Seattle is known as the Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest. Home to the famous Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, this hip seaport city percolates with coffee shops, culture and a thriving music scene.
Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, Seattle has something for everyone! The only question is, where to start? Fear not! Your friends at DriveShare have curated a list of Seattle’s best (coffee reference intended) attractions, food and lodging to ensure stress-free Seattle adventure planning.
For this dream drive, we recommend getting up early to avoid traffic. Your journey begins just north of Seattle in the town of Lynwood. Here you will meet our super host Leann for the handoff of her prized Porsche 356 Intermeccanica. From there, you will head south toward Tacoma. Rowing gears as you cruise the coastline, views of the bustling seaport on your right with views of Mt. Rainer grace your left side. Crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, make your way to Gig Harbor and grab breakfast. It’s the perfect way to get your vacation on a driving start!
Let your imagination soar at the Museum of Flight! Tour through over 150 air and spacecraft. Get up close and personal with the west coast’s only supersonic Concord Jet and JFK’s Air Force One. Try your hand at flying in the flight simulator or check out the museum’s latest planes at the restoration center. The Museum of Flight is situated on the south side of the Boeing Field and is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Here is your chance to visit the icon that has graced the Seattle skyline for the past 60 years. The inspiration for the Space Needle came after a Seattle hotel executive visited a cafe perched on a TV tower in Germany. A quick, UFO-like sketch on a napkin served as the initial design. Construction on this engineering marvel required crews to work around the clock to open in time for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle observation deck slowly rotates and provides breathtaking 360 views of the Seattle skyline. The observation deck features the world’s only rotating glass floor! If your journey to 520 feet above ground leaves you hungry, there is a cafe and wine bar to commemorate the experience. The Space Needle’s hours vary by season; cruise here for more details.
Make a day for the market and support a Seattle steeple of small businesses. Established in 1907, Pike Place Market is famous for grade-A produce, fresh fish, and the best of local cuisine. With over 500 artisans to choose from, it pays to pre-plan your visit! If decision paralysis plagues you, walking tours are available to catch the sites and fuel up along the way.
Take the weight off your feet and embark on a carefree cruise around Puget Sound by sea. Kickback and enjoy the ride as you sip cocktails and learn about Seattle’s rich history. See the busy port up close and catch breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains. Tours are an hour in duration and depart from Pier 55. For more details on tours and availability, cruise here.
Places to Fuel
Seattle’s coffee house culture dates to the late 1950s. Back then, coffee houses served as warm and welcoming refuge from the cold and rain, a gathering place for coffee, conversation and community.
Today the Seattle cityscape is littered with different coffee shops, from franchises to established Seattle staples. Like fine art, it pays to go with an original; we recommend grabbing your perfect cup from the oldest coffee shop in town, Cafe Allegro. In business since 1975, this shop is an espresso joint you must experience.
Cafe Allegro is open all week to cure your caffeine cravings. Weekdays from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Weekend from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Before Monsoon took Seattle by storm in 1999, the Bahn family forged a strong following for re-imagined Vietnamese dishes by serving them pop-up style out of a breakfast joint that was leased out for the evenings. Dishes range from far-east favorites such as Bò Lá Lốt, Drunken Chicken, and Ahi Tuna. Monsoon is open from Monday through Thursday from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Ride out the storm and enjoy lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends.
Dubbed the Met by the locals, The Metropolitan’s location inside the Marion Building is as iconic as the food itself. Take your date night to the next level and sink your teeth into classic cuts carved tableside. The Metropolitan Grill is open daily from 4:30 to 9:30 PM with valet parking and reservations available.
Places to stay
For the ultimate splurge, stay and jam out right on the shores of Puget Sound. Known as the lodge of choice for rock stars, the Edgewater has served as the home away from home for the Beatles, Iggy Pop, and Alice Cooper. Relax and unwind in rooms boasting either bay views or scenes of Seattle’s iconic skyline. Paid self and valet parking is available at an additional charge.
If you are traveling on a budget, you may want to consider the adventure of staying at a hostel. This inexpensive means of lodging has its perks! The hostel experience is about making friends and venturing through new territory. If you live for family dinners, pub crawls, and experiencing Seattle with a new crew; hostel life might be for you! The Green Tortoise has plenty of lodging options to suit your comfort level, from private rooms to co-ed dorms. Recreational activities are encouraged and include Foosball, board games, and self-lead walking tours. Validated self-parking is available off-site at West Edge Garage; see site for details. A great way to stay the communal way in Seattle.
Washington’s wine country and luxurious rooms meet at Hotel Vintage. Pop the top and stay in spacious rooms set for good times, friends, and fine wines. Enjoy a spacious home away from home, far away from the daily grind. Each room draws inspiration from your favorite tasting room, complete with a stock of local wine! On-site valet parking is available for an additional fee.
If you seek a historic setting for your home away from home, make your way to the Mayflower Park Hotel. This local landmark has the perfect mix of old-school luxury and modern amenities. Its downtown location is a stone’s throw from Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Celebrating its 95th year in business, Mayflower Park Hotel is one of the few [if not last remaining] locally owned hotels in Seattle. Paid self-street parking is available.
Stay and play amongst the hustle and bustle of the famous Pike Place Market. Shop until you drop and retreat to a tranquil escape from the ordinary. Each room has custom beds and modern design cues adorning throughout. Decompress and take in the varying breathtaking views of the city, marketplace, and Puget Sound from their rooftop terrace. The Inn at the Market is the only lodging located within Pike Place Market. Paid street parking is available off-site.
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