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two days in Seattle

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By Traveller September 11, 2016
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two days in Seattle

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By Ruth Traveller September 11, 2016

Hi. I have the chance to spend two days in Seattle. What is the best use of my short stay there ? Thanks

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HI everyone, Seattle was fantastic, even just for two days,

We started our day with a tour with "Beneath The Streets", and not only learned about the history of Seattle, we were entertained and given some great tips for the rest of our stay too.

We viewed Seattle from The Smith Tower, also very informative and maybe a wee bit different from the usual high views.

The Pioneer Square was great and the wine shop there had beautiful wine. The streetcar was very efficient.

Hope to return some day, as definitely not enough time to do all the sights.

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Traveller September 21, 2016
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Looks like everyone below has given you some fun stuff to do in your two short days. I am a fan of the water views so if you have time, take a ferry across to bainbridge and back or even a water taxi to get a glimpse of house boats, piers, city view from the water.
Local September 12, 2016
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It depends on what you're interested in. There are a number of museums in the area. While overly crowded, Pike Place market is nice to visit and doesnt take too long. Personaly Id recommend Discovery Park. There's a lighthouse at the end and it has a number of interesting trails. Gasworks park provides a picturesque view of the city. There are tons of shows and live music to be found. Some very fancy restraunts too. Im cheap though. Dick's Drive Ins are a must, its a favorite local burger chain (they take cash only). There are interesting bars all over the city, but Capitol Hill is popular for bar hopping. Take a ferry if you want to see the water. Check out the fountain at Seattle Center. You can skip the Space Needle unless you really want to. Oh and go to some local coffee shops, they're frequent an usually better than Starbucks.
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Local September 12, 2016
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Here are some free things that we found interesting in or close to Seattle:
Pikes Place Market (like others have suggested)
Olympic Sculpture Park - leads down to the waterfront (2015, there was a lot of construction so not so interesting.)
Seattle Public Library - escalate to the top and look over the structure and the city
Kondike Gold Rush Museum - Seattle Unit (the origin of Norsdstrom's department store)
Wander through Uwajimaya market in the China Town / International District (several restaurant stalls there selling ethnic/asian dishes.
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Traveller September 11, 2016
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You definitely have to go to the Pike Place Market! See the fish throwing, the doughnut machine, the great street music, the first original Starbucks, art, and the infamous gum wall... All in the same spot! You could also go down to the pier which is walking distance from the market... There are quirky shops and lots of fun people watching! There's also the Seattle wheel...

Outside of that, it depends on what you like to do... If you want to stay in the city area... There are some great areas to see the view (Kerry park), or head over to Alki beach in west Seattle... Probably one of the most breathtaking views. There's a boardwalk and some rental bikes or walking. There's also some tasty food over in West Seattle too (I recommend Fresh Bistro... So yummy!) If you're into walking... You can catch the west Seattle ferry to Alki and back from downtown at the pier. But you can also drive.. It's like a 10 minute drive from downtown.

I wouldn't waste your time or money on the space needle (unless you have your heart really stuck on it). It's expensive and fairly uneventful. Plus you can get an equally gorgeous view, if not better from the other locations that I listed. But... The Seattle center (right under the space needle) usually has fun events or festivals. There is the Armory that has a variety of food, and you could ride the monorail if you want...

Hope this helps! Let me know if there's something else specifically that you are looking for!?
Local September 11, 2016
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You definitely have to go to the Pike Place Market! See the fish throwing, the doughnut machine, the great music, the first Starbucks, the infamous gum wall... All in the same spot! You could also go down to the pier which is walking distance from the market... There are quirky shops and lots of fun people watching!
Outside of that, it depends on what you like to do... If you want to stay in the city area... There are some great areas to see the view (Kerry park), or head over to Alki beach in west Seattle... Probably one of the most breathtaking views. There's a boardwalk and some rental bikes or walking. There's also some tasty food over in West Seattle too (I recommend Fresh Bistro... So yummy!)
I wouldn't waste your time or money on the space needle (unless you have your heart really stuck on it). It's expensive and fairly uneventful. Plus you can get an equally gorgeous view, if not better from the other locations that I listed. But... The Seattle center (right under the space needle) usually has fun events or festivals. There is the Armory that has a variety of food, and you could ride the monorail if you want...
If you're looking for budget food... There's a burger and fry joint... Dicks. They have a couple locations throughout Seattle. Whenever we are near the Seattle center we stop by dicks for a burger, fries and strawberry shakes. :)
Hope this helps! Let me know if there's something else specifically that you are looking for!?
Local September 11, 2016
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You definitely have to go to the Pike Place Market! See the fish throwing, the doughnut machine, the great music, the first Starbucks, the infamous gum wall... All in the same spot! You could also go down to the pier which is walking distance from the market... There are quirky shops and lots of fun people watching!

