fall. So without further ado, here they are:
The Return of the Salmon
Seattle is known far and wide for its high-quality salmon, and Fall is the time of year when they return to the region en masse. It’s a breathtaking phenomena, and we here at Starline couldn’t recommend it more highly.
One of the best places in the Seattle area to watch the salmon return is at Issaquah Creek, where you can take a self-guided tour, or have one of the trained docents from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) do all the guidework for you. Tours are only available twice daily (11am and 1pm) between September 13 and November 16, and Starline is happy to drop you off, pick you up, and whisk you off to your next destination.
It’s Harvest Time!
Fall in the Pacific Northwest represents harvest time, so it’s a great opportunity to get your family involved in all the fun!
First, you can start off at Remlinger Farms, which has evolved over the years from a small farm and a single fruit stand into an activity-filled park for kids of all ages. Here, you and your family can browse the growing fields and pick your own pumpkins. If you’re around during Halloween time, your family can then visit the Woodland Park Zoo for the Pumpkin Bash Trick-or-Treating event!
Then, if you’re still in the mood for picking, head on over to some of the Seattle area’s best places to go apple picking. Some orchards even have guided tours, so you can get the most out of the experience!
Finally, after you’ve had your fill of picking fresh produce, go burn off the last of your energy at one of the Seattle area’s corn mazes!
Fall Foliage: Reds & Yellows & Oranges, Oh My!
Because Washington is known as the “Evergreen State,” it’s fairly obvious that we can’t hold a candle to some other parts of the country when it comes to Fall foliage. However, the areas that do burst with color this time of year can provide a jaw-dropping contrast to the deep green hues found throughout the Seattle area.
With this said, some of the best locations for viewing Fall foliage in Seattle are the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Discovery Park, the Washington Arboretum, and Lincoln Park. If you’re looking to extend your Fall foliage viewing outside of the Seattle metropolitan region, Starline can arrange to drive you around to other foliage hotspots such as the Mount Baker Byway, Leavenworth, and even Mount Rainier if you’re feeling especially adventurous.
Quick Tips for Visiting Seattle in the Fall
Here are a couple tips if you plan on visiting Seattle during the Fall:
- Bring clothes that can be layered. During the Fall, days can start off bright, sunny, and warm but can quickly turn drizzly with cold wind gusts in no time flat (or vice-versa). As such, you’ll want to be prepared when the weather inevitably changes.
- Speaking of drizzly weather: Fall is generally when some of Seattle’s infamous rain begins returning, so you’ll probably want to pack an umbrella along with a light change of clothes. Alternately, you could instantly become a Seattle native by refusing to use an umbrella, regardless of how hard it’s raining!
Who Can You Count on When You Visit Seattle?
Regardless of when you choose to visit the amazingly fantastic city of Seattle or what you plan to do while you’re here, Starline Town Car & Limousine can take care of all your transportation needs. All you need to do is make an online reservation or call us at (206) 261-1191, tell us when you’ll be here, and we’ll take care of the rest. Because at Starline, we really do make it that easy!