Seattle feels like the capital of the PNW (Pacific Northwest). When I think of this beautiful city Grey’s Anatomy, Pike Place Market, Amazon, Starbucks, and Alaskan cruises come to mind. Recently it seems that a lot of my friends have decided to call this city home. So my husband and I decided to venture out to the Emerald City for a long weekend. We crammed in everything we could and I’m confident that we have come up with the ultimate Seattle travel & cruise guide.
Things to See
There is literally something for everyone in Seattle. Foodies can find haven at Pike Place Market and outdoor adventurers can find wonder with orcas near the San Juan Islands. If you are into sightseeing the famous Sky Needle and Chihuly Glass Museum is a must with the Seattle CityPASS. Here are some of my tips for things to see:
–Seattle CityPASS: For 46% off of standard ticket prices, these tickets include admission to the Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium. You also get to pick three of the following: Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture, Woodland Park Zoo, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass.
-Komo Plaza: Any Grey’s Anatomy fan will recognize this plaza and it’s helipad from the show. It is right across from the Space Needle.
-Pike Place Market: See why this is hailed as one of the best open markets in the world. Eat, drink, and adore the beautiful artists and shops. Watch out for flying fish!
-By the Harbor: The Seattle Great Wheel, Harbor Cruises
-Outdoors Fun: Hiking, Kerry Park, Kayak with Orcas, Woodland Park Zoo, Olympic Sculpture Park
-Seattle Art Museum
What to Eat:
Seattle is foodie heaven! If you love seafood it is going to be your mecca. There are so many delicious options. I’m going to list a few of my favorite’s below for this Seattle Travel & Cruise Guide!
-City Seafood Market
-Rachel’s Ginger Beer
-Three Sister’s Bakery
Where to Stay:
–W Hotel: We personally stayed here and loved it! This is a good choice based on location and if you are a Marriott Bonvoy fan. The beds were so comfortable.
–Fairmont Olympic Hotel: This is a Seattle classic and is located right next to the W.
–Thompson by Hyatt: This hotel has a beautiful rooftop bar with gorgeous harbor views.
–The State Hotel: If you want to be in the heart of Pike Place Market, this is where you need to be.
–Charter Hotel, Curio by Hilton: Charter is a great Hilton option of being the heart of the city near the market and sights!
–May Flower Hotel: This budget friendly boutique hotel is located right by midtown are and Pike Place.
–The Edgewater: Located right next to the port of Seattle, you can’t get any closer to the water than this.
–Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: This is a great option if you are looking to stay near the airport for an early flight.
–Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport: This hotel is another option if you want full service hotel features by the airport.
How to Get Around:
-Lime Bikes and Electric Scooters
-Uber and Taxis
-Electric Bus/Cable Cars
-Link Light Rail
–Kiwi Taxi for Airport Transportation
Final Thoughts & Things to Keep in Mind
Seattle is not the cheapest city to spend the night in. I found that ubers to go 3 miles were around $25. Be prepared to spend a little more money versus other ports like Florida. With that being said, this is truly a wonderful city that I plan on going back to very soon. It is a great city to cruise out of.
I hope you enjoyed this Seattle Travel & Cruise Guide!
Do you like cruises? Check out this other post here!