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Welcome to Seattle!

Seattle Skyline

Seattle is an exciting and fast growing urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. The city, located on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland; thus its nickname, “Emerald City.” Seattle has 148 miles of fresh water and 53 miles of salt water shoreline. It is Washington State’s largest city and home to a large tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon headquartered in its metropolitan area. Seattle is a major hub of science and technology, and is home to more than 25 major research institutions, including the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Institute for Systems Biology to name a few. It is also home to the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing and the world’s largest chain of coffee houses, Starbucks. The Space Needle is its most iconic landmark.

Seattle is characterized by highly sophisticated, tech-savvy, free-spirited, historic, creative and eclectic neighborhoods, each of which has a distinct personality. From the bustling urban core to quiet waterside communities, quaint historic districts to high-energy centers for nightlife, everyone will find a place to belong in Seattle. Seattle is also one of the most sustainable big cities in the U.S., with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

The climate in Seattle is very pleasant and moderate especially during the months of June-Sept. Summers are generally dry and sunny with daytime high temperatures in the 70-80 F (21-27 ºC) range with low humidity. Average daylight during June spans about 16 hours.

Visit a Museum

Seattle is home to many superb museums within walking distance from the Convention Center, including the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Pacific Science Center, Museum of History and Industry (Mohai), Klondike Gold Rush Museum and many others. Click here to learn more.

Get a Seattle Citypass

Seattle CityPASS includes admission to: Space Needle Day/Night, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, MoPOP Museum OR Woodland Park Zoo, and Pacific Science Center OR Chihuly Garden & Glass.

Visit citypass.com for more information and to purchase booklets or printable vouchers.

Plan a day trip

View options and inspirations for day trips to enjoy before or after the conference by clicking here. Visit Mount Regnier, Bainbridge Island, Snoqualmie Falls Mount St. Helens, and lots more.

Food Tours

There are many guided food and drink tours to take throughout Seattle to explore the city’s culinary diversity. Click here to learn more.

And more…

Seattle has everything from arts & cultural sites, to outdoor hikes and adventures, and more. Click here for more information to help plan your perfect Seattle experience.