If you're visiting the Emerald City for a massive event, odds are you'll be stopping by the Washington State Convention Center. The WSCC is regarded as the premier venue for conferences and conventions in the tech hub of Seattle
While big-name hotels abound nearby, consider a vacation rental as your convention center lodging! We offer a wide range of incredibly convenient accommodations with all the comforts of home, such as full kitchens for preparing healthy meals and private bedrooms, so you won't feel too cramped during an extended stay.
Best of all? Many of our Seattle vacation rentals closest to the convention center are located in luxury residential towers, making them incredible alternatives to traditional hotels. Enjoy all the privacy and space of an apartment, along with much-appreciated amenities like fitness centers, rooftop decks, and on-site concierge services. Underground parking is also included at many properties; please see individual listings for specific amenities.
Events at the WSCC
The Seattle convention center is host to a truly wide variety of different events and conventions. Depending on where you work, you may wind up visiting it on the clock, as the massive building regularly hosts professional retreats and corporate boot camps. The events hosted have grown more numerous and diverse since the building's founding 25 years ago, with a solid selection of amazing annual events alongside less regular conferences and meetings.
PAX (short for Penny Arcade Expo) is an amazing convention in September that brings all the vibrant energy of the video game community together, featuring high-profile guests, musical performances, and more. MozCon, which offers a fun, yet in-depth approach to digital marketing, also convenes in September, bringing a host of actionable information, knowledge, and guest speakers with it.
Seattle Interactive meets a month later, boasting an incredible reputation as the Pacific Northwest's premier technology show with plenty of hands-on demonstrations of the latest inventions. Naturalists will delight at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February, which floods the convention center with greenery in the form of dozens of colorful arboreal displays.
Dining Around Seattle's Convention Center
When it comes time to eat, you'll have a stunning variety of dining options nearby to choose from. If you're in a hurry, grab a crepe at La Crêperie Voilà, or a salad/smoothie combo at Juicy Café. Classic deli food is available at Goldberg's 2 Go, and Espresso Caffé Dior. For something spicy, try Daawat Indian Grill & Bar or Taco Del Mar.
Some other great nearby options include custom pizzas at Mod Pizza, delicious sandwiches and tossed-to-order salads at Wild Rye Café Bakery, oysters and shellfish at Blueacre Seafood, Spanish tapas at Tango, Greek food at Lola, and the Korean buffet at Umma's Lunch Box. There are options to please every palate, though, so take a look around or ask someone to find your prize!
Attractions Near the Convention Center
Once you've had your fill of amazing sights and sounds, you can step out of the Seattle conference center and right into the heart of the city! The WSCC boasts an absolutely incredible location in the city's downtown, surrounded by dozens upon dozens of shopping and dining opportunities - chief among them, the world-famous Pike Place Market just a few blocks away. The marketplace offers fresh ocean air and daily catches for those in the mood for fresh seafood - purchase some to cook up in your rental's private kitchen!
Public transportation nearby makes reaching other parts of the city a breeze, like Belltown's bustling nightlife
and marina to the north. Just a little further north is the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood
, which is perfect for those leaving the convention center with their families. Between the fun of the Seattle Center, exhibits of the EMP Museum, and the iconic Space Needle, you're sure to have an unforgettable time.
Next time a convention brings you to Seattle, consider lodging with Vacasa for all the comfort and privacy of home—without compromising on convenience or location!
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