Seattle SEA: Seattle, Washington, USA

Explore Seattle, Washington, USA; A remarkable city, Seattle, Washington, is a complex metropolitan area perched on the edge of a continent and forging much of the technological future of the world


This web helps you explore Seattle, Washington, USA; here, you'll find organized and annotated links to Web sites about Seattle's current conditions, facts, activities, events, places, sports, civic life, media, education, commerce, and reference works. You can view and link to this information in a variety of ways, and your suggestions are welcome. Use the links at the top of this page to navigate and access this information

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See live conditions and views of Seattle

  • Weather: Current weather observations and forecasts
    • Graphic; shows current weather conditions for Seattle
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    • Radar: National Weather Service radar; shows short range base reflectivity radar image for Seattle (weather code KATX)
    • Seattle radar -- click to enlarge
    • Forecast: National Weather Service forecast; Zone Forecast for Seattle, Washington; shows forecast for day and then five days ahead as well as current conditions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    • Satellite: Goestationary infrared image; satellite image for Western United States sector, infrared image; provided by National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept of Commerce
    • Air Quality: Air Quality Index readings; chart shows Air Quality Index values which show air quality in terms of how healthy the air is for most people to breathe; Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
    • Buoys: Northwest USA and Canada Recent Marine Data; map of Pacific off coast of northwest USA with clickable points giving data on buoys and other ocean data sources; National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce
    • Snow: (Seasonal) map of 7-day snowfall in the state; National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept. of Commerce
  • Cams: Live views of Seattle; helpful for finding out about current weather and road conditions
    • Space Needle: from atop the Space Needle; controllable
    • Earthcam: Seattle Cam; shows views from the base of Queen Anne Hill atop the Mar Queen Hotel; views of the Space Needle, Elliott Bay, Downtown Seattle, and the Washington Mountains
    • Traffic: Puget Sound Area Traffic Cameras; map show camera locations; click on map to view; Washington State Department of Transportation
    • Ferry: Colman Dock cams; see the Bainbridge and Bremerton boats coming and going
  • News: News and reports about what's going on in Seattle
    • Google News: Google news search for Seattle; finds news and sports stories about Seattle from a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Bing News: News search for Seattle
    • Yahoo News: Yahoo news search for Seattle; finds news and sports stories containing the word Seattle in a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Topix News: Topix news search for Seattle; local news for Seattle continually updated from thousands of sources on the web
    • Traffic: Real-time traffic map; shows traffic conditions on a map of Puget Sound with color-coded traffic flow; provided Courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation
    • Quakes: Recent Earthquakes in Pacific Northwest; map showing earthquake locations in previous 2 hours, 2 days, and 2 weeks; provided by members of the Advanced National Seismic System: University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Oregon State University Geophysics Group, University of Oregon Department of Geology; financial support is provided by the US Geological Survey, US Department of Energy, and the State of Washington
    • Gas Prices; graphic image showing low and high gas prices; reported by users of Web site


Look up information about Seattle such as maps, facts, and census information

  • Maps: Online mapping services; these allow you to zoom in and out and select specific features to view on the map
    • MapQuest: Seattle map; integration with city Internet guide
    • Yahoo: Seattle map; integrated with Yahoo's Get Local city Internet guides
    • -USA Maps-: More online mapping services; you can use this list of sites to get more maps of the area or specialized maps such as historical, topographic, or satellite imagery
  • Info: Look up basic facts about Seattle from online reference works
    • Almanac: Information Please Almanac; entry for Seattle; gives a page of basic facts about the city, including a general description and current facts
    • Answers: reference search for Seattle; shows reference information for Milwaukee from various sources such as dictionary, encyclopedia, weather, and Wikipedia entry
    • Books: SEA Books; a page presenting books about the city of Seattle
    • Encyclopedia: Information Please Encyclopedia; article about Seattle giving a very brief overview of the city's history
  • Census: Information from the United States Bureau of the Census
    • Seattle: Seattle city; Census 2001, Seattle city, Supplementary Survey Profile of general demographic characteristics
    • PMSA: Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area; 2001 Supplementary Surveys Profile, Seattle--Bellevue--Everett, WA PMSA
    • CMSA: Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA); shows the population breakdown of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, Washington Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) which includes the Seattle-Bellevue-Evertt, Washington Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), and the PMSA's of Bremerton, Olympia, and Tacoma, Washington. These PMSA's are composed of counties
    • King: County QuickFacts
    • Kitsap: County QuickFacts
    • Island: County QuickFacts
    • Snohomish: County QuickFacts

Seattle Living

Find out about things to do and places to see in Seattle


Seattlites take part in many clubs and organizations; activities include interest groups, clubs, hobbies, community centers, organizations, and groups

