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Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:23 pm

I am planning on taking a trip to Seattle this summer. I would like to tour the Boeing Plant, go to the Space Needle, see Mt. Rainer, and go to a Seattle Mariners game.

1. Any suggestions on airlines from MDW or ORD to SEA?
2. Based off of what I want to do (stated above), What area of Seattle should I stay in? (Keep in mind, I know nothing of the geography or location of Seattle or Suburbs)
3. What exactly do you get to see at the Boeing Plant and how much does it cost?
4. Are there any good tours that take you to Mt. Rainer?


Thanks Guys!
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:53 pm

Quoting Chi-town (Thread starter):
1. Any suggestions on airlines from MDW or ORD to SEA?

AS, AA, UA, and WN all fly nonstop to SEA from Chicago. The first three from ORD an WN from MDW. I would say go to the airport you can access the easiest and/or pick the airline/aircraft/schedule/price combination you would enjoy most.

I have not been to SEA myself so I cannot answer the other questions. Sorry.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:58 pm

Well the Space Needle is downtown Seattle. Scores of hotels in the area.

The Boeing tour is in Everett, roughly 30 miles north of Seattle. You start at the Museum of Future Flight and then drive over to the 777/787 assembly bays. You used to get to drive along the flight-line, but they didn't do that last time I visited in early 2006.

There is a Hilton Garden Inn across from the plant adjacent to the Museum of Future Flight plus smaller chains in the area.

I also recommend you visit the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, which is about 10 miles south of Seattle.

Mount Rainier is south and east of Seattle. I am sure there are tour companies.
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:06 pm

I'll leave 1 and 3 for other people who will be able to better address them...

If you plan on renting a car, I'd avoid large population centers like Seattle or Bellevue. There are quite a few hotels in the Tukwila area, just up the road from SEA. Tukwila's conveniently located at the intersection of I-5 and 405. If you don't plan on renting a car (which I would advise against -- transit is good to population centers, but not to the farther reaches like the Boeing plant, etc), you'll want to stay in Bellevue or Seattle (I'd suggest Bellevue, since it would be a bit cheaper than downtown Seattle).

I'd also highly recommend looking at spending at least a couple of days on the Olympic Peninsula. Check out a town like Port Townsend (and if you stay out there, you MUST go to the Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock -- trust me) and you'll get to see some gorgeous scenery. There are a ton of B&Bs on the Peninsula, too. I'd recommend around 2 days out there (if not more) to fully experience it.

As far as trips to Mt. Rainier, you'll probably be better off doing a trip on your own. You'll want to check on conditions down there though (www.nps.gov/mora = Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park website), since Mt. Rainier National Park (and Olympic National Park) got completely hammered in the storms we had this winter. There are chunks of road, campgrounds, and major areas in the park that are just completely gone. At the least, sections will be undergoing major repairs. One of the lodges (Paradise, iirc) is also going through major renovation, and I don't know if it will be reopened this summer. You might want to head a bit farther south and see Mt. St. Helens... it's a bit more interesting, and given its recent indigestion, you may be able to see some ash or steam coming from the dome. Unless you want to do a guided hike, you'll probably be better off driving to each -- you get more freedom/flexibility. Some friends are doing a hike at Mt. St. Helens this summer, and actually registered online for it at the Mt. St. Helens website.

When you head up to the M's game, the bus is the way to go... park at one of the park and rides, and take Metro in. I usually do South Bellevue Park and Ride, take the 550 over, and catch the M's shuttle back after the game. Check out http://transit.metrokc.gov for details after the season starts. If you drive to the game, you'll be sitting in a line to leave the parking garage while bus after bus drives by.  Smile You'll also want to avoid trying to park in downtown Bellevue or downtown Seattle, since it's quite pricy. Go for a park and ride and take the bus. It's moderately easy to trade up to a better seat (especially if the team has as stellar a record as the past few years) so you may want to go for a left field bleacher seat.

I'll try to think of more stuff and let you know as it comes to my mind. Hope this helps.  Smile
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:08 pm

Airline choice would depend on things that are important to you like schedule and fare.

But wouldn't it be appropriate to fly Alaska Air with its HQ in Seattle?
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:09 pm

If you want the full Seattle experience, fly on Alaska Airlines from ORD to SEA. They fly the route nonstop and although they have slipped from where they once were, they are a little different type of airline. The younger crews are fun and of course they will be Pacific Northwest based.

In Seattle you should stay in the city of Seattle itself. It has a nice downtown area with plenty of hotels that have a large range of prices. You can walk around downtown and go to the Pike Place Market which is a wildly popular fish market.

