It used to be safe to assume that if you wanted to fly from Manchester to anywhere in the USA other than New York or Florida, you would have to change flights however fortunately those days are gone. Now there are a great variety of US cities to fly to direct from Manchester and the vibrant city of Seattle is the newest addition to the list.
As of May 2018, Thomas Cook Airlines will operate 2 flights a week on the new Seattle to Manchester route operated by their Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The flight will take a reasonable 9.5 hours, cutting over 3 hours off the previous shortest journey time meaning that cosmopolitan Seattle is more accessible than ever before from the north of England.
Once you arrive in the city, you really are in for a treat, there certainly isn’t a shortage of things to do. One of the most iconic attractions in Seattle has to be the Space Needle which has been a defining symbol of the city’s skyline for over 50 years. A visit to the top of the 520 ft tower will reward you with breathtaking views of the city, from here you can see why Seattle is called “the Emerald City” as it is surrounded by a mass expanse of forest and mountains and the Puget Sound. Back on the ground a visit to Pike Place Market is a must, opened in 1907, this market allows you to get a feel of the real Seattle. Upon walking into the market you will be greeted by a wave of tantalising aromas mixed with the lively banter of the traders, it truly is a great experience.
For decades now, Seattle has been home to Boeing so it’s no surprise that Seattle offers a variety of aviation themed attractions, the best being a visit to the Boeing factory, a short venture outside of the city. This unique experience shows you how iconic aircraft such as the Boeing 747 are built and is fascinating for both adults and children alike.
With such a busy city to explore, you need a great hotel in which to unwind and The Edgewater Hotel is certainly that. As the name suggests The Edgewater Hotel is right on the waterfront, arguably the only truly waterfront hotel in the city, in fact The Beatles famously fished from their rooms at The Edgewater in 1964. Built in the style of a traditional American lodge, this luxury hotel provides a cosy hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.