During the Memorial Weekend, we had an Australian friend over for 3 days and we decided to give him the ultimate Seattle experience. Our style was to go cruising in an American car. We wanted to show him just some things that makes Seattle awesome 🙂 No need to wake up early! This is a relax itinerary.
Here’s my itinerary that you can do yourself too 😉
1. Rent an awesome American car
There’s nothing more American than a muscle car! Renting a nice car for the weekend is probably the best thing you will ever do! I always believe in starting your day in a good mood. Not only does it make you happy, it makes people around you happy as well. When people see you ridin’ they ain’ hatin’, they lovin’ it! It does bring a little attention on the streets but it also makes you feel like a superstar 😉 (Don’t forget to listen to American music on the way!)
The car makes any photo looks like a great one too!
2. Go to Leavenworth via Stephen’s Pass
Once you’ve got your spanking nice car, you want to take a nice 2.5 hour drive from Seattle through Stephen’s Pass where there are a few places you can stop by and take scenic pictures. Make sure you have a full tank before you go!
Once you get to Leavenworth, it’s like you’ve teleported into another world – a Bavarian Themed Town!!
Parking maybe a bit of a headache but it will be totally worth it!
For all you Aussies out there, there is an Australian Store in Leavenworth!
Make sure you get a beer in before you go!
3. Fill up the tank the American way!
When you come back to Seattle, your tank would most likely be almost empty. Time to fill up your tank for your next adventure the American way. Unlike in Australia, you need to pay first before you fill. Ask the staff for clarification and help. I still forget sometimes!
1. Start your day at the World’s First Costco ever!
Yes just like Amazon and Microsoft, Costco is Washingtonian! Visit the world’s first Costco Store (4401 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134) and grab their delicious $1.50 hot dog! The price has not changed since 1985! Why not get a membership card and buy a few stuff as well ^_-. They have a wall saved from the time it was first open with a timeline of Costco history and success so don’t forget to check that out!
2. Take a ferry to Bainbridge Island
Take your car (depending on the size of the car it will cost you $17 one way which includes driver’s admin and $8 per passenger return trip) and enjoy the view the ferry has to offer of Seattle 🙂 The ferry is very big and clean and the ride only takes 35min from Coleman Dock.
3. Do touristy things at Bainbridge Island
There’s a few things you can do at Bainbridge island:
- Enjoy the food in Downtown
- Visit Museums, Parks and Memorials
- Visit the many winery they have there
- Visit the only beer brewing company and distillery on the Island
1. Visit Pike Place Market
Drive to Pike Place Market and explore the wonderful food and stores the market has to offer! Many samples to try and great photos!
Flowers are the cheapest at Pike Place Market so don’t forget to buy your lovely partner a bouquet!
2. Visit Kerry Park at Queen Anne
Kerry Park has a stunning view of Seattle. Many tourist come here to take photos, that means you too! 😉 Why not make it into a postcard and send it as well!
3. Go to Dick’s Drive In
While you’re in Queen Anne, the hell with diet! You have a cool car and you’re after some greasy cheap (and I mean REALLY CHEAP) burgers and shakes! There’s no better place than Dick’s! Dick’s Drive In is founded in Seattle. The very first Dick’s is on NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA.
4. Have lunch in Ballard
Visit Ballard and visit it’s many pubs and restaurants. I was told Seattle is known for hot dogs so why not pop by Po Dogs and try the Seattle Dog!
Thirsty after a hot dog? There’s an Australian and New Zealander pub nearby called the Kangaroo & Kiwi Pub. Grab yourself a beer and simply enjoy the moment you’ve had in Seattle.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you do end up using my Itinerary for your holiday, I would love to know about it in the comment below!