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