While some may be content to while away their vacation days laying by the pool or taking their fifth trip to Cabo, you, traveler, are not one of those people. You’re a trailblazer. You’re the first to uncover trendy new destinations—and all the hip places within them. Seattle, Washington is your perfect getaway. This city blazes trails of its own, attracting high-tech firms from around the country, launching successful music acts regularly, and still making time to grow organic, eat local, and create beautiful art. With cheap hotels in Seattle, you get more than just extra money in your pocket. You get access to natural wonders, quirky nightlife, and a visionary city that is an incomparable destination.
Things to Do in Seattle
Hotels in Seattle are near some of America’s most recognizable landmarks, from the towering Space Needle to the venerated neon sign of Pike Place Market and the somewhat less-revered Gum Wall, which, perhaps to your relief, was recently cleaned. Begin your busy day of sightseeing at the top of the Space Needle, where you can get a new perspective on life and scope out your future destinations. From the evergreen-covered mountain ranges to the east to Elliott Bay in the west, with downtown Seattle sparkling in between, this is one view you are sure to remember forever.
Do you spot Pike Place Market? This is one of the most popular—and iconic— things to do in Seattle, and you simply can’t miss it. A morning tour is a whirlwind of action: Chefs purchase their organic produce for the day, shoppers pick out colorful bouquets, and vendors and fishmongers shout prices over the melodic sounds of buskers tuning their instruments. Yes, the very first Starbucks is here, and there is other history here too, wanderer. The market is over one hundred years old. Be sure to visit market mascot Rachel the Pig, where you can share the wealth with a donation and rub her snout to earn a year of good luck.
Eating and Drinking
Speaking of Pike Place, it’s also a grand place to try Seattle’s version of a veritable seafood standby: chowder. Sure, New England and Manhattan have their versions, but this is something new and different. A silky smooth rendition with shellfish, salmon, vegetables, and plenty of cream and butter, Market Chowder will delight your taste buds—and inspire you to continue your epic food quest.
Wander your way south of Pike Place to downtown and Pioneer Square, two of the best places to stay in Seattle if you are a true foodie. Practice the art of oyster eating (swish, add a squirt of lemon, and slurp—you’re practically a professional) and let the smells of warm apple pies draw you in as you stroll the avenues. If you’re up for something bold, try a Seattle-style hot dog, which comes with cream cheese on it, or learn what a geoduck is. We can tell you that it doesn’t quack; it is actually a very large clam. If this sounds like your ideal itinerary, one of Seattle's waterfront hotels will suit you perfectly.
Thirsty? Seattle is the unofficial capital of coffee, but you don’t have to go to its most famous chain to enjoy a cup of steamy goodness. There are cafes on every corner offering up locally roasted, organic, artisan beans blended to excellence. If your desires lie with a more alcoholic beverage, you’re in luck: This city is also known for its craft breweries. With successful hop-growing areas just east of town, this is the freshest beer around.
Day Trips from Seattle
Seattle hotels are surrounded by nature, and there is something to be found in every season, for every type of traveler. Lovers of the great outdoors like you should plan on renting a car to experience some of the best Seattle day trips just outside city limits. Prepare to be awed by the natural beauty of the North Cascades, magnificent Mount Rainier, and the 90-foot plunge of Marymere Falls. The power of Mother Nature does not stop there, however. The jagged, plunging coastline cliffs of Olympic National Park are a powerful reminder of greater forces at work.
For a trip filled with man-made wonders, be sure you’ve packed your passport and make your way up to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, Canada. The stately and grandiose parliament building may make you think you’re in Europe, if only for a moment, and the historic James Bay neighborhood will bring you back in time as well. Of course, you simply must take a moment to sip high tea before you embark on the trip back to your Seattle lodging.
Feel the breeze in your hair as you ferry your way to outdoor adventures on the San Juan Islands. Which one fits your travel personality? Lopez Island is nicknamed the “Friendly Isle,” so if boundless farmland, miles of brilliant shoreline, and neighborly residents are your idea of a day well spent, you will feel right at home. If you seek adventure, climb the peaks of Orcas Island or cycle through the hilly terrain in search of rustic farms and quaint villages. If you are the type of globe-trotter who measures holiday success by the souvenirs you find, you don’t need to go far when your ferry docks at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Peruse antique stores and bookshops or browse the local galleries for a painting that captures the essence of your island experience.
If you yearn for a romp along green meadows and the clean, fresh air that only a park can provide, the Washington Park Arboretum awaits. Travel through Asia, North America, and Australia and New Zealand on an epic journey of discovery. The bright pinks and greens of Japanese maples, vivid reds of holly berries and showy blooms of camellias will look spectacular in your scrapbook for years to come.
If you are ready to map out your next trailblazing discoveries, allow Travelocity to help you settle upon where to stay in Seattle. Whether you are interested in the “Emerald City” for its delectable food and coffee, sensational outdoor activities, exemplary landmarks, or a combination of everything, this is a town that is sure to satisfy.