Budget Travel in Seattle: How to Do a Weekend for $400
Seattle's a tech mecca, a booming beer town, the birthplace of grunge, and coffee heaven, but is it also a budget travel hot spot? It can be! You'll just have to be a little bit savvy. In fact, with our help you can visit Seattle for just about $400 for a weekend (not including airfare, of course). That's not too shabby! Here's how you can make your budget travel dreams come true in the Emerald City.
Hotels: about $250
Seattle's hotels run a little bit more than some other major cities, but we promise this won't blow your whole budget. Plus, you'll find many options include upscale amenities or have prime locations that'll make it feel well worth your buck.
Westin Seattle: This 4-star hotel has an indoor pool and it's right in the heart of downtown, making it a cinch to get around (starting at $260/night).
The Inn at Virginia Mason: Close to the Seattle University campus, it's convenient for students and visiting parents alike, plus it's only a 10-minute walk from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery (starting at $250/night).
Warwick Seattle: Next door to a Cinerama theater and only a 10- to 15-minute walk from Pike Place and Pier 66, this is a prime location for sightseers (starting at $255/night).
Eating Out: about $47.50
Seattle's dining scene is divine, and there's no reason you should miss out on any of it just because you're traveling on a dime. We rounded up a few of our favorite deals to give you a sampling of some of the city's freshest and most interesting cuisines:
Lunch on Day 1: $13 for $20 worth of lunch or brunch at Fins Bistro
Dinner on Day 1: $10.50 for $20 worth of Bosnian cuisine at Sarajevo Lounge
Lunch on Day 2: $12 for $20 worth of sushi at Mejari Fusion Sushi
Take a Tour: about $35–$40
Seattle isn't as big as a lot of other major cities: it's no Chicago, LA, or New York. But it's still a bustling metroplis with lots of distinct neighborhoods worth seeing, and what better way to do that than on a tour? Check out a few of our faves:
Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tours: Stroll through Seattle's historic district stopping at famous sites including the Pioneer Square Hotel and Smith Tower while learning about the city's seedier, spookier history ($17.50 for admission for two).
Seattle Architectural Foundation: Check out hidden spaces, learn about Gold Rush–era construction, and gain some appreciation for the city's modern marvels ($18.50 for admission for two).
City Sightseeing: Tour the city at your own pace with a convenient hop-on, hop-off bus that makes 14 stops at landmarks including the Space Needle, Chinatown, and Pike Place Market ($36.50 for admission for one).
Other Sightseeing: $30–$60
Before you leave this corner of the Pacific Northwest behind, why not try to pack in a little more fun? Hit the water, sip local brews, or do something totally new.
Northwest Paddle Surfers: Go paddleboarding on the tranquil waters of Lake Washington, which separates Seattle from neighboring Bellevue ($31.25 for a two-hour standup paddleboard rental).
Emerald City Pirates: Hop aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge for an interactive 60-minute pirate cruise that'll entertain kids and adults alike ($42 for admission for two adults).
Seattle Brewery Walking Tours: Meet at Reuben's Brews in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle before heading out to sample IPAs, ales, and more at local breweries ($60 for admission for one).
Luigi's Italian Eatery: Learn how to prepare an elegant five-course Italian meal that you'll get to feast on at the end of the session ($37.50 for 5-course cooking class for one).