Travel Advisory

August 2018

Information for Visitors and Partners Regarding Air Quality in Seattle

We are deeply saddened by the wildfires affecting much of the western United States and Canada now. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the fires and those that are continuing to fight to preserve millions of acres of forest land, cities, neighborhoods and residences.

The fires are impacting the quality of our air in Seattle and we know that it has an impact on those who are experiencing our city as our guests and for our residents. We want to ensure those touring our sites use their best judgment in terms of their activity levels and their health.

There’s plenty of Seattle to see intermixing outdoor and indoor activities in museums, cultural sites and attractions with safe air conditions.


A few tips when touring Seattle during this smoke advisory:

  • Monitor air quality during your stay through local news or by going to, or the Washington Smoke Information blog.
  • Be aware of how smoke in the air from wildfires can impact you and loved one by going to the Washington State Department of Health
  • Watch for signs that smoke could be irritating you or a loved one, such as:
    • Eye, nose and throat irritation (burning eyes and runny nose)
    • Wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and headache
    • Aggravation of existing lung, heart and circulatory conditions, including asthma and angina
  • If you have asthma or lung diseases, follow your doctor’s directions
  • Avoid physical exertion outdoors if smoke is visible
  • Intermix outdoor activities with indoor events and attractions
  • Consider eating meals and taking additional breaks indoors
  • Stay hydrated and cool
  • Utilize public transportation options
  • When traveling to and from Seattle during this time be sure to check your flights often for potential delays due to smoky conditions.



For further information while traveling, please contact our Visitor Information Center at or by calling (866) 732-2695.



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