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Best Times to Visit Seattle

The best time to visit Seattle is from September to October. 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 lodging 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.

Weather in Seattle

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

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-October

This is the best time to head to Seattle if you're a bargain hunter: The weather is still mild and the summer crowds have departed, leaving behind plenty of unfilled, discounted hotel rooms. Plus, an abundance of autumn festivals makes for an exciting fall visit. Average temperatures range from 40 to 70 degrees, depending on the month, while precipitation increases as winter nears, so pack some warm clothes and an umbrella.

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November-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 Rainier or the Cascade Range.

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Popular Times to Visit Seattle

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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