The following post has been submitted by Caileigh.
Seattle is sandwiched between two incredibly beautiful mountain ranges and woven with waterways of Puget Sound and glistening lakes. It’s a gorgeous, adventure-filled city, one of my favorite U.S. destinations by far. So, pack up your suitcase and head west— just leave your rain gear behind.
Seattle has quite the rainy reputation, there’s no denying it. But it’s really not as rainy it is cut out to be! Most of us think of Seattle, and movies like Sleepless in Seattle instantly come to mind, painting a picture of a damp, dreary place always dripping with rain. And if you haven’t visited the coastal Northwest, you’d have no reason not to believe it. But Seattle’s not dripping with rain at all! Well, not always.
Since moving to Seattle nearly two years ago, I have yet to use— or own— an umbrella or rain boots. And I never recommend travelers carry them either.
Rain in Seattle is terribly deceiving. It’s rarely raining here—at least not a true rain, not the way non-Northwesterners know rain. The Emerald City has a consistent drizzle, a modest mist really. In fact, Seattle receives significantly less rain annually than most cities east of the Mississippi, including New York, Boston and Washington D.C.
So, dripping with rain? Very rarely. Damp and dreary? Okay, so… that’s another story.
Most months of the year, the skies of western Washington are covered in a blanket of low, gray clouds (you won’t miss it if you visit in winter, trust me). But with the clouds come perfect conditions for hiking, photography, and visits to many of the must-see Seattle attractions.
Though, tourist season certainly has its perks. High tourist season occurs between June and September, and for good reason. The sunniest days of the year happen during this time, making Seattle truly one of the best possible places to soak in summer. I’m talking mid-70s to low-80s all summer long, with 12+ hours of blissful daylight— the secret no Seattle local wants to spill. If you plan accordingly, you can travel affordably in May or October, getting truly the best of both worlds (including much less crowds).
The Pacific Northwest is so worth the visit for your next U.S. adventure, and it’s surprisingly less wet and rainy than you might think. Rain or shine, I can just about promise you will fall in love with Seattle— just don’t forget your raincoat.
About the Author: Raised in the Badger State, Caileigh is a cheesehead by nature and a Seattleite by residence. She’s fortunate enough to travel the world and smart enough not to eat up her life savings in the process. She spills her penny-pinching tips, top destination suggestions, and favorite foodie finds at The Brave Little Cheesehead.