If you are planning a trip to Seattle and are like me who loves those "mini" vaycays then you are in the right place!
Seattle is beautiful and mirrors my two favorite cities, New York and Vancouver.
If you are looking for a quick getaway for the weekend then I have the best places to visit all while staying on budget!
The first place you should visit while being super budget friendly is the Worlds first Starbucks café! I am a huge coffee lover and to see the birth of Starbucks is nothing short of magical! ( okay, I am a bit dramatic but I do love my Starbucks) Opened in Pike Place Market back in 1971 this little café still has the original Starbucks logo with the boobies! AWESOME
That brings me to my next stop, Pike Place Market which is an open public market with several floors of shops galore! The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States. You can buy some gum at the candy store there and head down passed the fisher mongers and watch them sing and throw fish around. Then you can pass the golden pig and follow the steps down to Ghost Alley and you will see the iconic wall of gum! There you can chew your gum and place it with the millions of pieces stuck to the wall. People have written their names along with drawings! It is most definitely a site to see.
The next stop would be the underground tours! The Seattle Underground is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle that was ground level at the city's origin in the mid-19th century. Due to flooding and the great Seattle fire, the streets were raised and a new Seattle was built. The Underground is renowned for paranormal spirits thought to be the neighborhood’s notoriously murdered, unrequited souls. We recommend doing the "Paranormal Experience".Search for paranormal activity using the same sophisticated investigative equipment employed by trained professional paranormal investigators. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ride the monorail from Pike Place Market ( approx. $2.50) per person to the amazing Space Needle. The monorail, which cost $3.5 million to build, opened on March 24, 1962 for the fair held at the current site of Seattle Center. Eight million people rode the monorail during the half year the fair was open.
The final stop is the Space Needle observatory. Built for the 1962 world fair, this building stands as the tallest structure west of the Mississippi river. This is the best spot to view the whole city and Is rather breathtaking. You can find tickets here.
Finally, if you are looking for a budget friendly but still amazing place to stay we recommend Springhill suites by the Marriott hotel. Located conveniently at the entrance to I-5 S and one block to I-5 N, Marriott SpringHill Suites puts you in the middle of everything. Only 5 blocks to the downtown retail district and only a short shuttle ride to the Space Needle and Convention Center. This 4 star hotel also has complimentary buffet breakfast, snack bar, pool and high speed internet.
If you are looking to get around we recommend LYFT or UBER. There is no point trying to take a taxi as they will take forever. If you sign up with UBER you get a $15 credit and you get more points as you recommend people! We loved taking the UBER to all our fave places!
Well there you have it folks! Seattle in a weekend... because really who has time to sleep... <3
Every time I go to Vegas ( counting my 9th time) it always seems to be a bit of a difference experience.
The first time I went to Vegas I had no idea what I was doing. I was 22 I believe, a spontaneous trip was booked and I bought the first expedia booking to.. Circus Circus.. NEVER AGAIN. Well, I have to admit CC was fun! My boyfriend ( now husband) was terrified of any rollercoasters or rides really.. and I was able to push him to ride the kid roller coasters! I ended the trip with drunken tattoos on my wrists... and a shirt that said " what happens in vegas stays on facebook"... enough said.
The second time I went to Vegas was with a few friends and I got terribly sick off of mimosas because we decided that the $25 buffet was too expensive and decided to fill up on alcohol and then later puked and didn't enjoy our Parisian dinner. My hand got accidentally slammed in a van door by my husband... again enough said lol.
The third time I went to Vegas I actually almost died. my drink was spiked and I ended up passing out in the bathroom of the marquee night club and my life legit passed before my eyes... it was stupid scary ....
The fourth trip was with my 2 best friends and we stayed far away from clubs. We used our friends points and ended up having a pretty amazing trip!
My fifth time was with the same friend and again we had a great time! We met up with these men from I forgot where? They were good looking but by the end of the night I was dragging my friend away cuz the one ended up being a creep! Surpise surpise! We ate chicken strips on a huuuge bed outside the next day and lived like queens!
The sixth time I went for my husbands birthday! My brother in law came this time and we went with out other two close friends! THIS TRIP WE DID VEGAS SOOO WELL. We booked a pool party which was crazy out of this world amazing! Our friends got engaged and we were drunk for the whole trip and did a pub crawl!!! Also I didn't die so that was a bonus!
The 7th time I went with my cousins and that was a blast! We had a photo-shoot that ended up being published in a euro magazine! We danced, drank, laughed, drank again and had a great time!
The 8th time was with my travel and business buddy! We did a whole bunch of photo-shoots and for the first time we travelled outside the strip! We visited red rock and even attempted to get to the Grand Canyon although that trip was cut short as the entrance we needed to get to was closed. We were devastated but promised that one day we would return!
The 9th trip was most recently and again so very different than my other trips but just as equally amazing! We went to visit some friends/clients in Vegas since they had moved there! We took some photos of their babes and stayed with them in their home! It was funny at one point our friends laughed as they could see my reaction... for the first time from the airport I wasn't driving to " the strip". That I was experiencing how the normal Navadians live! We stayed at their beautiful home and even participated in the regular life of Christmas concerts! We did do one day on the strip and basically got drunk off of alcoholic ice teas! What was ahhmazing was the District shopping area where we ate at rachels Kitchen. The food was top notch!
Container Park was also ahhhmazing and is your one stop shop with over 38 shops and restaurants ANDDD everything is made of repurposed shipping containers!
My next trip to Vegas will be my 10th time! Cant wait to hit the double digits <3
Vegas, until next time.