Capt.Fantastic From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 779 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1556 times:
I am considering traveling to Seattle/Everett to visit the Boeing facility. Has anyone ever been there, and can you tell me if it is worth the trip, or give me any other info? ... Are the tours worthwhile?
Also, is Seattle a nice city to spend a few days in? ... Can anyone give me any advice on Hotels, or sights to see? Your feedback is much appreciated ... Thanks!
Alaska739 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1524 times:
Personally, I've only been in the Renton facility. I haven't made it up to the plant in Everett.
But I can tell you about the city. It is a really nice city to spend a few days in-- even better if the weather is nice (good luck...lol). As for hotels, it depends on your budget. There are many upscale hotels in Downtown, Belltown, and the Waterfront (Hotel Edgewater, Hotel Monaco, Hilton, etc). Sights-- well, there are the big ones such at Pike Place Market (first Starbucks, great French bakery called "Le Panier"), Seattle Center, Downtown, etc. Alki Beach is fun (weather pending.. lol), Capital Hill has great food... Downtown restaurants are usually on the high end.
Anyway, I hope you decide to come out here. It's a great place, even better when the sun comes out.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6416 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1506 times:
Seattle a nice city? That is a bit of an understatement. It is gorgeous. To quote an old (Roger Miller?) song, "The bluest skies I've ever seen are in Seattle." I've been rather lucky I guess. I've never been there on anything but a cloudless day. I'd say though, that after five times, I'm due for a nice, disgusting, cloudy few days when I return.
I cannot recommend any lodging, but I can say that the Everett tour is interesting. The museum of flight is great though spotting at BFI is not greatly encouraged.
For non Boeing. Olympic peninsula. I love it out there.
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
Hardkor From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 1494 times:
hey I'm from Vancouver. I've travelled all over N. America and the only city that is comparable to it is Seattle. Nicest American city (more beautiful than most Canadian cities for that matter too) that I've been to. I prefer Vancouver personally, but hey, I'm biased.
Go visit Pikes market- Flying fish. I think they have coffer joints there called....hmm.......Starbucks....I think....(huge sarcasm).
Kdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1470 times:
Yes, Everett facility is great to tour. I've been there three times. The tour lasts about an hour. During peak times, tickets for the day often sell out fast, so get there early. The tours used to be free, but I think they charge a small fee now.
You will be amazed looking out over the factory floor and seeing so many 747s just sitting all over. It doesn't seem as big as it really is until you start putting everything in perspective.
Seattle is nice for a few days. If you have an extra day or so, drive up to Vancouver. It's a great city and your American dollars will go further.
Westjet_737 From Japan, joined Nov 1999, 869 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
I was just in Seattle for a few days last month. April 1-4th GREAT WEATHER, sunny most of the time. Its a great city. I visited the Everett Facility a couple of trips ago. Its awesome, I reccomend it 100%. Other things to do in Seattle.
-Museum of Flight (Great Place)
-Bank of America Tower (or Columbia Seafirst Tower for Seattleites) Observation deck. It is not 360 degrees but it is pretty close. Way better than the Space Needle in my opinion (If you want a great view). The observation deck is on the 73 floor.(About 900ft high compared to 558ft high on the Space Needle) $5.00 US compared to $11.00 on the space needle. When I was up there I was the only one. Had the whole place to myself.
It is not advritised (sp? sorry) or well marked so dont expect a sign to point you there. The only way to go up is to go to the building security desk and ask them to go up. You will pay them here. They will then escort you up and open the door to the deck.
SJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1429 times:
..The Everett facility is excellent...especially the 'ramp tour'.......(no cameras..)I recommend get there at 8am..!!!!!! you can't take photos anyways-so get there early...(but you can sneak photos around the facilities and side roads...I always have and have never been caught),,you have to be quick and gooood..!!
Tickets sell out very early($5.00per person (10-2001) and I imagine if you check their webpage you'll get up to date info...take extra money, as if you visit the gift-shop after the tour..be ready to go broke!
Then drive south from Everett to Paine-Field(Snohomish Airport) and drive the perimieter roads all the way back by Goodrich Areospace(south end) and you'll see the aircraft detail area by the Fire Station....don't make yourself obvious....be LOW KEY and you may get some great rare photos here...DON'T hang on the fence with a camera....take the photos and get back in the car....you'll see what I mean when you get there...
Boeing Field has the Museum as stated above...there are several access roads around the eastside of the airport...again,,remain inconspicous if taking photos...don't get caught hanging on the fence...the truck fuel dump parking lot at the north end of BFI is an excellent place to wait,,,it's just south of Albro Place bridge.....north of the where the helicopters are staged..I've gotten some great photos here on surprise arrivals...also, the hills on the east side of BFI(where I used to live,,,now freeway) offer overview advantage points to take photos---Swift Ave..south from Albro Place to Mars Ave..offers great overview of the airport...and the Olympic Mountain range if a clear day...excellent..this is where I used to live, is Mars Ave...it used to be a lot longer street, but the freeway took care of that...
Renton: I don't think they give tours, but the parking lot from the Chamber of Commerce on Rainier Ave S is where a great deal of the photos you see published are taken from....it's a neat place,,tho the trees are starting to infringe on line-of sight...you can also drive the perimeter fence inside Renton...unless they've changed things since 10/2001...
There are thousands things to do in Seattle....tho weather is always a concern...a Washington State Ferry ride to BainBridge Island and back is awesome,,,you can park outside and walk on for a small fee,,,(take camera) and ride over and back to SEA waterfront....traffic in SEA is horrific at times,,,as I-5 is the only main N/S freeway--the 405 outta Renton to Lynnwood is an option but it's east of the lake...takes time....Old Pacific Hwy)Aurora Blvd....only in an emergency....there is a signal light every block... so if going to Everett, GO EARLY.....there are motels everywhere, even in Everett by I-5 and the 526 exit to Everett/Paine Fld....Travel-Lodge is nice,,,,and a few others....