How to See Seattle From the Comfort of Your Car

Using the PayByPhone app, street parking becomes a breeze
| Updated: April 15, 2019

Sponsored by PayByPhone

Seattle offers some of the Pacific Northwest’s most acclaimed attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Whether you’re a local stopping by your favorite Ballard restaurant or a visitor taking in Seattle Center for the first time, now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get out and experience what Seattle has to offer. 

Driving to huge attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle can be intimidating, but the availability of street parking in those areas is somewhat underrated. For everything from dining in Capitol Hill to shopping in Ballard or going out for drinks in Fremont, by downloading the PayByPhone app you can eliminate the stress of finding coins or running out to feed the meter—and over 12,000 individual public parking stalls across the city make it easy to access local landmarks.  

The convenience of controlling your own schedule is worth it at many Seattle hot spots. On a leisurely day outside (perhaps followed by local ice cream), parking is available near Green Lake and Lake Union, as well as attractions like the Seattle Aquarium and Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. Shopping and dining attractions in the University District and South Lake Union are worth more than a two-hour visit, and the PayByPhone app allows you to extend your parking time from your phone. Save your cash for an afternoon spent wandering Pioneer Square, taking in the Ballard Locks and Nordic Museum or Fremont’s shops and pay for parking with a card. 

City street parking in Seattle uses PayByPhone, which makes claiming your spot as simple as entering your location (found on street signage or the nearest payment machine) and paying with a saved credit or debit card, all through the app. Drivers in Seattle can also take advantage of PayByPhone's “Nearby Locations” feature, which allows the app to suggest location numbers near you, simplifying the parking process even further. No need to rummage for coins—and if you decide to extend your stay past two hours, you can do so from the app without running to back to the car to feed the meter.  

The convenience of PayByPhone extends beyond Seattle—the app is usable for parking spots in Kirkland, Bellingham and Olympia, as well as cities like San Francisco and Boston. Even in Vancouver and across the UK, parking is still managed from one app.  

For more information, visit paybyphone.com/seattle. To download the app on Android or iOS, click here.

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