Hey guys! Because I’ve been so busy with my own travels these days, I’ve decided to introduce some guest bloggers so I can still share helpful new content with you guys regularly! This week’s post is by fellow budget traveler Jayson Goetz from Phoenix, AZ. Jayson shares my love for spreading the message that you don’t have to be rich to travel the world! Hope you enjoy 🙂
While vacationing, it’s easy to break the bank. Forget the budget. It’s time to party, right? There’s a time and place for dropping cash like it’s stolen, and there are plenty of things to do in Seattle, but this guide is for those of us who want some money left for groceries when we get home after our long weekend. Whether you’re headed to a wedding, a reunion, a graduation trip, or you’re just trying to explore the expansive northwest in more detail, this guide will help you choose when to go to Seattle, what to do when you get there, and how to get around the Emerald City. Plus, everything in this guide will cost you less than a Big Mac meal and a chocolate shake (approximately ten dollars).
Best Time of Year to Visit Seattle
If you’re trying to swim in one of Seattle’s many surrounding lakes, it’s recommended you visit between June and August, when you’ll find summer average temperatures to be in the mid to low seventies. Summer marks the high season for travelers, so if you choose to go during those warmer months expect less availability for lodging and higher rates to book those rooms. It’s recommended that if you don’t mind the milder weather (fifty to seventy degrees), that you wait until the droves of tourists go back whence they came. Show up in September or October to find bargain prices on hotel rooms and an abundance of fall festivals to explore.
Tourist Attractions in Seattle & What You Can Do For Free
Between Pike and Pine Streets you’ll find the Pike Place Market, one of the few authentic farmer’s markets in the United States. Take a free walk along a boardwalk packed delicious scents, delectable eats, and fishermen tossing fish down at the pier. Visit the Fremont Troll under the Fremont bridge at Aurora Ave N. for a memorable snapshot to show friends at home. Climbing is highly encouraged! When you’re tired of the city bustle, take a moment to yourself with a visit to a secluded hide-away in the center of the city, UPS Waterfall Garden Park, which features a 22-foot tall waterfall in the middle of Pioneer Square. For an excuse to meet some locals, Café Mox is the spot. Known more for its board games than its brews, the café is a great place to meet people over a game of role play. Be sure to check their schedule for tournaments before you stop by.
Lakes in Seattle
If it’s warm enough, navigate to Sandpoint and dip a toe or an elbow in Lake Washington. Save time over the weekend for a second dip if you can swing it, but this time by making your way around the other side of the lake. Admire the city’s floating bridge from afar while you wander through the tall grass at Lake Washington Boulevard Park.
Nightlife in Seattle on a Budget
For an unusual take on the term ‘night out’, Quarter Lounge won’t ever change. They’re an unfussy bar on Madison Street that allows patrons to bring their own food. They’ve got pool, darts, and bar snacks if you choose to leave the PB&J at home. Perfect for a night spent drinking and hanging out without spending that extra $30 on food for the night. The next place will warm your heart and poison your liver, which is really all most of their patrons are looking for anyway. The Tin Hat offers free pinball on Sundays, a $4.50 pitcher of PBR during happy hour, and friendly patrons and staff who will all be willing to talk about the strange painting of Burt Reynolds on the wall.
Fall Festivals in Seattle
There are so many things to do in the fall in Seattle! Blame it on the gorgeous golden falling leaves or the brisk mornings, the varieties of apple cider available everywhere, whatever it is, there is something romantic in the air in September and October. Whether you want to take part in a zombie walk downtown, drink fresh brews at the local Oktoberfest, or you want to kick back on a boat and while snacking and drinking, there is literally something for everyone. Here’s an extensive list of events going on around Seattle as well as some deals on those events this fall.
Budget Transportation in Seattle
Sound Transit’s Link light rail runs in a 40-minute loop from Angle Lake Station to the University of Washington through downtown Seattle. It making 14 stops every 6-15 minutes depending on the day, including Sea-Tac airport and downtown Seattle. One-way fare for adults ranges from $2.25 to $3.25. Not bad for public transport. The King County Metro buses are reputably less reliable, but they provide service in and around downtown Seattle. If you’re feeling confidant, it’s recommended that you rent a bike. Be prepared for hilly terrain, but aside from that Seattle is one of the most biker friendly cities in the country. You’ll get the nod from at least three other local bikers on your journey from Lake Washington over to the Tin Hat. For a comprehensive list of transit options, stopover to the Visit Seattle transportation page.
Have you visited Seattle and have any travel tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below and on social media!