Outside of that, it depends on what you like to do... If you want to stay in the city area... There are some great areas to see the view (Kerry park), or head over to Alki beach in west Seattle... Probably one of the most breathtaking views. There's a boardwalk and some rental bikes or walking. There's also some tasty food over in West Seattle too (I recommend Fresh Bistro... So yummy!)

I wouldn't waste your time or money on the space needle (unless you have your heart really stuck on it). It's expensive and fairly uneventful. Plus you can get an equally gorgeous view, if not better from the other locations that I listed. But... The Seattle center (right under the space needle) usually has fun events or festivals. There is the Armory that has a variety of food, and you could ride the monorail if you want...

If you're looking for budget food... There's a burger and fry joint... Dicks. They have a couple locations throughout Seattle. Whenever we are near the Seattle center we stop by dicks for a burger, fries and strawberry shakes. :)

Hope this helps! Let me know if there's something else specifically that you are looking for!?
Local September 11, 2016
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Pikes Place market is a must. The pacific science center is pretty cool. Gasworks park and volunteer park are favorites of mine. The space needle is pretty cool but I don't know if it's really worth it to go up. Be sure to check out dahlia bakery. Ride the ducks is super touristy but if that's your thing it's one of the main attractions for families. You should definitely do some shopping downtown. Have fun!
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Local September 11, 2016
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Hi. Fab. Thank you. ;))
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Ruth Traveller September 11, 2016
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Ay. If I had two days I'd suggest for food:
San Fernanado Roasted Chicken in the ID/Little Saigon
Paseo in Sodo
Baguette Box on Capitol Hill
Fonda La Catrina in Georgetown
Trove on Capitol Hill

For shopping:
Glasswing Shop
Totokaelo
Likelihood
Ebbets Field Flannels

For other junk:
The Seattle Art Museum
Glassbox Art Gallery
Maybe catch a show at the Showbox, The Neptune, or The Crocodile
See a movie at the Central Cinema, the Northwest Film Forum, or The Cinerama

Local September 11, 2016
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Sounds great. Thanks so much.
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Ruth Traveller September 11, 2016
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When you go to Pikes Place Market, I would recommend getting there at 10:30-11ish in the morning. If you can go on a day that isn't the weekend, that is even better. The Market is always very crowded so that is why I said 10:30/11 is better. Don't go earlier than 10 as not all the stalls will be open yet.

Do the Seattle Underground Tour. It's exactly as it sounds, it takes you under the oldest parts of the city and gives you some great history on how Seattle came to be.

Check out Gasworks Park. If you have seen 10 Things I Hate About You, this is where the infamous paint balling scene occurs. Unfortunately, they don't actually have paint balling. But the view is incredible.

The park is near Fremont an artsy neighborhood well worth your time to walk around. If you're there on a Sunday, stop by the farmers market/flea market over there.

The Knee High Stocking Co. is one of my favorite bars in the city. It's a true prohibition style bar in Capitol Hill that seats maybe 20 people. You have to text them for a reservation. Get a seat at the bar and watch the bar tenders work!

The Zig Zag is the bartenders bar in Seattle behind Pikes Place Market. Definitely a fantastic place to go for drinks and high end bar snacks. If you're looking for something a little more casual, you can't go wrong with Linda's Tavern or cruising down Ballard Ave. Hattie's Hat is one of the oldest bars in Seattle and has great bar food as well as strong drinks.

Keeli Local September 11, 2016
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Keeli is totally right about the bars -- all excellent recommendations. Another great one to try is Sun Liquor on Summit on Capitol Hill -- they make their own liquors, fresh squeeze all the citrus and are true cocktail artist's (nope, not an owner, just a big fan). If you want another cheap place with fantastic views, also on Capitol Hill, hit The Lookout. Oh, one place in Belltown -- Bathtub Gin (it is in an alley, don't let that scare ya -- it's great inside!
Starbucks has a new-ish roastery on Capitol Hill -- which is far more worth the trek and the time than going to the original Starbucks in Pike's Place.
If you are there on a Sunday, do brunch! I love the dim sum brunch at Monsoon, also on, you got it, Capitol Hill (but the far side :)) And London Plane in Pioneer Square. Finally, Toulouse Petit in Lower Queen Anne.
Best view without going up the Space Needle is from Kerry Park on Upper Queen Anne -- spectacular and FREE.
Sculpture Park is also FREE and really great on a nice day.
I love Seattle -- it is such a managable size and is so quirky. Say hello to people - everyone is pretty nice -- that whole Seattle-Freeze is an Urban Legend IMHO.
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Mo Local September 12, 2016
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