Hi! I'm an Aussie girl visiting Seattle from the 14th-30th October for a business trip. I'll probably be busy during most weekdays but will free on weekends and evenings. I'm staying in the u-district. I've not been to the US before.
So anyway, am planning what to do with my spare time. I've done the usual googling, browsed memories here. I just found craigslist so that's next to trawl through. But just wanted some advice from locals, and to get suggestions about anything I've missed.
Firstly, I'm a tourist so I'll be doing the usual touristy things. On my list is Pike Place, the zoo and aquarium, the needle, Uwajimaya. Any recommendations on good/bad times/days to go to these?
I'm a bit of a foodie. Any festivals or things like that while I'm there?
Tipping - how the heck does that work? I get the impression it's for taxis, meals (apart from fast food), bars... right?
Transport - I'm having enough trouble trying to figure out how the city works with the different areas and the street name stuff, letting alone trying to get from A to B in those places. I did find this site
which is probably useful but I don't think I'll know til I get there and actually try to use it. Any other tips?
I don't drink coffee ;) and I get the impression that my kind of music isn't huge in Seattle (breaks/electro/house) but that's not a big deal - I won't be heading out to try and find that sort of stuff on my own, and if I go out with business people it'll likely be to something jazz-ish which I will happily listen to.
Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice, Seattle peoples :)