  • Amateur Radio: Mike and Key Amateur Radio Club; devoted to all aspects of amateur radio operation
  • Art 911: 911 Media Arts Center; supports the expressive use of media tools by providing the access, training and environment needed to create/exhibit works of enduring merit and artistic excellence
  • Astronomy: Seattle Astronomical Society; the observational, educational, and social aspects of amateur astronomy
  • Audubon Soc: Seattle Audubon Society; works to value and protect birds and the natural environment
  • Churches: Church Council of Greater Seattle; Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, volunteers, and religious organizations support the homeless
  • Community Net: Seattle Community Network; Internet services and Web hosting for community organizations; directory of a large number of organizations in an array of categories including activism, arts, civic, education, environment, health, housing, jobs, media, neighborhoods, people, politics, recreation, sci-tech, social services, spirituality, transportation, and volunteers
  • Discovery Inst: Discovery Institute; discovers and promotes ideas in the common sense tradition of representative government, the free market, and individual liberty
  • Environment: ONE/Northwest; provides technology resources and expertise to environmental groups in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho
  • Film: SIFF; Seattle International Film Festival
  • Folk Dancing: Seattle Folk Dancing; information about a variety of folk dancing opportunities in Seattle
  • Folklore: Seattle Folklore Society; preserves and fosters awareness and appreciation of folk and traditional arts in the Seattle area
  • Fun: SEA Fun; a short list of ideas for food, restaurants, and the flavor of Seattle
  • Gardening: Seattle Tilth; helps people garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems
  • Genealogy: Seattle section from; tips from locals about genealogy research spots in Seattle
  • Genealogy Jewish: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State; knowledge and information of Jewish family history
  • Goodwill: Seattle Goodwill; serves Puget Sound communities for education and workforce development programs; helps individuals with barriers to economic opportunity to realize their education and employment goals
  • History: HistoryLink; online encyclopedia of Seattle, King County, and Washington State history; online community history encyclopedia created expressly for the Internet
  • Humane: Humane Society for Seattle/King County; provides resources and support to build lifelong relationships between people and their pets
  • Hunger: Food Lifeline; food distribution center; supplies food banks, meal programs and shelters with food
  • Irish: Irish Heritage Club; organizes and promotes Irish cultural activities in the Seattle area; performances of Irish music, Irish dancing, Irish language, Irish history, Gaelic games, and cultural exchanges with sister city of Galway, Ireland
  • Japan America: Japan-America Society of the State of Washington; builds communication, understanding, and long-lasting relationships between the peoples of Japan and Washington state
  • Jazz: Earshot Jazz; music, arts and service organization formed to support jazz and increase awareness in the community
  • Jewish: Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle; ensure Jewish survival and enhance the quality of Jewish life locally, in Israel, and worldwide
  • Labor: King County Labor Council; central body of labor organizations in King County, Washington
  • Maritime History: Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society; helps people learn about the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest
  • MS: Seattle Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society; voluntary health organization aiming to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis
  • Musicians: Indie Avenue; database of Pacific Northwest musicians, bands and venues
  • La Raza: El Centro de la Raza; community service
  • Red Cross: American Red Cross King & Kitsap; provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies
  • Scouting: Chief Seattle Council Boy Scouts of America; development for young people with opportunities for physical fitness, character and leadership skills
  • Singles: SEA Personals; find your match in Seattle
  • Steam: Northwest Steam Society; steam enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest; steam-powered boats, trains, traction engines, stationary equipment, automobiles, and models
  • Tech Comm: Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication; serves the interests of technical communicators in the Puget Sound Region
  • Unix: Seattle Unix Users Group, also called slug or seaslug; organization of Unix systems administrators, programmers and users
  • Walking: Emerald City Wanderers; people interested in promoting the sports of recreational walking, bicycling, swimming, and other activities; associate with the International Federation of Popular Sports, Evergreen State Volkssport Association of Washington
  • -USA Directories-: Search organization directories; there are hundreds of thousands of organizations, associations, societies, and nonprofits in the US covering many interests; some of these are based in Seattle; these directories help you locate an organization


Seattle is famous for its diverse events year-round

  • Listings: Connect to online calendars and databases; show what's going on and where; see also the venues section for listings of events
    • Live Music: Seattle's live music scene; listings for festivals, music series, artists, clubs, venues
    • Seattle Ctr: Happenings at Seattle Center (where the Space Needle is); concerts, festivals, family, performing arts, sports
    • Times: Seattle Times Arts & Entertainment; guide and listing to events and entertainment in performing arts, movies, restaurants, media, and television
    • UW: University of Washington Seattle; calendar of academic and community events
    • Visitor's: Calendar of Events; from the Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau; complex and difficult to use
  • Performing: Seattle is home to many performing arts and cultural groups
  • Periodic: Seattle has many annual or one-day special events, ongoing summer concert series, and recurring trade shows
    • Bite: Bite of Seattle; food and entertainment festival
    • Boat Show: Seattle Boat Show; annual winter indoor boat show
    • Boats Afloat: Lake Union Boats Afloat Show
    • Bumbershoot: Urban arts festival; at Seattle Center; four day festival with some music and food
    • Central Fest: Central Area Community Festival; music and entertainment
    • Children's Fest: Seattle International Children's Festival
    • Family 4th: Washington Mutual Family Fourth at Lake Union; Independence Day fireworks above the shores of Seattle's Gas Works Park
    • Festa Italiana: Italian culture and events
    • Film Fest: Seattle International Film Festival; presented by Cinema Seattle
    • Folklife: Northwest Folklife Festival; Memorial Day weekend festival
    • Freedom Day: Freedom Day Committee; organizers of the Northwest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March Parade and Rally
    • Fremont Fair: Fremont community festival; music, food, entertainment; raises money to support the homeless with food, shelter, and care
    • HiYu Fest: West Seattle Community festival; Seattle Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach; Miss West Seattle HiYu Scholarship Program; HiYu means "much, plenty, abundance" in Chinook
    • King Co Fair: County fair in Enumclaw, Washington
    • Peace Concerts: Seattle Peace Concerts; free summer park concert series
    • Pista sa Nayon: Filipino-Americans culture
    • Race 4 Cure: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Puget Sound Affiliate Seattle Race for the Cure
    • Scottish Games: Seattle Scottish Highland Games
    • Seafair: Summer festival; hydro races; torchlight parade; triathalon
    • St of Dreams: Seattle Street of Dreams; one-site luxury home and garden tour
    • Summernights: AT&T Wireless Summer Nights at the Pier sponsored by Volkswagen; music series at the Seattle waterfront at Pier 62/63 along Alaskan Way
    • Tet: Vietnamese New Year; Vietnamese culture lunar new year celebration in Seattle


