Seattle for the budget-conscious traveler

Home to grunge rock and Boeing, Seattle is a great destination for the budget-conscious traveler. An abundance of cheap eats at the Belltown Pub and the free Folklife arts festival make it the perfect place to live large on a small budget.

Ride The Ducks

2320 W, MO-76, Branson, MO 65616

Combining history with whimsy, this tour utilizes WWII amphibious landing craft to combine land and water sightseeing. Whimsical Coast Guard-certified maritime captains share historical information and local folklore. The vehicle literally drives into Lake Union for a water-based view of the Seattle skyline. Guests dance to funky music while exploring the waterfront, downtown Seattle shopping district, Pike Place Market and historic Pioneer Square.

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Jet City Improv

5510 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA, United States

Every weekend, this small theater is full of audience-powered good times where the comedy is created live based on audience suggestions. Just a few blocks north of University of Washington, every performance in their 140-seat theater is an original experience, from the flagship Jet City Improv show (started in the early 1990s), to the movie re-dubbing show Twisted Flicks, to a feature-length improvised play that rotates every two months.

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Tulalip Resort Casino

10200 Quil Ceda Boulevard, Marysville, WA

Don’t miss the Taste of Tulalip, the tribe’s two-day celebration of wine, food and tradition. The weekend begins Friday evening with a six-course meal of innovative food and wine pairings. Saturday’s Grand Taste features wine from more than 120 wineries, and a poolside craft beer garden alongside an abundant array of food prepared by the resort’s culinary team. The Taste’s grand finale is a Rock and Roll Challenge with well-known Pacific Northwest chefs and sommeliers battling it out to take home the title. A special Magnum Party showcases rare wines paired with dishes by a guest chef.

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Belltown Pub -- CLOSED

2322 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Formerly The Belltown Pub)

The 5500 square foot bar and eatery is located in a historic former sleeping bag factory in downtown Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood . The pub serves veracious drinks, tasty eats and craft beer seven days a week. The Pub hosts monthly social gathering for dogs and their companions on the last Wednesday of every month. A “Yappy Hour” benefitting Seattle Animal Shelter brings dozens of dogs and their humans, who enjoy the “DogTail” menu of Shelter-tinis, Whisker Sours, Furry Navels, Cosmo-paw-litans and Laughing Dog IPA.

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Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square Seattle, WA 98104

Known as the birthplace of Seattle and the city's first neighborhood, Pioneer Square is a momentous place known for its Renaissance Revival architecture, First Thursday art walks, trendy lunch spots and peculiar boutiques. Also renowned for its nightlife, the bars share a club-hopping pass that is popular with visitors.

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Pacific Science Center

200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Guests can throw on a glove made of blubber, race like a penguin and make their own sticky ice as they explore Earth's icy poles. Especially popular are its monthly Parents’ Day Out and Parents’ Night Out programs, which take children on after-hours explorations of the exhibit halls, as well as a live science show, planetarium presentation or laser light show. In 2010, the museum was declared a local landmark, and in 2012 it celebrated its 50th anniversary.

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Mount Rainier National Park

55210 238th Avenue East Ashford, WA 98304

Soaring to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the hallmark of the Washington landscape, even appearing on the license plates. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous states, spawning six major rivers. Sub-alpine wildflower meadows are in abundance, as are ancient forests at lower elevations. It’s not rare to see a bear on the trails, so study safety procedures in advance...and bring a camera.

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Olympic National Park

3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362

This is ultimate national park for diversity. One afternoon can take in spectacular mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers, followed by colorful ocean tidal pools. Did we mention the mountain goats? Burrowed in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient rainforests left in the nation.

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Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

3029 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, Castle Rock, WA

This center is operated by the Washington State Parks Department. Other centers in this historic park are Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center, which is free, and Johnston Ridge Visitor Center, which charges $8 per adult; children 15 and under are free. The Northwest Forest vehicle pass is required to visit the Ape Cave, Lava Canyon, Lahar Viewpoint and Windy Ridge, available for $5 a day or $30 per year and is good in both Oregon and Washington National Forests.

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria - Wallingford

4411 Stone Way North, Seattle, WA 98103

Don’t listen to the yappy New Yorkers who tell you that good pizza cannot be found on this coast. This celebrated authentic Neapolitan pizzeria uses fine imported ingredients and century old artisan traditions and belongs to the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Try their signature margherita pizza.

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Snoqualmie Falls

6501 Railroad Ave SE Snoqualmie, Washington, 98024

Snoqualmie Falls is one of the state’s most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors visit the observation deck, Salish Lodge and 270-foot waterfall. The free parking and free viewing area are open from dawn to dusk. Lights illuminate the falls in the evening. Leashed pets are allowed.

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Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Co.

54106 Mtn Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330

Take in lunch here before a journey on the nearby Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. The non-profit heritage railroad offers train rides through the forest and foothills south of Mt. Rainier. Their steam and diesel-electric engines take guest on a two hour experience from May through October, and special themed rides throughout the year, including the "Bunny Express" in the spring. Advance reservations are not required but are strongly suggested.

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Red Onion Burgers

21005 44th Ave W., Suite 101, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Skip the overrated burgers of Seattle's Red Mill, and make the drive to Mountlake Terrace. Red Onion Burgers offers a whopping five toppings with every burger. This joint is very community-minded, with Tuesdays and often other nights dedicated to local fundraisers. If you order a veggie or salmon burger, be sure to repeat that request when ordering-- these folks have beef on the brain.

Last updated at Mar 14, 2015