I’ve been in crazy planning mode for my Seattle trip next month. This is the first time I’m traveling alone to a new city here in the U.S. where I don’t know anyone beforehand. In the last couple of years, I’ve been to Burlington, Montpelier, Harrisburg, Portland ME, San Francisco– all where I had friends or family, or I was with Andy. This will be a whole new adventure!
I find myself focusing on details more than I usually do. I want to know my dining out options beforehand, and which neighborhoods to focus on, and have specific activities outlined before I get to Seattle. Of course, I’ll still leave room for afternoons spent photographing and popping into wherever looks inviting, but having no one but myself to spend time with means lots of sightseeing. It turns out, I’m spoiled for choice!
In my research, I’ve found plenty of things to do in Seattle, in the free, low cost, and willing to spend a bit more categories.
FREE IN SEATTLE
- The Frye Art Museum
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Ballard Locks
- Center for Wooden Boats (free public rides every Sunday on Lake Union, all year long!)
- Washington Park Arboretum
- Other beautiful parks like Gasworks Park, Alki Beach, Discovery Park, Seward Park, and Kerry Park.
- The Seattle Central Library is gorgeous!
- Enjoy sunrises and/or sunsets over all of Seattle’s bodies of water: Elliot Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Union, and Lake Washington
CHEAP IN SEATTLE
- Seattle Walking Tours: pay what you feel!
- International District (so many wonderful cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, etc)
- Ride the Puget Sound Ferry ($7.70 RT)
- Smith Tower (not as tall as the Space Needle, but less than half price and a whole different perspective on the city) (aaaand just found out it’s closed for the winter)
- Seattle Monorail ($2.25 O/W)
- Happy hours!
- Rent a bike and cycle the Burke-Gilman Trail along the Lake Union waterfront
- I just bought a Groupon for an architectural walking tour in Downtown Seattle– I’m all about the tours lately!
WILLING TO SPEND A BIT MORE IN SEATTLE
- Visit Olympic National Park and/or Mount Rainier National Park (stay tuned for details!)
- Ride the Seattle Great Wheel. How could I not ride one of the biggest Ferris Wheels in the country? Also, this wheel has enclosed gondolas, like another one I visited on a solo trip:
Are you familiar with Seattle? Did I leave anything out? Let me know in the comments!