Seattle has many neighborhoods, entertainment venues, museums, and other places with Web sites

  • Sites: Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
    • Album: SEA Album; a collection of images of Seattle's sites and street scenes
    • Aquarium: Seattle Aquarium; displays and education about the aquatic wildlife and habitats of the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest
    • Ballard: Neighborhood of Seattle; known for its Scandinavian heritage and Nordic Museum
    • Chinese Garden: Seattle Chinese Garden Society; classic Chinese garden with plants, architecture, water, and rocks; 2.4 hectares at the north end of the South Seattle Community College campus
    • Discovery Pk: Friends of Discovery Park; defending Discovery Park, an urban forest in the Magnolia Neighborhood of Seattle
    • Downtown: Downtown Seattle Association; promotes the shopping, dining, pro sports, arts, and culture in downtown Seattle
    • Ebey's Landing: Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve; 64 square kilometer historical reserve with a mixture of federal, state, county and private property; preserved for its historic essence; Whidbey Island
    • Farmers Mkts: Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets; direct-sale opportunities for local farmers
    • Forests: Pacific Northwest Region of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service; National Forests, a National Scenic Area, a National Grassland, and two National Volcanic Monuments, within the States of Oregon and Washington
    • Fremont: Neighborhood, self-proclaimed Center of the Universe; information, opinion, business directory
    • Historic: National Register of Historic Places Seattle; shows a list of over three dozen historic sites in Seattle each of which has a brief description and photo
    • Klondike NHP: Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park--Seattle Unit; a small museum showing the role Seattle played in the Klondike Gold Field rush of the 19th century; hopeful miners provisioned themselves in Seattle with food, clothing, equipment, pack animals, and steamship tickets
    • Locks Canal: Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks; canal connecting Lake Union, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound; visitor center; fish ladder
    • Libraries List: area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
    • Library Seattle: Seattle Public Library
    • Library King Co: King County Library System
    • Library Metaphysical: collection of metaphysical and spiritual materials; open to the public; non-affiliated, non-profit resource center; personal transformation; formerly known as the AS-YOU-LIKE-IT Library
    • Mt Rainier NP: Mount Rainier National Park; 950 square kilometers of wilderness, old growth forest, wildflower meadows, National Historic Landmark District, glaciers; includes 4,392-meter active volcano Mt Rainier
    • Neighborhoods: City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods; information about Seattle's neighborhoods
    • Neighborhood Link: searchable directory of neighborhoods and clubs; find local neighborhood, club, and organization information
    • Neighborhood Profiles: Neighborhood profiles; maps and profiles of Seattle neighborhoods from
    • N Cascades NP: North Cascades National Park Service Complex and Skagit River Watershed; 2,769 square kilometers; peaks, glaciers; North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas
    • NW Seaport: Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center; preservation and interpretation of the maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Northwest Coast; maritime educational programs
    • Olympic NP: Olympic National Park; old-growth forest wilderness; 3,700 square kilometers of wilderness, temperate rain forest, rivers, mountains, seashore, biota, and sites of historic and archeological significance
    • Pac Science Ctr: Pacific Science Center; appreciation of science, mathematics and technology through interactive exhibits and programs
    • Parks King Co: King County Parks and Recreation
    • Parks Seattle: Seattle Parks and Recreation
    • Parks WA: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission; over 1,000 square kilometers of parklands all over Washington, many near Seattle and Puget Sound
    • Pike Place Mkt: Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority; provides information about the Pike Place Public Market and events; Pike Place Market images: entrance, Rachel the pig, fish
    • Pioneer Sq: Pioneer Square; twenty city blocks downtown of historic buildings, galleries, retail, and nightlife; Pioneer Square Community Association
    • San Juan NHP: San Juan Island National Historical Park; 7 square kilometers on San Juan Island
    • Seattle Ctr: Multi-use civic center; where the space needle is; entertainment, tourism, displays, special events, festivals, monorail station; basketball and hockey; KeyArena, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, Fisher Pavilion, Exhibition Hall, Northwest Rooms, Grounds & Mural Ampitheatre, Seattle Center Pavilion, Center House
    • Skyscrapers: skyscrapers of Seattle; shows information about major office and other buildings
    • Space Needle: 222 meter tower; observation tower in Seattle Center; built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition in Seattle; now an icon symbolic of Seattle itself
    • Visitor's Bureau: Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau; official tourist information
    • W Sea Junction: West Seattle Junction; business district of West Seattle neighborhood at the intersection of Alaska Avenue and California Avenue
    • Zoo Pt Defiance: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium; overlooking Puget Sound
    • Zoo Woodland: Woodland Park Zoo; 26 hectares of exhibits and public spaces
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • Bell Harbor Ctr: Bell Harbor International Conference Center; 9,290 square meters of waterfront meeting and banquet space
    • Behnke Ctr: Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance; two theaters; a 350 to 500 seat Mainstage Theater and a 100-seat Studio Theater
    • Broadway Hall: Broadway Performance Hall; theatre, dance, music, film
    • Convention Ctr: Washington State Convention & Trade Center; downtown convention center
    • Fifth Ave Theater: Historic theater; 5th Avenue Theatre Association; performing arts; the American Musical
    • Kenyon Hall: Performing arts hall; formerly Hokum Hall
    • KeyArena: Sports and entertainment; at Seattle Center; Sonics basketball; seats 17,072 for basketball; formerly called Seattle Center Coliseum
