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Trip List by ewizabeff

On a budget in Seattle

Jun 4, 2006  recent trip to Seattle, "poor grad student"
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 13 votes

Helpful hints on how to see the sights in Seattle without all of the expense!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Seattle
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Singles, Families with small children, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Moore Hotel
    Moore Hotel, Seattle, Washington

    you're looking for a great location without a lot of expense, the Moore
    Hotel is for you. For those on an extremely tight budget, you can
    choose a European-style room (where you share a bathroom), but even our
    standard double suite was only $100/night with taxes during peak
    season. This hotel is only 2 blocks from the Pike Place Market, and
    within walking or bus distance from Pioneer Square, the Space Needle,
    shopping, and more. Ask for a Seattle tourist map when you arrive - it points out all the areas of interest. The front desk staff is very friendly and knowledgable, so if you have a question - ask!

  • 2. Breakfast: Piroshky Piroshky
    Piroshky Piroshky, Seattle, Washington

    For breakfast, or any other meal, stop at Piroshky Piroshky. The Russian pastry shop offers cinnamon rolls for breakfast and piroshky (pastry filled with meat and/or vegetables) for other meals at about $3 each. There is a small counter with seating for 4, but there are also tables inside the market plaza to eat at. While eating, browse a book about the owner's history coming to America and making Piroshkieys

  • 3. Pike Place Market
    Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington

    pure entertainment with no admission fee! Stop by the Pike Place Fish
    Market and watch the fish mongers yell and throw fish for each order.
    Stop and speak with a local artisan as you watch them create their
    crafts. Make sure you grab a map - there are hundreds of stores/stands at the market, but it's almost a maze trying to find them all! Bring your camera, because you can get many of the
    postcard-perfect shots on your own!

  • 4. Lunch: Three Girls Bakery

    When it's time for lunch, you can't beat Three Girls Bakery. Sandwiches or soup are less than $5 a piece, are made to order, and are absolutely delicious. If you're still hungry after lunch, they offer lots of dessert options for just a few dollars. The counter staff is attentive and friendly, so make sure you grab a seat instead of getting lunch to go.

  • 5. Ride the bus for free!

    you want to save your feet but don't want to pay for a cab, ride the
    bus for free in downtown Seattle from 6AM - 7PM. Just check for the
    "free ride area" sign at the bus stop, or pick up a downtown map that
    details the area. From the Pike Place Market you can take the bus to Pioneer Square, *almost* to Seattle Center and the Space Needle (you'll need to walk a few blocks), or any other downtown Seattle attraction. Since it's free, just ride around until you find what you like!

  • 6. Dinner & Shopping: Pacific Place
    Pacific Place, Seattle, Washington

    After a long day of sight-seeing, take the bus to 6th & Pine and enter the Pacific Place shopping mall. While most of the stores are pretty high-end, they offer fabulous window shopping opportunities. Stop at the concierge desk on the first floor and pick up a dining coupon book - you will be eligible for free appetizers, desserts, or discounts at many of the restaurants within the mall. Ask how big the free item is first, as you might want to adjust your order appropriately (example: at the Mexican Restaurant, the free bean & cheese nacho plate was so humongous, 2 of us could have shared an entree afterwards).