Best Times to Visit Seattle
The best time to visit Seattle is from September to November. Summer marks the city's high season, meaning room rates rise and availability drops; however, winter weather can deter even the most avid sightseer. Early fall, however, is a sweet spot for tourism: Summer weather lingers as the crowds disperse, leaving plenty of hotel rooms (and lower rates) up for grabs. Just remember to pack for chilly winds and yes, the seemingly ever-present drizzle.
Spring is a great time for bargain hunting, as many of the hotels have yet to raise their rates for the summer tourist season. However, be prepared for biting Pacific winds and yes, rain. Average springtime temps range from 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but chilly breezes can make it feel much colder. Pack a few warmer layers, just in case.
This is the most popular time to visit. Temperatures rest at a comfortable 75 degrees, and the threat of rain is much less prevalent. (Despite the promise of mild weather, consider bringing a light jacket just in case of chilly winds.) However, you won't be the only one hoping to score some time in the Emerald City. Be prepared for inflated hotel rates and limited availability — in fact, you should make your reservations at least several weeks in advance to ensure the best prices.
This is the best time to head to Seattle: The weather is still mild and the summer crowds have returned home, leaving behind plenty of unfilled, bargain-priced rooms. Plus, an abundance of autumn festivals makes a fall visit exciting. Average fall temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees, depending on the month, while the amount of rainfall increases as winter nears, so remember to pack some warmer clothes and an umbrella.
Despite rampant hotel deals, winter is not a great time for sightseeing in Seattle. Average temperatures hover in the 30s and 40s in December and January, and rainfall is abundant. However, if you like winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, Seattle makes a great home base for trips to Mount Si and Mount Rainier.