    • Meany Theater: Hall for the Performing Arts; University of Washington, Seattle
    • Paramount Theater: Historic theater; dance, music, film, theatre and arts education; home of Paramount's Mighty Wurlitzer unique pipe organ; Moore Theater
    • Safeco Field: Home of the Seattle Mariners professional baseball team; first game July 15, 1999; moveable roof
    • Seattle Ctr: Multi-use civic center; where the space needle is; venues: KeyArena, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, Fisher Pavilion, Exhibition Hall, Northwest Rooms, Grounds & Mural Ampitheatre, Seattle Center Pavilion, Center House
    • Century Link Field: Home of the Seattle Seahawks professional football team; and exhibition center; formerly known as Seahawks Stadium, Qwest Field
    • Town Hall: Community culture center; on First Hill; music, arts and humanities, civic discourse, and world culture programming; historic Roman-revival-style building
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in Seattle
    • Apartments: Apartment Insider; Seattle apartments, condos, townhomes or rental houses
    • Apartments Seattle: Apartments in Seattle
    • Bed & Breaks: Seattle Bed and Breakfast Association; association of independently owned, inspected, and professionally operated Bed and Breakfast Inns located close to downtown Seattle and the Pike Place Market
    • Lodging Guide: Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • 1st Sea Hotels: Discount hotels; book a property near the center of Seattle or on the outskirt of the town, Bellevue, Renton or Kent
    • Rentals: Seattle Rentals; apartments, condos or rental houses
    • Seattle Reps: Seattle Real Estate Professionals; helps consumers identify and evaluate real estate professionals; real estate agents, home inspection, mortgage
    • Seattle Listings: Multiple Listing Service; real estate listings in Washington
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in Seattle
    • Seattle Dining: Guide to restaurants in Puget Sound
    • Seattle Times: Restaurants; reviews and guide from daily newspaper
    • Seattle Weekly: Food section from local magazine
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes educational activities related to displays of objects related to art, history, culture, nature, or science; museums function to acquire, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects
    • Art SAM: Seattle Art Museum; downtown art museum; noted Asian, African, Northwest Coast Native American, modern art, and European painting and decorative arts
    • Art Bellevue: Bellevue Arts Museum; craft and design; emphasis on regional craft artists; plenty of free parking
    • Art CoCA: Center on Contemporary Art; new and experimental artwork; on Capitol Hill between Pike and Union
    • Art Frye: Frye Art Museum; representational art; emphasis on painting and sculpture from the nineteenth century to the present; on First Hill above downtown Seattle
    • Art Henry: Henry Art Gallery; art museum of the University of Washington; modern and contemporary art
    • Art Kirkland: Kirkland Arts Center; serves Eastside arts community; classes, workshops, gallery exhibits and special events in a historic building
    • Art MoNA: Museum of Northwest Art; art of the Pacific Northwest; Benaroya Glass Gallery
    • Asian: Wing Luke Asian Museum; Asian Pacific American culture, art, and history
    • Childrens: Children's Museum Seattle; offers interactive exhibits; in Center House in Seattle Center
    • Communications: Museum of Communications; formerly called the Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum; presents the history of the telephone and central office switches; sponsored by Charles B. Hopkins Chapter 30 of the TelecommPioneers, formerly called the Telephone Pioneers of America
    • EMP: Experience Music Project; interactive music museum; exhibits as well as live music performances; explores American popular music
    • Flight: Museum of Flight; air and space museum at Boeing Field; displays of aircraft, aircraft assemblies, and artifacts; Champlin Fighter Collection of historic (many WWI and WWII) aircraft; Mercury space capsule; former Air Force One (Eisenhower); SR-71 Blackbird cockpit; F/A-18 cockpit; 737 fuselage; 747 prototype; the Red Barn, the headquarters of the original Boeing Airplane Company
    • MOHAI: Seattle Museum of History & Industry; history of Seattle and King County
    • Hydroplane & Raceboats: Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum; powerboat racing; vintage hydroplane boats spanning seven decades, including boats that have won Gold Cups
    • Log House: Log House Museum; the history of the Duwamish Peninsula and the birthplace of Seattle
    • Maritime CWB: Center for Wooden Boats; maritime museum; boat restoration; boat rentals; sailing classes; on the south end of Lake Union
    • Maritime NWSeaport: Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center; maritime heritage of Puget Sound and the Northwest Coast; south end of Lake Union
    • Maritime Event Ctr: Maritime Event Center; an interactive nautical museum with exhibits that provide a distinctive setting for events on Seattle's waterfront
    • Maritime Puget: Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society; the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest
    • Natural Burke: Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture; the State museum of natural and cultural history; totem poles, hand-carved cedar canoes; extensive online exhibits; University of Washington campus
    • Nordic: Nordic Heritage Museum; Nordic immigration to America and settlement in the Pacific Northwest; Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden; language classes and cultural center; in the Ballard neighborhood
    • Police: Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum; history of northwest law enforcement; in Seattle's Pioneer Square
    • Railway: Northwest Railway Museum; steam and diesel locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, maintenance of way equipment; 8 kilometer segment of historic railroad; a 19th-century train station; in Snoqualmie, Washington
    • SciFi: Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame; Experience Music Project; celebrates imaginative, speculative fiction and art; noted artifacts include Asimov first editions, pulp magazines, Captain Kirk's chair; co-located with Experience Music Project near the Space Needle
    • Soundbridge: Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center; musical storytelling, instrument exploration, classes, student recitals, lectures, workshops and exhibits; located in Benaroya Hall on Second Avenue at Union Street


