When you deplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you’ll be in the city of SeaTac—almost equidistant between Seattle and Tacoma. Hop on the light rail train, a regional train, a bus, or rent a car to have the most freedom to explore both of these cities during your visit.
If you travel north from the airport, you’ll find yourself in Seattle, the Emerald City. Seattle is a can’t-miss destination for lovers of arts and culture, the birthplace of music genres, and the home of over 20 live theatre venues and one of the country’s most renowned arts districts. Consider starting your exploration in Pioneer Square with art galleries, author readings, landmark buildings, and beloved restaurants. Then explore the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle Center, one of the only institutions of its kind dedicated to pop music. While at Seattle Center, make sure to summit everyone’s favorite symbol of Seattle: the Space Needle. The focal point of the 1962 World’s Fair, the Space Needle’s most recent renovations have given the landmark two distinct sky decks—a glass-floor experience and an open-air area.
If you leave the airport and head south, you’ll be in the City of Destiny—Tacoma. The western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, Tacoma takes its name from the original, Native name for Mount Rainier and was a bustling port and industrial city in its early life. Since its revitalization beginning in the 1990s, Tacoma has become a thriving modern city full of culture, walkable neighborhoods, and nods to its storied past. While you visit, consider exploring the Museum District, including the Museum of Glass (and the Bridge of Glass connecting it to the rest of the district), the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Washington State History Museum.
See what you’ll discover on your visit to Seattle/Tacoma—start by booking a cheap flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Southwest Airlines flies there often, which makes it easy to plan your next visit to Emerald City or Grit City. Of course, having a memorable trip to the Pacific Northwest is about more than finding deals on flights to Seattle/Tacoma. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight.
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Things to do in Seattle/Tacoma.
- Discovery Park
- Gas Works Park
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
- Pacific Northwest Ballet
- Seattle Cinerama
- Seattle Symphony Orchestra
- Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
- Living Computer Museum
- Northwest African American Museum