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My teen son was at a convention which left me nothing to do but explore the sights and tastes of Seattle on my own. Worked out great!
Quiet, clean, great location and with a view of the Space Needle from the North Tower.
Concierge gave excellent recommendations for everything from free bus service to organized tours.
Flowers are cheap enough to take back to the hotel to enjoy for the weekend and not feel bad. Lots of local artisans. Food is mostly pricy and hard to eat while being bumped or walking along. Street musicians were very good. I went back several times and found things I'd missed each time. Lots of fun to browse or pick up souvenirs.
Cinnamon rolls look better (and softer) than they taste, so choose wisely. Pastries with fruit filling tasted as good as they looked, but most of it stuck to the paper they wrap it in. Ask for a box if you're getting several items.
Decent place for a local beer but if you're hungry, not recommended (very small portions).
Free attraction outside the downtown area. Mini version of the Panama Canal, Fish Ladder and educational viewing area, botanical gardens, park area to sit and enjoy the view. If you miss this, you miss a lot.
Not sure if the view and the pictures I took were worth $20, but I couldn't leave Seattle without visiting the top of the Space Needle.
The best eatery find of the trip! You won't find better value for money, but get there before 5pm when they close.
Pick up a Hard Rock souvenir for Seattle then move on down the street to the Pike Place Market for more of what you came to Seattle for in the first place.
Everything from food court, groceries, housewares to clothing. The closest you can get to shopping in Japan without leaving the US.
Take a free bus (Metro 99 to 5th Street South) or Light Rail to the International District.
Authentic Japanese cuisine, bakeries and any Japanese food you can imagine... all ready to eat or take away.
Take the 99 bus for a scenic view of downtown Seattle. Get off and on as you like. Bus will be back every 15-20 minutes. There are free times for other city buses, too, so if you know what street you want (eg Pike and 4th), ask the driver and take any bus that goes there.
Well worth $48 for a 3 hour tour of Seattle downtown and outlying areas. Guide/driver was talking the entire time about everything we wanted to know. There were only 5 people on the tour and never more than 14. We got to watch boats going through the locks and stopped for important photo ops. Ask for John. He's funny and knows Seattle!