Seattle is home to major-league basketball and baseball, pro hockey and soccer, and NCAA sports

  • Pro: Professional sports in Seattle
    • Mariners: Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team
    • Seahawks: Seattle Seahawks National Football League team
    • Sonics: Seattle Sonics National Basketball Association team
    • Sounders: Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer team
    • Thunderbirds: Seattle Thunderbirds Western Hockey League team
    • Storm: Seattle Storm Women's National Basketball Association team
  • College: Area colleges with athletic activities
    • Falcons: Seattle Pacific University
    • Huskies: University of Washington, Seattle
    • Redhawks: Seattle University
    • Storm: North Seattle Community College
  • Community: Amateur, organized sports clubs, and special community sporting events
    • Baseball Amateur: United States Amateur Baseball Association
    • Baseball Senior: Puget Sound Senior Baseball League; adult baseball organization
    • Bicycle Alliance: Bicycle Alliance of Washington; promotes bicycling for everyday transportation and recreation through advocacy and education
    • Bicycle Club: Seattle Bicycle Club; recreational cycling enthusiasts including upper-end training rides
    • Bicycle Mtn: Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club; mountain biking; education, advocacy, and recreation; preserving and enhancing trails
    • Canoe & Kayak: Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club; works in partnership with the City of Seattle to provide competitive paddling opportunities to the surrounding community
    • Disc: the sport of Ultimate
    • Hockey Junior: Seattle Junior Hockey Association
    • Hockey Women: Seattle Women's Hockey Club
    • Marathon: Seattle Marathon
    • Mountaineers: Outdoor recreation; explores and studies the mountains, forests and water courses of the Northwest and beyond; dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and protection of natural areas
    • Netball: Emerald City Netball Club; netball in the Pacific Northwest; netball is a team game based on running, jumping, throwing and catching played by two teams each consisting of 7 players
    • Orienteering: Pacific Northwest Orienteering; information about the sport of map reading and cross-country running; information about regional events and the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League
    • Rowing: Lake Washington Rowing Club; rowing in the greater Seattle area
    • Sailing Seattle: Seattle Sailing Club; an alternative to boat ownership
    • Trails: Washington Trails Association; works to preserve, enhance, and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state; education, advocacy, and trail maintenance
    • Soccer: Greater Seattle Soccer League; Seattle and all of the Puget Sound Area
    • Swim Salmon Bay: Salmon Bay Aquatics; Seattle-based United States Swimming swim team program for precompetitive and competitive swimmers age 5 and older
    • Volleyball: Seattle area Volleyball
    • Yacht QC: Queen City Yacht Club; on Portage Bay; established 1916
    • Yacht SYC: Seattle Yacht Club; on Portage Bay

Seattle Civic

Seattle's civic life


Seattle's government and representatives at all levels

  • Local: City and county government
    • Seattle: City of Seattle; elected city government portal
    • Police: City of Seattle Police Department
    • Fire: City of Seattle Fire Department
    • King Co: King County; Seattle is county seat
    • Sheriff: King County Sheriff
  • State: State of Washington access
  • Federal: The United State's government has a presence in Seattle through elected representatives and some facilities
    • US Sen Cantwell: United States Senator Maria Cantwell; Democrat
    • US Sen Murray: United States Senator Patty Murray; Democrat
    • US House Washington: Washington delegation; United States House of Representatives
    • FAA: Federal Aviation Administration Northwest Mountain Region
    • FBI: Seattle Division Federal Bureau of Investigation; serves northern Washington; headquarters office in downtown Seattle and four satellite offices
    • FEB: Seattle Federal Executive Board; exchanges information between Washington and the local area; coordinates Federal programs; includes a page of links to Federal Web sites in the area
    • Army CE: Seattle District US Army Corps of Engineers
    • SBA: Small Business Administration District Office in Seattle; Seattle Business Enterprise Center; SCORE counseling program
    • US Ct: US District Court Western District of Washington; the federal trial court for the western region of the state of Washington
    • Coast Guard: 13th District United States Coast Guard; Covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana
    • DCM: Defense Contract Management Agency
    • FBI: Seattle Field Office Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Fed Reserve: Seattle Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Administration; administers the federal emergency preparedness, damage prevention, and response and recovery programs to Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington
    • Marine Fisheries: National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Regional Office; conserves, protects, and manages Pacific salmon, groundfish, halibut and marine mammals and their habitats under the Endangered Species Act and other laws; US Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • NWS: National Weather Service Office, Seattle
    • Navy Kitsap: Naval Base Kitsap; merging of Naval Station Bremerton and Naval Submarine Base Bangor in 2004
    • Navy Everett: Naval Station Everett
    • Navy Whidbey: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
    • NOAA: Western Administrative Support Center; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • -USA Federal-: USA Federal Government links; links to major top-level Web sites related to the United States government; you can use these to locate federal services available in the area


