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Bumbershoot, Chihuly Garden & Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington

Best things to do in Seattle Washington - Christie Hudson - Seattle skyline by Stephen Plopper on Unsplash

Seattle skyline. Photo by Stephen Plopper on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Christie Hudson of Expedia about Seattle, Washington. Christie’s tips for the best things to do in Seattle are awesome because she was born and raised in the Seattle area, moved away after college, then came home for a job and to start a family. She loves being outside in the city’s fresh air, green spaces and local lakes.

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Space Needle view from Chihuly Garden and Glass. Photo by XH_S on Unsplash.

Seattle, Washington

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Seattle, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Market Grills at Pike Place Market. Photo by Gary on Unsplash.

Getting around Seattle

The local airport is Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is about a twenty-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Christie says that you don’t need to rent a car when visiting Seattle. The city has excellent public transportation, including bus routes and a light rail system. You can also ride the Seattle ferries to visit Bainbridge Island or enjoy views of the skyline. If you want to explore outside the downtown area or go hiking in the local mountains, renting a car from Avis, Budget, or Hertz is a smart choice.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Seattle Washington - Christie Hudson - At the Museum of Pop Culture aka MoPop

At the Museum of Pop Culture, aka MoPop.

Places we talked about on the Seattle, Washington podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Christie Hudson about Seattle, Washington. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Seattle, Washington
  • Green dots = best things to do in Seattle, Washington
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Seattle, Washington

Who is Christie Hudson?

Christie is a Travel Expert and Head of U.S. PR for Expedia, based in Seattle, Washington. As a frequent guest on Expedia’s Out Travel the System podcast, an on-air travel expert, and a mom of two, Christie is passionate about sharing tips, advice and resources to help travelers get the most out of every trip, whether they’re traveling with kids in tow, planning a girls weekend or taking that once-in-a-lifetime bucket list trip. Check out her travel hacks on Expedia’s TikTok channel.

Best things to do in Seattle Washington - Christie Hudson

Check out Expedia’s tips and other interviews featuring Christie:

You can connect with Christie on the Expedia website and her personal Instagram account.

We Travel There - Seattle Washington - Christie Hudson - podcast one sheet

Click here to download our one-page guide of Christie’s tips for Seattle.

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Christie’s kids with the Fremont Street Troll.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Join us next time as we talk with another local expert about the best things to do, see, eat and drink in their city. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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