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Seattle in the Rain: Things to Do and Ways to Enjoy the City

  If you are planning a trip to Seattle, you might find your plans interrupted by unexpected rain- but don’t worry, Seattle knows just how to make the most of rainy days! In this post I’m reviewing some of the best ways to revel in a rainy day in Seattle and the unique atmosphere that …

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What to Pack for a Pacific Northwest Beach Trip

You’ve probably visited sun-drenched white-sand beaches, but a beach trip in the United State’s Pacific Northwest is an entirely different kind of beach trip! In this post I’ll be reviewing my packing tips for Washington and Oregon beach trips. Whether you are headed to the Olympic Peninsula to enjoying the majesty of the Pacific Northwest seacoast …

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Free Family Fun: The Space Needle’s Kid-Friendly Seattle Splash Pad

While tickets to go up in the recently renovated Space Needle continue to rise, this out-of-the-way splash-pad art installment remains a cool reprieve with iconic views.  Recently, a newly updated Space Needle was unveiled to visitors- visitors willing to pay $30 per person for access, at least. If you are planning a visit to Seattle, …

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Secret Seattle: Tips for Visiting Amazon’s Campus in South Lake Union

    South Lake Union is a neighborhood in Seattle. While it’s not the hottest tourist destination, South Lake Union is only a few steps from iconic Pike Place market and, as the neighborhood that is home to Amazon’s headquarters, is a fascinating part of Seattle to include on your itinerary for visiting Seattle. In this …

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Seattle on a Budget: Free & Cheap Things to Do

Seattle is an amazing place to visit, but with basic hotel rooms starting at $130 per night, budgeting for a low-cost trip to Seattle can be a huge challenge. As a graduate student, I and my friends have discovered some fun, free ways to get the full Seattle experience, so today’s blog post is all …

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Pike Place Market at Christmas: 10 Things to Do

Christmas is my favorite season at Pike Place Market. By late fall, cruise ships stop delivering tourists by the thousands, crowds thin, and- as fall turns to winter  Pike Place Market is transformed into a pacific-northwest Christmas winter wonderland. As a neighborhood local and dedicated explorer of the neighborhood in all seasons, today I’m sharing …

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15 Things to Do at Pike Place Market + Packing List

I recently read a heavily-shared list of “must do” things to do in Pike Place Market that left me, a local, thinking that anyone working through that list would miss some of the best parts of Pike Place Market! So, I decided to make my own list of must-do Pike Place Market activities, which I’ve …

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Seattle on a Budget: Cheap Tips for Visiting Seattle’s Pike Place Market

For four years, while I was in graduate school, I lived in the Pike Place Market and attended a school nearby. On grad-school budgets, me and my fellow students learned to navigate Pike Place Market and enjoy the best it has to offer without sacrificing the experience (or the epic Instagram photos!) Here are 12 …

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How to Enjoy Pike Place Market in the Rain

I’ve learned to appreciate the wet darkness of winter in Seattle. It means days pass a little quieter in the strip of downtown I call home and Pike Place market becomes, again, a place to explore playfully- something that becomes a lot harder when the onslaught of tourists arrives in the fair-weather months. Sometimes, when …

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