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User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4266 times:

Hi all,

Planning a trip to the US later on this year.
Would like to fly into SFO aboard Air NZ's new service, look around there for a couple of days and then fly north to Seattle, then down to LA.

Just a couple of questions though.
Can anyone tell me how far the Boeing plant (Everatt I think!) is from Seattle city centre and is there public transport (or even a shuttle service) available?

Any good hotel recommendations would be appreciated too.

Thanks in advance.

Mike (NZAA)  Smile

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User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4257 times:


Everett is about 30 miles north of Seattle. Don't think there is a an public transport up there. From the site: "There is limited public transportation from Seattle. Please call Metro at (206) 553-3000."

Check out http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/aboutus/tours/

As for hotels, how much are you willing to spend a night?


User currently offlineMckennasmall From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4239 times:

I once went on the tour. We flew from ZBB (boundry bay) to Boeing Field. Just landing on that runway on my 172 was awesome. I loved it when I was taxing behind a 747. The tour is great. Sidenote if you are in a wheel-chair you can not do the tour. It is awesome just the size alone was suprising. You will have a good time, trust me.

User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4224 times:

Gray Line (www.graylineofseattle.com) does operate a tour that goes just does the Boeing plant. As far as I know, this is the only way to do the Boeing plant without a car. The tour leaves from downtown Seattle and takes you up to the plant. It's pricey, $39, but its cheaper than renting a car.

pilottim747



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User currently offline7574EVER From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 478 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4208 times:

Whatever you do DO NOT stay at the Seattle Inn. Avoid this place at all costs. When my family and I took a trip to Seattle several years ago, we planned to stay there. Their slogan is (was?) "The best kept secret in Seattle" and had very reasonable prices. After arriving at the hotel, checking in, and retiring to our room, we understood why this place is/was the best kept secret in Seattle. If everyone knew of this place, no one would ever visit Seattle again. It was the biggest and smelliest dump I've ever been in. Needless to say, only about ten minutes after checking in, we were checked out and searching for a new hotel. We ended up staying at a very nice but fairly pricey hotel. I don't remember the name of it, but we were all very pleased. What was the first order of business after checking in for the second time of the day you ask? Taking a nice long shower to rid ourselves of the god awful odor of the best kept secret in Seattle.
And oh yes, I did tour the boeing plant.

[Edited 2004-02-02 04:41:52]


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User currently offline757KSLC From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4198 times:

Touring the Boeing plant is an aviation lovers tour of a life time! Its incredible, I LOVED it! Enjoy!


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User currently offlineJeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4148 times:

The Boeing tour is good but somewhat short. You are only in the factory for about 15 minutes or so and only by the 744 assembly if I remember correctly. You are then driven across to the painting hagar on a bus by all the a/c lined up preapring for delivery. Everett is about 35 minutes north of SeaTac Airport. Most hotels in the downtown area have airporter shuttles and offer info to obtain tickets for the tour.
Hotels I'd reccomend. For a reasonable cost, you get a luxurious room at the WESTIN Seattle right across from Seattle Center with a monorail to the space needle (if its still operational) If you are on a more limited budget, the Hampton Inn downtown is also a very good value and includes a cooked to order breakfast. Enjoy the tour and be sure to check out the Fisherman's Wharf!
JeckPDX



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User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4130 times:

Thanks guys for all your feedback.

I checked out the Boeing site soon after I posted.
For some reason, I always thought that Everett was south of Seattle......must take more notice when on my flightsim next time.

As far as hotel prices go, I'd look at mid-range. Not the Sheraton, but then not a dive either; after all, it's just somewhere to sleep.

That Grayline Tour seems just the deal because it would cover other attractions too.

Another attraction I didn't even think about was the Seattle Museum of Flight.
Must check that one out too.

Cheers,
Mike  Smile



User currently offlineThrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4123 times:

You can also get tours here at the Boeing factory in STL, I think, although it's not exactly the same as the main one in Seattle.


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User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4056 times:
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Well worth the trip. Bring plenty off cash for the Boeing company store which is right next to the tour office. Lots of good stuff! Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineJeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

The Museum of flight is right next to the B-737/757 assembly line in Renton. Just south of Seattle very near to SeaTac airport. I actually enjoyed the Museum more than than the tour, except seeing all the jetliners on the ramp in Everett, that is spectacular.

I also forgot to mention the Embassy Suites. Great hotel, great location, great price.

Enjoy your trip! If you're so inclined, come to PDX and check out the Columbia River gorge or the OR coast, both beautiful places.

JeckPDX



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User currently offlineTbonnie From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Museum of flight is at Boeing Field not at Renton. By the way, the museum is great plan at least a half of a day, you can also watch the traffic at Boeing field while listing to Air Traffic Control. Boeing delivers a lot of aircraft at Boeing mostly the narrow bodies.
-Tom


User currently offlineJeckPDX From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

Boeing field is in Renton, WA as is the Museum of flight. Paine field is in Everett, WA along with the assembly facility for 747, 767, 777 a/c


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User currently offlineSquad55 From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

Check out the Hilton Seattle AIrport Confrence Center. Usually you can get a room there for around 79.00 USD

User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2572 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3948 times:

JeckPDX;

I live in Renton, just a mile away from the Renton Airport. I did most of my flight training at Boeing Field.

I can say for a fact, since I've been there over 20 years, that the museum of flight is NOT at the Renton Airport.

Renton Airport: At the south end of Lake Washington, next to Interstate 405. This is where Boeing builds the 737 & 757. No tours available in the plant, although there is a nice park and walking path along the Cedar River between the plant and the runway.

Boeing Field: Just south of downtown Seattle alongside Interstate 5. The museum of flight is here, along with the Boeing delivery center where the planes that are made in Renton get flight tested and delivered to the customer.

Take it from me, they are two different airports.

Paine Field: 30 miles north of Seattle in Everett Washington where the widebodies are built, and where the tour of the 747 line is. Yes, the tour is about 20-25 minutes long with about 15 minutes spent inside the assembly hangar. If you are an airline employee, bring your I.D., as you can get on the tour for free.

Also, we don't have a "Fishermans Wharf" in Seattle, but I suspect you mean either the Pike's Place Market, or Fishermans Terminal. Either is fun to visit, although the Market is more of a place for tourists, the Terminal being a working boat harbor.

HAL

[Edited 2004-02-02 09:29:38]

[Edited 2004-02-02 09:32:17]


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User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

I thought Museum of Flight was at Tacoma Narrows.  Big grin

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