Seattle is the largest city in Washington State, as well as the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and for good reason: it’s a major trade center with Asia and one of the biggest ports in North America. Since World War II, Seattle has expanded its economy to encompass shipbuilding, software, biotechnology, and the Internet, as well as becoming a center of pop culture and music. Many know Seattle for the grunge scene of the 1990s, but Seattle was also a major center for jazz from the turn of the century until the 1950s. Now Seattle area is known for being the home to Amazon.com, Starbucks, Microsoft, and Costco to name a few. Did you know that Costco’s store brand “Kirkland Signature” gets its name from the town of Kirkland, located just northeast of downtown Seattle?
Seattle is divided into several distinct neighborhoods. Seattle’s downtown includes the waterfront, the Pike Place Market, and is the center of the city’s noteworthy architecture. The historic Pioneer Square-International District is home to the city’s famous art galleries and restaurants, while the Queen Anne-South Lake Union neighborhood is home to the city’s most famous landmark, the Space Needle.
From the comfort of an air-conditioned charter bus, you can also view Seattle’s Capitol Hill-Central District or North of the Canal, where visitors can check out the public art in Fremont and Wallingford, the University of Washington, and the sports stadiums in SoDo-Georgetown. Street signs and markings – not to mention parking – are notoriously confusing, making the choice to rent a bus in Seattle a smart one.
Here are just a few of the sights you can see from the comfort and safety of a Seattle party bus rental — or any one of the many vehicles we offer at Metropolitan Shuttle.
The Museum of Flight
The largest private air and space museum in the world, The Museum of Flight is only a school bus rental and a handful of minutes away from Seattle. The museum was founded in 1965 as part of an effort to restore a 1929 Boeing 80A-1, which still remains as one of the central pieces of the museum. Since then, the museum has grown, acquiring new facilities and aircraft, including a Douglas DC-3, a Lockheed M-21, a Boeing VC-137B (the first jet-powered Air Force One), and more. There is also an air traffic control exhibit, Space Shuttle exhibit, and a cafe where visitors can relax after an afternoon of taking in aviation history.
Pike Place Market
Since 1907, the Pike Place Market has been a Seattle institution. Set by the Seattle waterfront, it’s one of the oldest public markets in America and attracts more than ten million visitors per year. Visitors can browse through a wealth of shops and purchase everything from food to antiques to collectibles. Among the sights to see while you’re there: the Pike Place Fish Market, where customers can order fish and see them thrown over the counter by employees and prepped for sale. Pike Place is also known as being home to the first Starbucks store. Today you can visit the oldest operating Starbucks that opened in 1977 and attracts tourists and locals alike. The Pike Place Market is a great destination for a day trip — grab some friends, book a bus rental, and hit one of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks.
Museum of Pop Culture
Book a minibus rental and head to Seattle’s one and only pop culture museum! Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the Museum of Pop Culture (or MoPOP) is dedicated to showcasing contemporary American popular culture. It sponsors yearly events, including the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival, as well as a battle of the bands called Sound Off! Among its many exhibits: a collection of instruments, lyrics, and photographs celebrating the lives of Seattle greats Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. The attached Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame honors those writers and artists who have changed the landscape of pop culture forever, including such giants as Jack Williamson, Andre Norton, Ray Bradbury, George Lucas, Leigh Brackett, and more.
The Seattle Center
Park your tour bus full of friends and check out Seattle’s hub of art, culture, and entertainment. The Seattle Center is a place for people to gather together, offering forty acres of open space. The centerpiece of the center is the International Fountain, built in 1962. The area also contains the Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Mural Amphitheatre, the Pacific Science Center, and a piece of the Berlin Wall.
The Space Needle
Quite probably the most famous landmark in Seattle, the Space Needle is a 605-foot-high observation tower. It was originally built in 1962 for that year’s World’s Fair, and has been drawing millions of visitors ever since. Cut the lines by downloading their smartphone app and purchasing the tickets directly on your phone. From the top of the Space needle, visitors can catch a breathtaking vista of Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, the Cascade Mountains, and Mount Rainier. The Space Needle has been made famous in television, films and books, and a ride up the elevator to the top is a must if you’re visiting Seattle.
See It All in Style from a Charter Bus in Seattle
Why drive when you can sit back and enjoy the trip from the comfort of a shuttle bus rental? Metropolitan Shuttle is here to help make your next Seattle trip easy. We’re a reservation company that can hook you up with the best charter bus companies in Seattle — or anywhere else. Interested in a limo bus rental in Seattle or learning what we can do for you? Call us at 1-866-556-3545 or contact us today for a free quote.