Planning a trip to Seattle? Here are some tips on how to get around and see the sights!
Link Light Rail by SoundTransit
If you’re flying into Sea-Tac airport, getting into downtown Seattle couldn’t be easier! Simply take the Link heading north and get off at Westlake/Seattle station (about a 40-minute ride).
To ride Link, you can either buy a paper ticket or buy a reloadable ORCA card ($5 for card, and then add cash value in increments of $10). The card also works on other transit systems, like ferries and buses.
Starting September 2019, you can also use the ORCA card to ride the Monorail. In the meantime, you’ll need to buy a paper ticket to ride.
Riding the Seattle Center Monorail is a fun and quick way to travel between two points: Seattle Center (Space Needle; MoPOP, and more) and Westlake Center (Downtown).
Seeing the sights
Gum Wall in Post Alley
This is disgusting! But I love offbeat and random stuff, so I just had to take part:
Flowers from Pike Place Market
From Pike Place Market, you can get large bouquets of fresh, colorful flowers for as little as $5! They’re perfect for brightening up your hotel room. Or, if you’re a guest at someone’s home, they make a lovely gift for your host. These beautiful irises were 12 for $10 – a bargain!
The Seattle Great Wheel
Opened in 2012 at Pier 57, the Seattle Great Wheel takes riders almost 200 feet in the air at its highest point. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline as it rotates three times >>
Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66
Weekly cruises leave for Alaska from Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. From the waterfront, you can take the stairs (or elevator) up to an observation deck that makes you feel like you’re on a ship! It’s another place to soak in views of the bay and skyline. And it’s free >>
And last, but not least:
Standing 605 feet tall, the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It has since become an icon of Seattle!
If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in other posts from my Visiting Seattle series, including:
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This post is #6 of 6 in my Visiting Seattle series. Thanks for reading!