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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, while cold winter weather can deter even the most avid sightseers. 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. Meanwhile, spring offers lower hotel rates as well as warmer temps, but you'll likely encounter some rain and cooler breezes. Just remember to pack the appropriate attire to battle chilly winds and yes, the seemingly ever-present drizzle.

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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.

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June-August

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.

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September-November

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 temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees, depending on the month, while the amount of precipitation increases as winter nears, so remember to pack some warmer clothes and an umbrella.

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December-February

Hotel deals run rampant, but winter is not a great time for sightseeing in Seattle. Average temperatures hover in the 30s and 40s in December and January, and rainfall (and sometimes snowfall) 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.

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