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Getting around
Buses are run by Metro Transit (metro.kingcounty.gov; £1.25). Seattle Street Car operates from Westlake Centre to Lake Union (seattlestreetcar.org; £1.55). The monorail runs from downtown to Seattle Centre (seattlemonorail.com; £2.50). Taxis are readily available.

When to go
Seattle has mild, wet winters and dry summers that peak at 25°C. Visit in July and August for the huge Seafair water festival, which features hydroplane races, a torchlight parade and carnival (seafair.com).

How to go
British Airways flies from Heathrow to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (from £790; ba.com). Other UK services fly via Heathrow or US cities. Gray Line’s Airport Express bus drops passengers at a choice of eight downtown hotels (£7; graylineseattle.com) and Metro buses 194 and 174 also head to the area (£1.25; metro.kingcounty.gov;). A taxi costs £25.

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The article ‘Mini guide to Seattle, Washington’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Magazine.

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