What to do & See if you only have
1 Day in Seattle
As full time RVers we’ve found there is never enough time to see a destination. You are always left with feeling like you hadn’t seen enough or wish you could have done more. We’ve also found the longer you spend a city, the more money you typically end up spending, at least how we like to see cities (hint: it’s through food and drinks). So when we decided to visit Seattle on our RV we opted for a cheaper stay outside of the city on the neighboring, quieter and quainter island, Bainbridge Island. It would save us money camping, (RV parks in Seattle were outrageously expensive), was a lot calmer, and even had a commuter ferry for us to take into the city to spend 1 day in Seattle. While we realize we only got a taste of this unique city, we’re glad we could spend 1 day in Seattle and are here to show you all we did, ate, and saw!
Everyone will have different opinions on what you should do if you only have 1 day in Seattle. This is not a perfect guide to visiting the city, it’s simply sharing our experience from spending 1 day in Seattle. If you do want to see more extensive 1 day guide to visiting Seattle, click here. Don’t forget to take a look at this helpful guide on the 8 things to know before you go as well.
take a ferry ride
pike Place Market
Things to Know Before You Go: This market gets very busy. Make sure you go early, or later in the day to avoid the big crowds (although there will always be crowds). Also take a walk down the street outside of the market. There is a great cheese company, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese that does free tastings. Their peppercorn cheese is delicious!
visit the “gum wall”
Coffee is not just a “thing” in Seattle, it’s a way of life. In regards to American coffee culture, Seattle is the Mecca, the holy grail, the OG. You can of course go to the “first Starbucks” that was ever opened (although it’s not the original location anymore) across the street from Pike Place Market, but to really get a feel for the coffee culture we suggest visiting one of the thousands of coffee shops throughout the city. We recently made friends with another full time RVing couple who were Bainbridge Island & Seattle residents for nearly 15 years. They gave us the rundown of the coffee culture and suggested we get coffee at Cafe Vida. I have a feeling every resident has their favorite coffee shop that has “the best coffee in Seattle” since there are literally thousands to chose from. While we can’t claim it’s the best, we can definitely say it was delicious! We enjoyed a delectable almond croissant and spinach quiche with two lattes.
walk, shops, & eat in a nearby “locals” neighborhood
Eat amazing food
go up the space needle
Liz & Dennis
We’re two travel-loving, real estate investing, foodies exploring North America as full-time RV’ers. This blog is where we share our lessons learned, tips and tricks, and favorite places to eat, see, and RV across North America! We hope it helps you find your wanderlust, plan and prepare for RV life, and get out on the road!
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