Seattle Budget Travel Guide | Guest Post


Visiting a new city is an exciting time.  But traveling on a budget can really put a damper on all the fun you thought you’d have when you saw this city in the movies.  If you’re thinking about embarking on a trip to Seattle, Washington, you’ll be pleased to know that your tight budget won’t hold you back.  There are a ton of low-cost attractions in the Emerald City for you to enjoy.

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On the Savory Side

Ezell’s Famous Chicken has been bringing Southern charm to the West Coast for over 30 years.  This staple Seattle restaurant started when the Ezell family moved from Texas to Seattle and wanted to serve chicken the way they made it back home.  Now Washington is home to over 13 locations where you can count on your food to come good, fresh, fast (and cheap)!

Alternatively, if you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply interested in trying something new, World Pizza may have what you’re looking for.  Serving pizza by the slice or whole pizzas for the group, you can count on tasty and affordable options all around.

For Your Sweet Tooth

Did you know Seattle is home to the original Starbucks?  Established in 1971, this famous Starbucks location can be found at the Pike Place Market and will serve you all your favorite flavors of lattes and frappuccinos at regular price.  It’s a must see for all coffee lovers.

Original Starbucks
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When you pay the low price of $3.75 for a scoop of Molly Moon’s, you’ll know every cent is going to a good place.  Not only does Molly Moon’s serve delicious, locally sourced ice cream but they also focus on social responsibility in every other aspect of their business model.  Everything they use is 100% compostable, 1% of their annual sales goes directly to nonprofits in the community and they operate on wind power to help conserve our environment.  What more could you ask for in an ice cream shop?

Molly Moon's
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Have you ever had a gourmet doughnut?  If not, it’s time to cross it off your bucket list.  Top Pot Doughnuts serves 40 different kinds of “hand-forged” doughnuts.  Feathered boa, a cake-based doughnut topped with icing and coconut shavings is among the most popular along with apple fritter, a doughnut made up of cubed apples and cinnamon spice wrapped in dough, and old fashioned which is served in a variety of flavors such as glazed, pumpkin, maple and more!

Top Pot Doughnuts
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Make Every Hour a Happy Hour

Depending on your drink of choice, drinking on a budget can be tough.  If you like wine and you love animals, we recommend stopping by Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery.  Here you can enjoy a four-wine tasting in exchange for a $3 donation to an animal rescue organization.

Bainbridge Vineyards
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Wine may not be your drink of choice, and Redhook Brewery says that’s okay with them!  If beer is more your style, you can enjoy a tour and tasting for just $1.  This tour includes three four-ounce beers and a tasting glass for you to keep.

Seeing the Sites

Seattle Great Wheel
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If you know anything about Seattle, you probably know about the Pike Place Market.  This now-bustling attraction and one of the United States’ oldest farmers markets is a must-see site to about 10 million people every year.  Here you’ll find several other attractions such as the aforementioned original Starbucks, the Seattle Great Wheel, the Pike Place Urban Garden and so much more.  The best part is, it only costs as much as you buy.  And there are a ton of free treats and samples to pick up along the way.

Pike Place Market
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Who doesn’t love a free concert?  Every Wednesday and Friday around lunchtime, visitors of Seattle’s downtown parks and plazas get to enjoy free public concerts hosted by a variety of artists.  If you’re visiting in the summer, you may have more chances to catch one of these free shows as they typically offer Out to Lunch concerts every weekday at a variety of times.

Another famous Seattle attraction on the free side (and maybe the gross side) is the Gum Wall.  Most who visit it will describe it as a must-see Seattle icon and a great color-filled backdrop for your next Instagram post.

Isn’t it great when the only cost you have to worry about is parking?  In exchange for a $6 two-hour parking fee (or totally free if you’re not driving) you can enjoy all Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park has to offer.  Be sure to carve plenty of time out of your day so you can walk the length of the park and enjoy the sites at your own pace. There are also many other things to do on the cheap, from concerts and shows, to museums and enjoying the outdoors.

A trip to Seattle will prove that traveling can be both fun and affordable. Whether you’re visiting for a week, a weekend or making it a day trip, you’ll find that it isn’t difficult to enjoy yourself guilt-free and stay well under your typical travel budget.  Let the fun begin!

About the Author

Jayson Goetz is a writer from Phoenix, Arizona who is passionate about traveling on a budget. Being a broke writer, Jayson soon learned that if he wants to travel he needs to find the best deals. He loves sharing his experiences and tips in hopes of helping people travel the world.

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