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Seattle Accolades

2017 Accolades

  • May 2017 – Seattle ranks among “The best U.S. cities for a romantic urban honeymoon” – Travel + Leisure
  •  March 2017 – Washington ranks #5 among 2017’s “Best States Rankings,” earning the top score on the West Coast – U.S. News & World Report
  • February 2017 – Seattle ranks #4 among “2017’s Healthiest Cities in America” – WalletHub
  • February 2017 – Seattle ranks #6 among “Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2017” – U.S. News & World Report 

2016 Accolades

  • December 2016 – Seattle ranks among “18 Best Cities in America for Solo Travelers” – Travel + Leisure
  • December 2016 – Western Washington ranks #2 among the “Top 10 Destinations of 2017” – Lonely Planet
  •  December 2016 – Seattle’s The Walrus and the Carpenter and Elliot’s Oyster House rank among “America’s Best Oyster Bars” – Food & Wine
  • December 2016 – Seattle ranks among “6 Places to Throw an Unforgettable Bachelorette Party” – Trip Advisor
  • December 2016 – The Olympic National Park’s designated”One Square Inch of Silence” ranks among “The 10 Coolest Places to Go in 2017” – Forbes
  • December 2016 – Seattle ranks #5 in “The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016” –Zagat
  •  November 2016 – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport ranks among “Nine American Airports for Art Lovers” –Travel + Leisure 
  • November 2016 – President Barack Obama awarded Bill and Melinda Gates with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Nov. 22, 2016. Created in 2000, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to “help all people lead healthy, productive lives.” – Puget Sound Business Journal
  • October 2016 – Seattle ranks #15, “The 20 Best Cities for Runners Training for a Marathon” – Shape.com
  • October 2016 – Seattle ranks #9, “The Best Big Cities in the U.S.” –  Condé Nast Traveler
  • October 2016 – Seattle recognized as “Best North American Homeport” – Cruise Critic, Editors’ Picks Awards 2016
  • September 2016 – Seattle ranks #1 among the “Best NFL Cities for Pregaming” – Redfin
  • September 2016 – Seattle ranks among the top eight “Best Fall Escapes in  the US” – National Geographic
  • September 2016 – The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport ranks among “America’s Best Kid-Friendly Airports” – HolidayLettings
  • September 2016 – Seattle’s Frye Museum ranks #7 among the “Best Free Museums” in the U.S. – USA Today, Readers Choice Awards 2016
  • September 2016 – Seattle’s Georgetown Inn ranks among the “Best Hotels Under $150” –USA Today, Reader’s Choice Awards 2016
  • August 2016 – Seattle ranks among the “16 Best Places to Live in the US” – Outside Magazine
  • July 2016 – Visit Seattle ranks among “Top 25 Tourism Websites in the World in 2016” – Skift 
  • July 2016 – Seattle ranks #14, “Best Cities in the U.S.” – Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards 2016
  • July 2016 – The San Juan Islands rank #5, “Best Islands in the Continental U.S. ” – Travel + Leisure, World’s Best Awards 2016
  • July 2016 – Seafair Summer Fourth ranks #7,”Top 10 of the Nation’s Best 4th of July Firework Shows” – USA Today
  • July 2016 – Seattle rank #3, “Best Tech Cities in the U.S.” – CBRE, 2016 Scoring Tech Talent
  • June 2016 – Seafair Summer Fourth ranks #8, “The 20 Most Extravagant Firework Displays in the U.S.” – TIME
  • June 2016 – Seattle ranks #2, “Top U.S. Summer Destinations” –  AAA
  • June 2016 – Seattle ranks #3, “Top 10 Cities for Milliennials” –  Inc.com via ABODO
  • May 2016 – Seattle’s Bumbershoot recognized as one of “50 Essential Summer Festivals’ – The New York Times
  • May 2016 – Seattle ranks in Top 4 in Outside magazine’s tournament of 64 towns for 2016 America’s Best Town. Seattle ranked #1 in the Culture division – Outside magazine
  • May 2016 – Seattle ranks #10,”12 Best Cities for Running” – Women’s Running
  • May 2016 – Seattle’s Bumbershoot and Washington’s Sasquatch rank on “Summer 2016’s 30 Must-See Music Festivals” – The Rolling Stone
  • April 2016 — Seattle ranks #7, “Best Airports in North America” – Condé Nast Traveler
  • March 2016  – Seattle ranks #7, “Best Places to Live” – Condé Nast Traveler
  • March 2016 – Seattle recognized as one of “Best Seafood Cities in America” – CBS
  • March 2016 – Seattle’s Beecher’s Cheese Company is recognized as one of “10 Restaurants Taking Farm-To-Table To A Different Level” – Thrillist 
  • March 2016 –Seattle ranks #9,”11 Best Cities for Vegans” – Matador
  • February 2016 – Seattle ranks #17, “Best Cities in North America” –Travel + Leisure
  • February 2016 – Seattle Symphony wins Grammy Award for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for violinist, Augustin Hadelich’s, solo of L’arbre des songes on Seattle Symphony’s recording of Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto – Grammy Awards
  • February 2016 – Seattle’s Space Needle and Pike Place Market recognized on “America’s Bucket List” –  Trail Blazer magazine
  • January 2016  – Seattle ranks #10, “Top 10 Most Popular Travel Destinations” – Kayak.com 
  • January 2016 –Museum of Flight’s new Aviation Pavilion (open June 2016) recognized as “16 Intriguing Things to see and do in the U.S. in 2016” – CNN

2015 Accolades

  • 2015– Seattle ranks #9, “Top 15 Large U.S. Cities” – Condé Nast Traveler 
  • 2015 – Seattle ranks #15, “America’s 20 Best cities for Beer Lovers” –  Travel + Leisure
  • 2015 – Seattle ranks #18, “Most Charming Cities” –  Travel + Leisure
  • 2015 – Seattle ranks #8, “Most Walkable City” – Redfin
  • 2015 – Seattle named #1 city in U.S. to find a job – Wallet Hub
  • 2015 – Seattle named #1 “Fastest-growing Big City in the U.S.” – U.S. Census Bureau
  • 2015 – Seattle ranks #2, “Best Hotel Wifi” – Hotel WiFi Test
  • 2015 –Seattle named #1 in highest job growth for small businesses in the U.S.” – Pachex IHS Small Business Jobs Index
  • 2015 – Seattle ranks #3, “Best Market in North America for Hotel Property Investment” – Urban Land Institute
  • 2015 – Seattle ranks #4, “Best Market in North America for Office Property Investment” – Urban Land Institute

2014 Accolades

  • October 2014 – Seattle-Tacoma ranks #3 airport in the nation for traveler amenities – Global Gateway Alliance
  • September 2014 – Seattle named the “Most Sustainable City in the Nation”  – STAR Communities
  • August 2014 – Seattle ranks #9, “Best Cities for Boaters”  – Redfin
  • August 2014 – Seattle named #1 ” U.S. City for Culture”  – Business Insider 
  • August 2014 – Seattle ranks #2, “America’s Coolest Cities”  – Forbes
  • July 2014 – Seattle ranks #9, “Best Places in the U.S. for Business”  – Forbes
  • July 2014 – Seattle ranks #2 city in the U.S. for tech jobs – NerdWallet
  • June 2014 – Seattle ranks #6, “Most Walkable City in America”  – Smart Growth America
  • May 2014 – Seattle named #1 “LGBT-friendly City in U.S.” – NerdWallet
  • May 2014 – Seattle ranks #7, “Fittest Cities in the U.S.” – American Fitness Index
  • March 2014 – Seattle ranks #3, “Most LGBT-friendly Places in America” – Advocate magazine
  • February 2014 – Seattle’s Slate Coffee Bar ranks among “Top 10 Coffee Houses across the U.S.” – USA Today
  • February 2014 – Washington state’s Franklin Falls of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest ranks among “Top Easy, Scenic, Winter Trails in the U.S.” – USA Today, The Active Times
  • February 2014 – Washington state’s Summit House Restaurant of Crystal Mountain ranks among “Top Restaurants atop of North America’s Most Notable Summits” – USA Today
  • February 2014 – Washington state ranks #9, “Happiest States in the U.S.” – Gallup
  • February 2014 – Seattle ranks #7, “Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Singles” – Zillow Blog
  • February 2014 – Seattle ranks #7, “World’s Most Romantic Trip Destinations” – Society of American Travel Writers
  • February 2014 – Seattle ranks #2, “Most Romantic Cities in America” – Amazon
  • February 2014 – Seattle voted ‘Reader’s Pick’ for the West’s “Best Places to Live” – Sunset magazine
  • February 2014 – Seattle is the second most literate city in America – Central Connecticut State University Annual Study
  • January 2014 – Seattle ranks #7 in the U.S. for public transportation – Walk Score
  • January 2014 –Pike Place Market is the “Best Market in America” –Business Insider

(Updated 10/16)


Media Contacts:

David Blandford – (206) 461-5806, dblandford@visitseattle.org

Kauilani Robinson – (206) 461-5839, krobinson@visitseattle.org

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