Support for human needs and infrastructure

  • Transport: Seattle offers a variety of transit options
    • Metro: Metro Transit; public transit agency serving King County; bus coaches, electric trolleys, dual-powered buses, and streetcars; division of the King County Department of Transportation
    • Sound: Sound Transit; public transit agency delivering a mix of rail, regional bus routes and new transit facilities to the citizens of urban King, Pierce and Snohomish counties
    • Air & Sea Port: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Port of Seattle; transportation of cargo and passengers by air, water, and land
    • Streetcar: South Lake Union line; connects to Seattle's other public transit systems including Metro buses; Sound Transit buses, trains and light rail; and the Monorail
    • Pronto: Puget Sound's bicycle-sharing system
    • BFI Airport: Boeing Field/King County International Airport
    • Kenmore Base: Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base
    • Seattle Base: Seattle Seaplanes Seaplane Base
    • Ferries State: Washington State Ferries; serves eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia, Canada; ferries from Seattle Pier 52 to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton; from Seattle Pier 50 to Vashon; other ferries all over Puget Sound
    • Ferry Fremont: Seattle Ferry Service Fremont Avenue; tourism cruises; vessel departure from Fremont under the Aurora Bridge
    • Monorail: Seattle Center Monorail; the original monorail line, opened in 1962, connecting Seattle Center with downtown Seattle at Westlake Center; 2 kilometers long
    • Amtrak: Passenger train service; King Street Station
    • Greyhound: National, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from Seattle to the United States, Canada, and Mexico
    • GotoBus: Bus reservation system; buses connecting many cities including Seattle
    • Car Free: Possible in Seattle; with good walkability and extensive transit systems, you could easily live without a car in Seattle
    • Car Sharing: Avoid owning a car; be car-free as much as possible, but keep the idea that you can rent or borrow a car only when you need it--for a big project or trip to far-out areas, for example
    • Gray Line: Gray Line of Seattle; tour and charter operator
  • Facilities: Institutions, units, organizations, or systems that build, distribute, plan, or and keep area resources or infrastructure working
    • Regional Council: Puget Sound Regional Council; association of cities, towns, counties, ports, and state agencies that serves as a forum for developing policies and making decisions about regional growth and transportation issues in the four-county central Puget Sound region.
    • Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities; water, waste, recycling, garbage, drainage, yard waste
  • Human: Health and human services
    • Medical: King County Medical Society; information on medical resources; physician finder
    • -USA Human-: National Health and Human services; you can use these directories to find doctors, hospitals, dentists, and other health and human services

Seattle Media

Access information about and in many cases read (or listen to) Seattle's media outlets


Seattle's many publications offer Web sites with online content

  • Times: Seattle Times; daily newspaper; online presence is, a guide to Seattle events and entertainment
  • Post Intelligencer: Seattle Post-Intelligencer; daily newspaper; online presence is, a guide to Seattle events and entertainment, a service of the Seattle Times Company "representing" the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Bus Journal: Puget Sound Business Journal; American City Business Journals
  • Seattle Mag: Seattle Magazine; slick magazine showing off Seattle culture and entertainment
  • Seattle Business: Magazine
  • Seattle Weekly: Opinion, entertainment, news
  • Press: Opinion, entertainment, news
  • Stranger: Trendy opinion, entertainment, news
  • Daily Jour of Commerce: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
  • King Jour: King County Journal
  • Bicycle Paper: Cycling news and information; Pacific Northwest
  • UW Daily: University of Washington, Seattle; daily campus newspaper
  • Real Change: Urban issues; provides income opportunity for poor and homeless people; publication and street sales of a bi-weekly urban-issues newspaper


Seattle's radio dial; in alphabetical order by call letters; many of these radio stations offer live, streaming audio of their broadcast, so you can listen on the Internet anywhere in the world; please let me know your knowledge about updates to this list as radio stations change format, Web site addresses, and ownership often; unless stated otherwise, the station is in Seattle, WA; HD = HD Radio programming