Just south of the city on a short taxi, car drive or bus ride away is the Museum of Flight. It is on par with the Smithsonian for its commercial aviation collection. They have a Concorde that they actually let you walk inside. It is an amazing place that you should spend a day at. I worked there for a summer and had a blast.

In Seattle, the mountains and hiking are big selling points. The ferries and seeing the Olympic Peninsula across the sound is fun. I suggest getting on some cruise on the water at some point. A concierge at a hotel can help.

The Boeing plant that allows tours is in Everett which is 30 miles north of the city. It is very inexpensive and is a good show where you get to see the plant from overhead and then you get to do a drive by the flightline. Do a google search to find out more information.

I have no idea about tours to Mt. Rainier. A travel agent might know that.

One more thing. Go in the summer. Go between June and September and the weather will be ok. Otherwise it might be a little cool, cloudy or rainy. Seattle doesn't get heavy rain, but there are periodic rain showers over the course of the day for most of the year, but the summers are the best in the country.

I lived in Seattle for 18 years, so if you want more advice, give me a hollar.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:22 pm

I flew ORD-SEA back in 1995 on a UA DC-10, back in the good old days. Now you won't even have the option of flying on a widebody. If you like MD-80's go with AA otherwise I'd go with UA.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 5):
If you want the full Seattle experience, fly on Alaska Airlines from ORD to SEA.

Not a bad choice either, but if you go with AS make sure the flight is operated by AS equipment. Most of the time you will be transferred to AA.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:31 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
I also recommend you visit the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, which is about 10 miles south of Seattle.

Last time I was up there, you could drive around the field which was cool.. of course that was when the 757 line was still open and there were bothe 757 and 737's out on the tarmac awaing delivery... also the 777 worldliner was there that day.. WOO HOO lol... I suggest heading up to everett early... the day I went up there (btw if you are an airline employee you get a free ticket day of tour) you can watch to see any test flights... I got to see a china airlines 747 cargo do touch and goes and flyby's for the afternoon... that was awsome....
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:33 pm

The Boeing Tour in Everett is part of the Future of Flight Museum at Paine Field in Everett.

http://www.futureofflight.org/

All the info you need should be on there. I would agree with the other posts about staying in Seattle itself. If you really want to see the Pacific Northwest... rent a car if you can. Otherwise, you can hop on a ferry and ride out into the San Juan Islands.

Lots of information here:

http://www.gonorthwest.com/Default.htm

If you want specifc information drop me an email. I live in Everett and work at B in engineering
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:37 pm

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 5):
One more thing. Go in the summer. Go between June and September and the weather will be ok. Otherwise it might be a little cool, cloudy or rainy. Seattle doesn't get heavy rain, but there are periodic rain showers over the course of the day for most of the year, but the summers are the best in the country.

Summer starts here on July 5th (it usually is crappy on the 4th) and ends in mid-September. Traditionally, it doesn't rain the weekend of the Bellevue Art Fair (though it did two years ago). June is usually rainy, but May can be nice.

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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:51 pm

Oh there is one more thing that you can do if you want to have an absolutely amazing time. At Boeing Field there are two flight schools. You can go to either and get a introduction flight. They'll teach you a little about flying and you can put your hands on the controls. Seattle is nestled between mountains and water and is so beautiful. In my opinion it is the most beautiful part of the country to fly over. It is a great thing to do and only costs about $120 at Wings Aloft at BFI.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:04 pm

Quoting FATFlyer (Reply 4):
But wouldn't it be appropriate to fly Alaska Air with its HQ in Seattle?



Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 5):
If you want the full Seattle experience, fly on Alaska Airlines from ORD to SEA. They fly the route nonstop and although they have slipped from where they once were, they are a little different type of airline. The younger crews are fun and of course they will be Pacific Northwest based.

Thats what I was thinking since Ive never flown Alaska.

Thanks for all the great tips guys!

I'm getting the general consensus that I should not stay in downtown Seattle?

