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My son and I decided to see Seattle in one day on foot! My husband had to take a class from work and the Hotel was pretty close to SeaTac Airport. Therefore, we had to make it to Downtown Seattle either by bus or the Link Light Rail. Because the Link Light Rail meant having only one stop, we decided to go with that one.
Planning a trip on the Link Light Rail was pretty easy. You can find the schedule online. We decided to go with the one day pass for $6.00(Adult) and $3(Youth:6-18 years old). It took us about 45 minutes to go from SeaTac Station to Westlake Station.
Once at Westlake Station, we just had to see Pike Place Market! There is something about visiting a market for me. I grew up going to the market every morning, I remember seeing raw beef, chicken and fish hanging at all the stands. Fruits being dropped off in big trucks, vegetables pouring off sacks… flowers on display and random crafts for sale. Needless to say, visiting a market that reminds me of “home” is more than heart warming.
We walked up and down the aisles, looked at fish, fruit, vegetables, flowers, crafts, clothing… of course, I shared a few stories from my childhood… including the first time I saw someone gut a fish! We laughed and of course, kept walking.
While at Pike Place Market, we saw Piroshky Piroshky Bakery. Last time we were in Seattle, there was a line out the door! So we had to try it… He picked the Smoked Salmon Pate and I chose the Coffee Cinnamon Roll. So good!! After that pit stop, we headed over to Starbucks, the first Starbucks ever! Mommy got her coffee and we were ready to keep on going!
Because last time we were in Seattle we visited Relish Bistro AND we tried their awesome Root Beer Float… we just had to go back! Let me tell you, I am the weird Peruvian girl who thinks Root Beer tastes like toothpaste(I know, I’m weird like that and yes, you may laugh)… This is probably the only Root Beer I will ever drink. It is a local Root Beer made by Big E Ales, it is sweet and flavorful, it is just amazing!
When you think of Seattle, you think of the Space Needle… so we had to head over there too! From Westlake Station you can take the Seattle Monorail. One-way fares: $2.25 per adult and $1 per youth(5-12), roundtrip is double the one-way fare. If possible, try to seat on the very front of the monorail, next to the driver… guarantees a great view rain or shine!
I definitely suggest visiting Groupon before committing to buying tickets at the gate, you never know when they will have a good deal to help you score some savings! Remember, most deals do not need to be printed and you can do it all from your smartphone.
If you have little ones, swing by the playground behind the Space Needle entrance… we spent about one hour climbing the structure. For older kids, the Pacific Science Center is an option besides the Space Needle. And of course, for any Music Fan… the Museum of Pop Culture is just a few steps away. If you need lunch(We didn’t because of the awesome Root Beer floats) there is a Food Court inside the Armory , lots of choices.
Later that night, once we met with my husband at the Hotel. We decided to drive back to Downtown for a last view of the city at night. We went straight to the Ferris Wheel to take some pictures, had dinner at Red Robin and drove around to see the Space Needle at night. I love the city lights.
What to bring:
A few things to consider when visiting Seattle… it may rain, and not a little but A LOT! Be prepared. Make sure to bring rain boots and a waterproof jacket. If you are walking around early morning, you will see lots of people heading to their office… and most of them have mastered the skill of walking and drinking coffee without a lid, be careful so you don’t bump into anyone and end up with coffee all over yourself.
So, can you do most of the highlights of Seattle in one day? Yes! On foot? Of course!
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