With so many friends and family heading to town for our wedding, we thought it'd be fun to put together a little bike tour of downtown Seattle. The best part? No need to rent an expensive cycle, you can buy a 24-hour pass good for unlimited 30 minute rides from Pronto Cycle Share for only $8! Dustin and I are avid Pronto riders so we're super excited to work with them on this city cycling tour that makes convenient stops at local attractions like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. Let's go!
1. King Street Station (KING STREET STATION PLAZA pronto Station)
We start our tour at King Street Station, so whether you take the train into town or fly in and catch the light rail at the airport you'll have easy access. Pick up a Pronto bike at the King Street Station Plaza you're on your way!
2. Pioneer Square (Occidental Park PRONTO STATION)
Our first stop is Pioneer Square, historically the heart of the city and oldest part of Seattle. Drop your bike at the Occidental Park station and grab a cup of joe at one of the many coffee shops around, our favorite being Zeitgeist. If you're up for a cheesy tourist experience we recommend The Underground Tour, where you'll discover what was ground level at the city's origin. It’s history with punch lines! Ride just a mile down the 2nd Ave protected bike lane to our next stop, Pike Place Market.
3. Pike Place Market (2nd Ave & Pine St Pronto Station)
You can't visit Seattle without stopping by the city's most iconic attraction: Pike Place Market. There's plenty to discover from fresh flowers to artisan crafts. Watch in awe as fish are thrown through the air by the fishmongers and don't miss the original Starbucks store! One of our local favorites is Rachel's Ginger Beer where they serve Moscow mules on tap. Stroll through the market and down the Pike Street Hillclimb to our next destination: the waterfront.
4. The Waterfront (Seattle Aquarium Pronto Station)
Here you'll find plenty of things to do like the Seattle Great Wheel, Ye Old Curiosity Shop and the Seattle Aquarium. They have everything from super cute baby otters to sharks, just watch out for loose octopus! From here it's just a short jaunt down Western to amazing views along the Elliott Bay Trail.
5. Olympic Sculpture Park (Pier 69 Pronto Station)
Ride along the waterfront to the Seattle Art Museum's sculpture park which is open daily and free to the public. Here you'll find both beautiful works of art as well as stunning views of Elliott Bay. It's a great place to stop for a picnic! Continue your journey east to the Seattle Center, being sure to ride on the West Thomas Street Overpass to avoid unnecessary hills.
6. The Space Needle at Seattle center (3rd Ave & Broad St Pronto Station)
The only place you can get 360 degree views of the Emerald City from over 500 feet in the sky! This Pacific Northwest landmark was constructed for the 1962 World's Fair and continues to be a tourist staple. The Seattle Center also houses the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and the Pacific Science Center which is a great destination for kids and adults alike. Just over a mile to our next stop, Westlake Center.
7. Downtown Seattle (Westlake Ave & 6th Ave Pronto Station)
Head back towards the heart of downtown to discover all your favorite shops including Nordstrom's flagship store, Zara, J.Crew, Westlake Center and Pacific Place mall. There's plenty of places nearby to grab a bite to eat or a happy hour drink with friends. From here you can either ride back to King Street Station, or catch the light rail and call it a day!
We are delighted to be partnering with Pronto Cycle Share on a series of blog posts in exchange for annual memberships. Stay tuned for more!