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Danish
Los Angeles

Seattle, Vancouver

Visiting Seattle and Vancouver in March

Hi guys,


My friend and I are planning taking a quick 4 day trip to Seattle and Vancouver the weekend of March 28th.  In terms of weather, would it okay to go or would it be a waste of money and time?

Thanks!


19 Answers

top answer by
Briana from Seattle

Late March can widely vary with weather.  Regardless, you'll get one of two trips (both worthwhile in my opinion).

1) Quintessential gray, rainy, mid 40s weather- It'll be a lot more sweaters and raincoat weather, perfect for visiting coffee shops, museums, stores, and all the really good restaurants in both cities.

2) Surprisingly Sunny, mid 50s-60s- This will make it easier to enjoy the outdoors in both cities. You can explore more parks (Gasworks Park Marina in Seattle, for example) and do more outdoor tours.

Either way it'll be a fun trip.  I'd plan for some of both indoor & outdoor activities and expect to adjust your plans based on the weather.


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  1. Gasworks Park Marina (attraction)
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answered first by
Tony from Seattle

You're looking at low-60s that time of year and it's pretty hit and miss in terms of rain. On average, March is about 2/3 cloudy and April is about 1/2 cloudy, so your odds aren't terrible.  Rain in the Northwest is not like the rest of the world-- it tends to be misting and rarely pours (most Seattleites joke that only tourists use umbrellas because of this).

Bring a sweater, a light rain jacket, and a willingness to walk around in light rain and you'll be fine!  

For maximum weather awesomeness, mid-July is your best bet.


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answered by
Roy from North Vancouver

The weather in Vancouver & Seattle is very similar - by end of March should be in the 50'sF. It could be beautiful and sunny or raining. Either way, there is lots to see and do - if raining concentrate on indoor activities. Four days is not enough time really - I would recommend flying to Seattle (cheaper airfare) and renting a car - stay two nights in Seattle and two in Vancouver - it is about a 3hr drive - remember you need a passport to cross the boarder.  

Depending on your interests - museums, live shows, fine dining or clubbing there is lots to do.


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  1. Vancouver (city)
  2. Seattle (city)
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answered by
Kristine from Calgary

The weather this time of year can be spectacular.  It should be around 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 65°F) or even better. Spring blooms should be out (the cherry trees are wonderous).  But, evenings are cool (but above freezing) so you should bring a good jacket (layering is best). Make sure to bring an umbrella and good rain jacket. Vancouver is known for its rain, and it's still early spring so be prepared for it.


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  1. Vancouver (city)
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answered by
Malcolm from Vancouver

If you don't mind the rain...then I say go for it. Both cities share very similar weather. It's been a mild winter for us and it probably won't get too cold. However, we do have the nickname of "Raincity".

There's still a bunch of things to do and eat. You won't get the same outdoor experience Vancouver is known for as in the summer, but a trip is always a good idea. Just bring an umbrella or raincoat.


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answered by
Joel from Vancouver

It will more than likely be raining and somewhat cold (10 Deg Celsius). If you're into skiiing or snowboarding it will still be a great time to visit the mountains or Whistler.
Otherwise if you plan on doing a lot of walking about town and seeing the parks etc... it may not be the best time...


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answered by
Todd from Seattle

Well, it depend on how much you like rain!? Seriously, March is a very difficult month to depend on weather wise ... we've received almost 4 inches of rain this month and it's only the 6th! However, it doesn't make either city less beautiful. If you're a skier ... Whistler is a must, Crystal Mountain Resort or Stevens Pass Ski Area are good too. Always great food and things to do in both towns. If you want sun ... August and September are the best bets!!


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  3. Stevens Pass Ski Area (attraction)
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answered by
Dwayne

Greetings Danish,

If you don't mind rain, you'll be fine.  This time of year it' s typically around 50f, and mostly cloudy.  Clear skies and sunshine is rare, but does happen from time to time in March. Worry not, the rain isn't an excuse not to get outside and see the area.  Buy a good rain coat and hit the trails.  If that's not your thing, then we have mirco-brews, coffee, cannabis, and great live music that'll fix you right up.  Whatever your vice, we got you covered:)  All that said, if I could pick a perfect time to visit Seattle, it would be the middle of July. No rain, crystal clear blue skies, snow capped mountains, and between 75-80f.
 

Cheers,


Dwayne


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answered by
Mark from Budapest

As others have said - weather then is likely high 40's low 50s F and likely rain - best case 'mostly cloudy'.    Realistically, if you want to visit at at time when 'good' weather can be assured that would be July-Sept - other months than those are risky - no matter what anyone tells you.


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answered by
Jon from Omaha

it is probably raining but still worth it...food will be great then!


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answered by
Bryce from Kamloops

A rainy day in Vancouver (or Seattle) can still be lots of fun. Just make sure you pack that umbella and/or raincoat!


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answered by
Annie from New York City

Best weather is July & August.  However, most of the time, Seattle can be misty, but it usually clears up by the afternoon.  March is great - just don't go expecting full sunshine.  People there are outdoors no matter the weather.


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answered by
Stephanie

Fair warning that the weather will be mild (and possibly rainy) when you visit at the end of March with temps ranging from 45-60 degrees. if you don't mind some rain, go for it. Otherwise, July through October is more our "summer" season.


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answered by
Rick from Langley (Canada)

Be prepared for rain but temperatures should be pretty mild. imo its never a waste of time or money to visit either city any time of the year no matter your interests. Enjoy


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answered by
Shari

It will most likely be rainy 3 of the 4 days.


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answered by
Austin from Capitol Hill Neighborhood

If you're looking for warmth and sun, you won't find it, but you'll likely get some pretty typical Pacific Northwest weather. Grey, maybe a little bit of drizzly rain, but not too cold. Only you can decide if that makes it a waste of time, but there is plenty to keep you busy if you do come.


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answered by
Brownie from Vancouver

It will be cool around 10 C and most likely wet.  Dress properly and bring an umbrella 


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answered by
Joann from Seattle

We can get beautiful weather in the spring. But no guarantees. Hard to see much of Seattle in just two days. Suggest seeing either Seattle OR Vancouver.




answered by
Ky from Hawaii

Rain is always a consideration in the area, yet if it's snow you are concerned with, that would be far less likely.






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