As I scrolled through my Twitter feed, I came across a tweet from Airfare Watchdog advertising $99 RT flights to Seattle. I started thinking about how it had been over a year since I had last traveled and how I had always wanted to explore the Pacific Northwest. But who would go with me? I thought about my recent solo day at Disneyland and remembered how much I loved being able to do what I wanted, when I wanted. So I bought my ticket to Seattle!
Where I Stayed
After getting my ticket, I quickly searched for somewhere to stay. Though I was hesitant about using Airbnb, I saw I could get $35 off my first stay and decided I would try it. Follow this link where you can get the discount too! Remember that it only works if you click the link BEFORE you create a profile – and it’s only for first-timers. I researched Seattle’s safety stats and found the entire city is overall extremely safe. I decided on the hip, young town of Capitol Hill, a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride to the city center. I found an awesome house-converted-hotel with a micro studio that had everything I needed for the short stay. Here’s the info in case you want to stay there too. I highly recommend it and I will only be staying there if I ever return to Seattle! With the first-timer discount, I only spent $124 total on lodging.
How I Got Around
From the airport, you can get to anywhere in Seattle via the Sound Transit light rail for about $2.50 – $3.00 in around 30 minutes. The public transportation in Seattle is the best! You do not need to rent a car unless you want to venture outside of the city. And if you’re only there for a few days, you will have plenty of things in the city to occupy your time. There are bus stops everywhere and they are so efficient. You need a separate ticket if you’re riding during “peak” time vs. “non-peak” time so you may be $5.00+ per day on bus fare. Still way cheaper than a rental car or Uber (and no worrying or extra fees for parking). I would estimate I spent about $25 on transportation total. You can plan your trip via the Sound Transit trip planner tool. I didn’t use it myself (because I didn’t know about it) but it looks to be very useful! Google Maps worked great for me though.
What I Did
I would like to preface this with explaining that I wanted to do things that were not too touristy. I’m glad I did! Here’s the list:
- Schmitz Park (5551 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116) – This park is more of a forest in the middle of a residential area. It only takes about 15 minutes to get from one end to the other but it is a magical 15 minutes. You’ll want to go through again and linger, admiring the foliage. I guarantee it. It is in West Seattle so it may be a little out of the way for some, but it is definitely worth it. Plus the ferry ride across the Puget Sound is a fun treat.
- Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104) – This high-rise has arguably one of the best viewing spots in the city, the Skyview Observatory. I elected to skip the $14.75 entrance fee and treated myself to a Starbucks’ chai tea on the 40th Floor with a free view.
- Seattle Central Public Library (1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104) – I love libraries. This one did not disappoint. 11 stories of beauty. And no homeless people!
Discovery Park (3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199) – This was probably my favorite place of the whole trip. It is a forest area with miles of hiking trails just a short bus ride from the city center. It was a foggy morning when I went, but I hear the views of the Sound are great.
- Kerry Park (211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119) – Here is where the best views of the Seattle skyline are. You must go here if visiting Seattle!
- Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121) – I didn’t realize how many parks I went to until I wrote this post! Think of this park as a free sculpture museum – complete with stunning views of the Sound.
- Seattle Center (305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109) – The Seattle Center is where the famous Space Needle is located along with a few other attractions. One that is popular is the Chihuly Garden and Glass. While it houses beautiful art pieces, it is a tourist trap in my opinion. I felt a little ripped off after spending $23.10 inc/tax.
- Seattle Free Walking Tours (Market Experience Tour) – This was my favorite activity of the trip by far! A free tour of the legendary Pike Place Market. You really get an underground experience of the market and this is a must-do!
What I Ate
- Marination Ma Kai (1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126) – This restaurant right at the ferry landing in West Seattle offers Hawaiian/Korean spins on classic dishes. I had the panko-crusted fish and chips with kimchi tartar sauce. Let me just say they were the best fish and chips I’ve ever had.
- Goldinblack (621 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109) – I had the best meal of the whole trip here. They specialize in Korean cuisine in a casual setting. I had the Bulgogi Cupbop which only set me back $8.95. It was like a rice bowl with bulgogi beef, fresh Napa cabbage, fresh romaine, sauteed kale and a spicy homemade special sauce. I ordered it to-go and walked 10 minutes to Kerry Park and enjoyed the most delicious meal with an equally delicious view. I even tried to make it at home but their special sauce was too special to recreate unfortunately.
- Tacos Chukis (219 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102) – This little Mexican food gem in Capitol Hill was great. The tacos are so cheap and delicious! I played it safe with carne asada but they have many different options.
- Espresso Vivace (532 Broadway Ave East, Seattle WA 98102) – Capitol Hill’s premier espresso joint. They have a neat seating area that opens out to the sidewalk so it’s great for people-watching. Try the Cafe Nico – an espresso with a hint of orange.
I am so happy that I decided to take this solo trip. I proved to myself that I can do it and it’s not weird. There are so many fellow solo travelers! If you liked this post, share it with someone else who might like it. Also, comment and let me know your favorite things to do and eat in Seattle!
Here’s a video documenting my solo trip to Seattle: