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The Uncomplicated Seattle Vacation

Welcome to the rainiest city in the United States, known for its nature-rich Salish Sea and soap-opera style doctors.

With plenty to do for the foodie, kid at heart, and all around adventurer, Seattle can be the solve-all vacation for any traveler.

While Seattle is an ideal location for a weekend trip filled with activities for all types, staying the night in a Seattle hotel may break the bank enough to make a trip seem inaccessible. By staying in a hotel north of the city, you can guard your budget by saving on food, hotels, and parking.

Here are a few tips on completing your uncomplicated Seattle vacation.

1. Play in Seattle, sleep in Seattle NorthCountry.

With plenty to do in Seattle, most of your vacation fund should go towards memories, not where you sleep.

Book a hotel for half the price of a Seattle lodging in one of Seattle’s neighboring cities like Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Bothell or Lynnwood. All have a variety of places to stay, as well as food options that will satisfy your need for pleasurable dining. Seattle NorthCountry lodging information, here.

If you’re looking for some outdoor recreation, you will only be a skip away from some of the best hiking, kayaking, biking, and more that the PNW has to offer.

2. Park smart, or don’t park at all.

The most common complaint Seattleites have: finding a parking spot. Avoid this mid-drive argument by choosing an alternative way of transportation.

Uber and Lyft are both available in Snohomish County and Seattle, and are common ways for individuals, families, and couples to get from one place to the next. These services are especially convenient for folks toting strollers or other kid-traveling accessories. Just keep in mind that Uber and Lyft drivers can’t accommodate car seats for younger kids, so keep that in mind while planning.

Community Transit and King County Metro Transit can be an easy way to get around with a little planning. You can pay for bus fare with cash or by swiping a prepaid Orca Card. Available at a variety of locations throughout the region, using an Orca Card is not only easy, but it will also make you look like a local who knows what’s up.

3. Like museums? Buy a CityPASS

CityPASS gives you the flexibility to choose which museums you would like to visit in the Seattle Center, without having to pay the daunting prices. One adult CityPASS is $90, and includes 1 ticket to each of these Seattle staples:

  • Space Needle
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) OR the Woodland Park Zoo
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass OR the Pacific Science Center

Got a four year-old that likes giraffes, dinosaurs, and anything creepy crawly? Choose the Woodland Park Zoo and Pacific Science Center.

Got a 14-year-old that’s tip-toeing through vintage nerdom but also appreciates pretty objects? Choose MoPOP and the Chihuly Garden.

4. Skip the drinks, eat the treats.

Nothing beats a crisp drink after a long day of walking around the city. Well, except a personal-sized molten chocolate cake or a scoop of Elm Coffee & Westland Whiskey ice cream.

Really, you can buy booze anytime, anywhere. Make the most of your sweet-tooth by stopping by one of Seattle’s noteworthy dessert establishments.

Get a scoop of Stumptown Coffee ice cream from Molly Moon’s, a favorite of true die-hard Seattleites, or a serving of Honey Lavender from Salt & Straw’s new Capitol Hill location. For the best of both worlds, indulge in a personal chocolate hot cake and a side scoop of vanilla ice cream at one of Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery’s locations.

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