Also, I am a huge seafood fan. Any suggestions for restaurants?
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:56 pm

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 11):
Any suggestions for restaurants

Salty's on Alki just across the bay from downtown has a great view of the city at night. http://www.saltys.com/

Sushi......Shiro's downtown just north of Pike's Market in Bell Town is superb. http://www.shiros.com/

Ponti's Seafood Grill has excellent food and wine....love the fireplace in the bar. http://www.pontigrill.com/

Anthony's Pier 66 on the waterfront in downtown is wonderful. http://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/info/pier66.html

The Pink Door up the street from Pike's Market is a place you've just got to visit  Smile http://thepinkdoor.net/

94 Stewart, the name gives away the location just up the street from Pike's Market on Stewart St. is just flat out great food, sit at the bar and watch the Chef whip up the meals. http://www.94stewart.com/

Seattle has some of the best places to eat of any city I've been......enjoy the entire area, it is beautiful, you'll want to return again and again.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:08 am

Quoting Cpw (Reply 3):
If you plan on renting a car, I'd avoid large population centers like Seattle or Bellevue. There are quite a few hotels in the Tukwila area, just up the road from SEA. Tukwila's conveniently located at the intersection of I-5 and 405. If you don't plan on renting a car (which I would advise against -- transit is good to population centers, but not to the farther reaches like the Boeing plant, etc), you'll want to stay in Bellevue or Seattle (I'd suggest Bellevue, since it would be a bit cheaper than downtown Seattle).

Actually to do what he wants, I think a rental car is almost an absolute necessity. You can get by without one if you are donwtown, but the bus service to the suburbs is very limited in non commute hours. You'll be stuck in your hotel all night if you don't want to pay for a cab.

Also I think although expensive, staying downtown is the way to go. You can walk to the Mariners game. You can take the monorail to the Seattle Center where the space needle is. And then you can drive to the airplane sites at Boeing Field (5 or so miles to the south) which has great spotting since it has the delivery line of the 737 and is where the incredible Museum of Flight is. You can drive the 30 miles to Everett. You can drive off to see Mt. Rainier.

If you want to be cheap, you can stay anywhere near the airport, but you'll need a car to do that and it is no where near as fun. All the nice restaurants are downtown and not near the airport. Downtown is expensive, but the best way to do the city.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:36 am

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 11):
I'm getting the general consensus that I should not stay in downtown Seattle?

Also, I am a huge seafood fan. Any suggestions for restaurants?

I lived in downtown Seattle for 7 years, and yes I would highly recommend staying there. I have stayed both at "the Warwick" $140/night, with great Space Needle views, and "the Andra" $180/night. Nice hotels. In terms of restaurants definetly "flying fish", "cutters", and yes "anthony's", "etta's". Enjoy
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:10 am

Quoting TK787 (Reply 14):
etta's

Darn forgot about Etta's.....and the Waterfront Marriott is a perfect spot to do all the downtown stuff.....Fish Club is highly acclaimed as well for excellent food.
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Tue Feb 13, 2007 10:20 am

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 6):
Not a bad choice either, but if you go with AS make sure the flight is operated by AS equipment. Most of the time you will be transferred to AA.

I dont think so...maybe you are referring to code shares, but AS operates their equipment on flights to ORD every day, and i have never heard of this equipment switching


As for restaurants, you must go to Chinooks if you like seafood, you can also eat at the top of the space needle, but it is expensive.

Have a great trip!!!
 
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RE: Suggestions On SEA Trip

Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:04 am

Quoting Cpw (Reply 3):
I'd also highly recommend looking at spending at least a couple of days on the Olympic Peninsula. Check out a town like Port Townsend (and if you stay out there, you MUST go to the Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock -- trust me) and you'll get to see some gorgeous scenery. There are a ton of B&Bs on the Peninsula, too. I'd recommend around 2 days out there (if not more) to fully experience it.

Wow I have been there too! Amazing place. I recommend it as well. Very nice place to be at and make your way to the Fort as well on the other side. The Ajax Cafe is also a place to go. Good choice. This place will be worth it.

Quoting Cpw (Reply 3):
I'd avoid large population centers like Seattle or Bellevue

Funny because I was actually going to recommend staying in Bellevue. The city is very nice and there are a lot of things to do even around that area. When I go to Seattle every year, I stay at the Double Tree Suits that are very nice and always welcomed with a nice warm Chocolate Chip Cookie!

Renting a car is a must in my opinion. Also something that you will not want to miss out on is Boeing Air Field to see the musium and House of Music is an amazing place to visit. Plan on spending most of the day there.

I also go to the Seattle Mariners 3 game series usueally and it is a very nice ball park. You will enjoy it. Something you will notice at the ball park is that the signs are also written in Japanieese instead of just English and Spanish like all other ball parks. Mainly due to some of the players there. The one thing that bums me out about the ball park is that it is hard to get to with all the train tracks and roadways right next to it. Parking will be a pain. You might want to get there 2 hours early and make it a nice time to check out the ball park and to get some nice Japanieese food in there.
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