My husband and I have an overnight layover in Seattle in early March before flying home to Alaska. We will land around 9pm in the evening and don't fly out until 6pm the next day. We want to do some sightseeing (Pike Place Market, etc) while in town.
I have several questions: Should we rent a car, or rely on public transportation/shuttles and foot power? Should we stay in a hotel near the airport, or stay in one close to downtown? If we find lodging downtown, what transportation is available from the airport? (Our baggage will NOT be checked through, so we'll be hauling that with us) We'll also need to find a hotel that won't mind stowing our bags for us while we sight see, until we have to return to the airport the next evening. I hope this isn't a problem.
We are not shoppers, so run of the mill malls and shopping districts do not appeal to us. I am a photographer and I am more interested in the urban vibe, architecture, history, etc. We also prefer the outdoors (even if it's raining), landscapes, pretty views, etc.
We plan to get up as early as necessary to do as much as we can. Since we won't be getting into SEATAC until around 9pm, I don't know if there's anything we could do that evening - or whether we'd be up for doing anything that evening, as we're flying in from the east coast.
As for budget, I'd like to keep our hotel cost at $100-$125 for the night, and our transportation costs below $30 or $40 total.
Can anyone recommend an itinerary that we might enjoy?
Thanks in advance,