  • -AM-: Click here for the AM stations sorted by frequency
  • -FM-: Click here for the FM stations sorted by frequency
  • -HD-: Click here for the HD stations sorted by frequency
  • CBU: AM 690 Public; Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • CKBD: AM 600 Nostalgia; Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • KAPS: AM 660 Country; Mount Vernon
  • KARR: AM 1460 Religious; Kirkland
  • KASB: FM 89.3 Student media; Bellevue High School
  • KBCS: FM 91.3 Community=HD1; Bellevue Community College
  • KBKS: FM 106.1 Top 40=HD1 HD2=New CHR; Tacoma
  • KBLE: AM 1050 Catholic; Kirkland
  • KBRO: AM 1490 Sports; Bremerton
  • KCIS: AM 630 Christian; Edmonds
  • KCMS: FM 105.3 Christian=HD1 HD2=Christian; Edmonds
  • KEXP: FM 90.3 Public=HD1; University of Washington
  • KFNK: FM 104.9 Rock=HD1 HD2=Urban; Eatonville
  • KGNW: AM 820 Christian talk; Burien-Seattle
  • KGRG: FM 89.9 College Alternative; Green River Community College; Auburn
  • KGRG: AM 1330 College Alternative; Green River Community College; Enumclaw, WA
  • KHHO: AM 850 Sports=HD1; Tacoma
  • KING: FM 98.1 Classical=HD1 HD2=Arts radio
  • KIRO: AM 710 News Talk
  • KIRO: FM 97.3 News Talk
  • KISW: FM 99.9 Rock=HD1 HD2=Live Rock
  • KITZ: AM 1400 Talk; Silverdale
  • KIXI: AM 880 Nostalgia; Mercer Island
  • KJAQ: FM 96.5 Variety=HD1 HD2=Oldies HD3=Talk (KPTK Progressive Talk)
  • KJR: AM 950 Sports
  • KJR: FM 95.7 Hits=HD1 HD2=80's
  • KKDZ: AM 1250 Radio Disney=HD1
  • KKMO: AM 1360 Spanish; Tacoma
  • KKNW: AM 1150 Talk
  • KKOL: AM 1300 Talk
  • KKWF: FM 100.7 Country=HD1 HD2=Delta Blues
  • KKXA: AM 1520 Country=HD1
  • KLFE: AM 1590 Christian talk; Renton
  • KMAS: AM 1030 Adult contemporary; Shelton
  • KMCQ: FM 104.5 Oldies; Covington
  • KMIH: FM 104.5 Student media; Mercer Island High School
  • KMTT: FM 103.7 Album alternative=HD1 HD2=Adult Rock; Tacoma
  • KMPS: FM 94.1 Country=HD1 HD2=Classic Country
  • KNBQ: FM 102.9 Country=HD1; Centralia
  • KNDD: FM 107.7 Alternative
  • KNHC: FM 89.5 Student media=HD1; Nathan Hale High School
  • KOMO: AM 1000 News
  • KOMO: FM 97.7 News=HD1
  • KPLU: FM 88.5 Public=HD1 HD2=Jazz; Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma
  • KPLZ: FM 101.5 Adult contemporary
  • KPTK: AM 1090 Talk
  • KQMV: FM 92.5 Urban contemporary=HD1; Bellevue
  • KRIZ: AM 1420 Oldies; Renton
  • KRKO: AM 1380 Sports=HD1; Everett
  • KRWM: FM 106.9 Adult contemporary=HD1 HD2=Nostalgia KIXI-AM HD3=Talk; Bremerton
  • KTTH: AM 770 Talk
  • KUBE: FM 93.3 Hip hop=HD1 HD2=Xtreme Hip Hop
  • KUOW: FM 94.9 Public=HD1 HD2=NPR HD3=BBC; University of Washington
  • KVI: AM 570 Talk
  • KWJZ: FM 98.9 Modern; Bellevue
  • KXPA: AM 1540 Spanish; Bellevue
  • KYIZ: AM 1620 Urban; Renton
  • KZOK: FM 102.5 Classic Rock=HD1 HD2=Deep Cuts Classic Rock


Television stations in Seattle; in alphabetical order by call letters

Seattle Education

Seattle's educational opportunities


The Seattle area's colleges and universities

  • Argosy: Argosy University; proprietary; offers undergraduate degrees
  • Art Institutes: system of more than 40 education institutions located throughout North America; offering masterís, bachelorís and associateís degrees programs as well as nondegree programs; culinary, design, fashion and media arts professionals
  • Bastyr: Bastyr University; independent; undergraduate, graduate; Kenmore, Washington
  • City: City University; private; undergraduate and graduate; career-oriented; administrative site in Bellevue; sites in Canada, Europe
  • Cornish: Cornish College of the Arts; independent; undergraduate; arts, performance
  • Devry: DeVry University; proprietary; undergraduate; career-oriented; Federal Way unit
  • Pima: Pima Medical Institute; proprietary; undergraduate; medical technical
  • Seattle CC: Seattle Community Colleges; North and South Seattle College, Seattle Central College, Seattle Vocational Institute; public; undergraduate
  • Seattle Pacific: Seattle Pacific University; independent Free Methodist; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • Seattle: Seattle University; independent Roman Catholic; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral
  • UW: University of Washington Seattle; state; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral


Seattle's primary, secondary, career, and trade schools

  • Choice: School Choice information; presented by the American Education Reform Council
  • K12: Seattle Public Schools
  • Guide: Seattle Times School Guide; elementary, middle and high schools in the greater Seattle area
  • Art Pratt: Pratt Fine Arts Center; classes, workshops and studio equipment access in glass, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and metalsmithing
  • Art Gage: Gage Academy of Art; art training
  • Art SVC: School of Visual Concepts; art and design; poorly designed Web site
  • Astrology: Kepler College; offers a BA degree in Astrological Studies
  • Cooking: Bon Vivant School of Cooking
  • Dance: Creative Dance Center; provides brain compatible dance education for people of all ages
  • Discover: Discover U; continuing education and adult education classes in the Puget Sound
  • Floral: Floral Design Institute; professional floral design courses, business programs, advanced design seminars and special interest classes
  • Glass Pilchuck: Pilchuck Glass School; glass art; founded in 1971 by glass artist Dale Chihuly
  • Islamic: Islamic Educational Center of Seattle; educational, cultural and religious services in the greater Puget Sound
  • Language WAL: Washington Academy of Languages; language training and teacher training institute. W
  • Language SLA: Seattle Language Academy; language learning among the residents of Puget Sound
  • Language ACE: Associates in Cultural Exchange; English as a Second Language instruction, foreign language, training
  • Languages: SeattleLanguages International; specializing in Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Japanese, Greek, Mandarin, Rumanian, Vietnamese and Arabic
  • Massage: Cortiva Institue School of Massage Therapy
  • Medical Eton: Eton Technical Institute; career training in medical assisting, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, medical billing
  • Midwifery: Seattle Midwifery School
  • Montessori: Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest; teacher education programs to people who want to become Montessori teachers
  • Music 4/4: 4/4 School of Music
  • Music Ctr: Music Center of the Northwest; community music school, serving students of all ages and abilities
  • Oriental Medicine: Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • SVA: Seattle Vocational Institute; skills, vocational, and workforce training; medical, dental, construction, computer based offerings

Seattle Commerce

Seattle's business community


Organizations promoting business and business opportunities in the Seattle area

  • Seattle Chamber: Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Ballard Chamber: Ballard Chamber of Commerce; Ballard, incorporated into Seattle in 1907, retains its identity
  • Greater Univ Chamber: Greater University Chamber of Commerce; enhance the business environment in the communities around the University of Washington Seattle
  • EDC: Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County; works to retain and recruit jobs in King County; capitalize and market the region
  • Trade Alliance: Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle; collaboration of the Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Metropolitan King County Government, Snohomish County Government, City of Seattle, City of Everett, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and union leadership to promote the trade interests of the region in domestic and international markets
  • World Trade Ctr: World Trade Center Seattle; an array of trade-related organizations; owned by the Port of Seattle and operated by Columbia Hospitality


Large or well-known companies with headquarters or major operations in the Seattle area

  • Online retailer; 2010 sales $34.2 billion
  • AK Air: Alaska Air Group; Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Industries; 2010 sales $3.8 billion
  • Boeing: Airplanes, aerospace, defense; Chicago-headquartered company with Washington state operations including Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Renton; 2010 sales $64.3 billion
  • Costco: Costco Wholesale Corporation; wholesale club; Issaquah; 2010 sales $88.9 billion
  • Expeditors: Expeditors International of Washington; freight forwarder; 2010 sales $5.9 billion
  • Microsoft: Software; Redmond; 2010 sales $69.9 billion; Redmond
  • Nordstrom: Upscale retailing; 2010 sales $9.7 billion
  • Puget Energy: Utility--electric, natural gas; Bellevue; 2010 sales $3.1 billion
  • QFC: Quality Food Centers; Bellevue; grocery chain; unit of Fred Meyer Stores (Portland, Oregon)
  • Safeco: Insurance; 2006 sales $6.3 billion
  • Starbucks: Coffee retailing; 2011 sales $11.7 billion
  • T-Mobile: Mobile communications; 2010 sales $21.3 billion; Bellevue; unit of Deutsche Telekom
  • WAMU: Washington Mutual; Banking; 2010 sales $15.9 billion
  • Weyerhaeuser: forest products; Federal Way; 2008 sales $16.9 billion

Seattle Reference

Works to help you find out more about Seattle


Learn more about Seattle with online guides that describe area attractions

  • Beautiful: Beautiful Seattle; guide to Seattle sites and life in the city
  • Go NW: Go Northwest; guide to Puget Sound, Seattle
  • Seattle Blvds: Guide to Seattle tourism and activities; Boulevards New Media
  • Seattle.Net; business information, entertainment, community
  • Insider: Entertainment guide; from KIRO Television
  • CitySearch: Entry for Seattle
  • WorldWeb: Entry for Seattle
  • InfoGuide: Entry for Seattle
  • AreaGuides: Entry for Seattle


Access online information about Seattle through general and specialized indexes

  • All Seattle: Seattle Links; are information, attractions, dining, lodging, services, and more
  • City Visitor: City of Seattle; links of interest to Seattlites and visitors
  • Google: Entry for Seattle
  • Yahoo: Entry for Seattle
  • About Seattle: Entry for Seattle
  • Yellow Pages: Search form; find businesses and organizations using the directory


Find more information related to Seattle

  • Seattle Stories: Contributed stories; people write in with stories about Seattle
  • craigslist: Online community; classified ads, jobs, housing, personals, for sale, discussion
  • Top Jobs: Job search engine for Seattle
  • USA index: An index for the United States; resources to help you locate information about activities, events, places, sports, government, media, commerce, and reference information in the USA; You can use this page to locate information on other cities or information you couldn't find here
  • -USA General-: General reference section of USA Index; lookup information in national directories for classified ads, jobs, discussion, or lookup resources
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