Whether you are on your way on a cruise leaving from Seattle, on your to or from the Hawaiian Islands, or delayed on business through Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SEATAC), I have unbeatable Seattle travel tips for a less than 24 hour stay in Seattle. Don’t stay in the airport cleaning out your email or eating some lousy airport food. All these travel tips are all quick, easy to get to, FUN, and some worth repeating on your next layover.

Light rail:

Get to and from downtown Seattle from SEATAC for a mere $3.00 leaving every 15 minutes within five minutes walking from terminal. This is cheaper and most times faster as Seattle is known for its killer rush hour. For the below highlighted activities, take the Central Light Rail to Westlake.

Pike Place Market for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or just a Brew

Whether you are in the area morning, noon, or night, there is action at Pike Place Market. The best time I think is for breakfast and watching the market come alive. Lowell’s is my favorite breakfast joint. Order at the counter, take your number, and find your table upstairs. I chose mine by the window to overlook the Puget Sound.

Pike_Place_Market_Collage_Heidi_SiefkasFor lunch and dinner there are many options, but I would NOT miss Pike Brewing Co.. With an amazing selection of craft beers ranging from ales to stouts, a full menu, and an eclectic decor leaving no inch unspoken for, the Pike is on my list to repeat. I selected the Naughty Nellie because I enjoy lighter beers and the name had me at Naughty. If you would like a tour of the Brewery, they offer daily tours at 2pm.


Seattle Space Needle

Although the view of the Puget Sound is great from Pike Place, you may want the bird’s eye view from the Space Needle. I certainly did. Check out this aerial shot I took with my 2015 toy, a selfie stick.


If you have less than 24 hours in Seattle, do NOT miss these highlights. You don’t have to be a prisoner to SEATAC. Get out and explore Seattle!

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