Footloose and fancy free: Sometimes you just want to experience a city's indulgent riches without emptying your bank account. Thankfully, Seattle is a city where doing just that is a feasible goal. Here, \ natural beauty abounds, so sometimes soaking up the city's finest points means simply heading up the region's steep hills (or toward the water....or into thick patches of forest...). Choosing from alfresco excursions can prove a challenge, since there's such an abundance of options, but urban sites like Discovery and Gas Works parks are pretty much a guarantee. If you happen to have a bit more time to spare (and perhaps have a car at your disposal), consider road tripping to Olympic National Park or Mt. Rainier, where the sites and hues prepared by Mother Nature will simply steal away your breath.
But Seattle also offers up culture for free, too, at spots like downtown's Pike Place Market, the brand-new home of beloved radio station KEXP and the lounge at Hotel Sorrento Hotel . Certain venues typically come with a fee (like MOHAO), but if you stay on the ball and do your research, you can find special days and times when free events are on offer, too. Pike Brewing Company, for example, gives complimentary behind-the-scenes tours that serve as an added incentive to patronizing this restaurant-pub.