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Seattle

 

 

Driving distance from:

Olympia: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Vancouver, B.C.:  2 hours, 33 minutes

Portland: 2 hours, 55 minutes

Spokane: 4 hours, 39 minutes 

Seattle skyline

 

 

 

 

 

Founded: 1851 (according to the City of Seattle web site)

 Population: 616,627 (2009 U.S. Census estimate)

Name Meaning: Derivative of Sealth, a Duwamish Indian leader who helped early settlers.

Did You Know … Seattle is the hometown of musician Jimi Hendrix, billionaire Bill Gates , and comedian Ryan Stiles.

Ah, Seattle. The Seahawks. The rain. The geoducks (Really now, where else can you get all three?). Seattle is the twenty-third largest city in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census. You probably already have an idea of what you can expect from a city of that size: dense traffic, no parking, and overpriced everything. To a degree, you’d be right, but I’m going introduce you to some fun, cheap ideas to do there that will hopefully change that perspective of the emerald city.

Andrea’s Favorite:

Just a sample of the abundant produce you'll find at Pike Place

 

Freebie: Pike Place Market. Yes, I realize a market isn’t usually considered a “freebie,” but this truly is a place where you can spend no money and still have fun, I promise. I once spent an afternoon here with a group of friends on a scavenger hunt. We scoured different booths and stores for what we were looking for, took a picture, and moved on to the next item on our list. It was a great way to orient myself with the market and have fun with friends, and it didn’t cost a dime.

One of Pike Place's famous fish thowers

If you do decide break out your wallet, however, you are sure to find whatever you need at Pike Place. Nicknamed the “Soul of Seattle,” this diverse market has over 400 merchants, selling art, clothing, jewelry, flowers, farm produce, groceries, wine, homemade crafts, kitchen supplies, and so on and so forth. If you’re famished from shopping, eat at one of the market’s 66 restaurants. You also might want to check out the world’s first Starbucks, in front of which you will occasionally hear an amazing a cappella group in the winter. Also, don’t miss the famous fish throwers at Pike Place Fish Co.

Restaurant: Ivar’s. If you’re on a budget, make sure you go to Ivar’s Pier 54 Fish Bar, not the adjacent Ivar’s Acres of Clams. Both serve delicious food and are located on the beautiful Seattle waterfront, but Pier 54 is about half the price. It is also outdoors but offers a covered dining area. Pier 54 has a fast food atmosphere to it, and its menu is a bit smaller, but the food is just as good as Acres of Clams.

Safeco field, home field of the Mariners

Discount: Go to a Mariners game. Seats start at just $7. I’ve sat in the cheapest seats and didn’t feel like the experience was worse than any other seat I’ve had. Occasionally, packaged group ticket deals are offered on the Mariners’ web site, such as four tickets, four hot dogs, and four drinks for $90. And while you’re getting food, have some garlic fries for me (cue watering mouth). Also, you can park for free by Sears, less than one mile from the stadium.

 

 

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