Laid out on a series of hills on Puget Sound’s eastern shore, Seattle is the biggest city in the Pacific Northwest. It anchors a metro region of 3.5 to 5 million people, depending on how you define it. Even if you’ve never been there, you’ve probably seen pictures of its iconic natural and man-made landmarks: Mount Rainier, the Space Needle, and Pike Place Market.
Seattle also has a bevy of lesser-known activities and attractions – more than enough to keep a frugal traveler occupied for a quick weekend, a leisurely week, or even longer. That’s in spite of Seattle’s reputation for high (and rapidly rising) home values and rents, a controversial issue attributable to a long-running tech boom that’s attracting highly educated newcomers, driving up already high-earning techies’ wages, and supporting a frenzied building boom in the city’s core neighborhoods.