This post is in reference to the blog post on A Weekend in Seattle. Check out that post for an ideal weekend itinerary!
Seattle is a very easy city to get around as a tourist. There are really only two forms of transportation you need to use to get to the major tourist spots:
The Link light rail takes you from the airport to most of the major spots in the city. It’s also the easiest way to get around within the city. For more info click here.
The monorail was built in 1964 for the World’s Fair. It’s an extremely easy form of transportation because it only has two stops. The Westlake Center station is in the heart of downtown and the Seattle Center station is right next to the Space Needle, EMP Museum and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The monorail departs every 10 minutes and tickets are $2.25 each way.
Airport to the city: When arriving at the airport, just follow the signs to the Link light rail. The train departs approximately every 10 minutes. If you are heading downtown, your stop will most likely be Westlake. (It’s the last stop of the line.) The ride to downtown is around 40 minutes and is $2.25-$3 for one way depending on where you exit the rail.
The Space Needle is easy to get to on the monorail. Take the monorail from Westlake to Seattle Center. Hours are 10am-9:30pm (ticket office closes at 9pm). Admission to the observation deck is $22 for adults. The restaurant (SkyCity) serves lunch and dinner every day and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The observation deck is free with a meal purchase, but there is a minimum charge of $25 per guest for lunch and $35 per guest for dinner.
Pike Place: Take the Link to the Westlake stop – Exit the station at Pine St and head south a few blocks. You will run right into Pike Place Market. Hours vary depending on the business, but the general market hours are 9am-6pm and 9am-5pm on Sundays. Since the Pike Place Market is very popular, it will get very crowded during peak season. The least crowded times are weekday mornings. For more info, check out their website.
Gum Wall: Is located on Post Alley. Follow Pike Street (Not to be confused with Pike Place) until it ends. The entrance is directly under the Pike Place Sign (on the left side of the sign.)
Original Starbucks: Is in Pike Place Market. The address is 1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101. Open 6am-9pm.
Underground Tour: Starts in Pioneer Square – 608 First Ave. Take the Link light rail from Westlake to Pioneer Square. You can buy tickets online ($19/adult or $25 if you want a flexible ticket and don’t want to choose a tour time). Tours are 75 minutes and start on the hour or more often during busy times. Check the website for exact times.
EMP Museum is open 10am-7pm in the summer and 10am-5pm in the winter. Cost is $25/adults or $22 online. Take the monorail from Westlake to Seattle Center. the monorail will literally go through the museum. You can’t miss it – it’s the big, very strange looking building.
Chihuly Garden and Glass is right next to the EMP Museum and the Space Needle. It is open 11am-6pm Sun-Thurs and 11am-7pm Sat/Sun with the ticket booth closing one hour before closing time. Tickets are $22 for adults.
CityPASS: If you are planning on visiting many of the tourist attractions, the CityPASS will save you money. It includes admission to the Space Needle, a harbor tour, Seattle Aquarium, EMP Museum or Woodland Park Zoo and Pacific Science Center or Chihuly Garden and Glass. The adult price is $69, which means if you go to three or more of these attractions then the pass will save you money.
The Space Needle has a website that will create itineraries for your weekend depending on your interests. Check it out for some great ideas!