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Seattle Visit

Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:11 pm

Will be in Seattle with my family for the first time in August visiting friends in the city and on the islands

Whilst in WA obviously want to make a pilgrimage to Everett plus take in any other local aviation related places of interest. Have already been recommended a seaplane trip with Kenmore Air

I had perhaps not quite appreciated all the options at Everett including Future of Flight, Historic Flight, Museum of Flight, Flying Heritage, plus of course the Boeing factory tour

Would appreciate any advice on whether Everett is a one or perhaps two day event, the must see things and anything else within striking distance of Seattle that might be worth a look. I'm a GA flyer so always love to visit small airfield and strips

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RE: Seattle Visit

Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:34 pm

Now that is a city I have on my bucket list, have a fancy to pick up an RV and do some crusing.
This might help.
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RE: Seattle Visit

Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:19 pm

Book a scenic flight with Kenmore Air, out of their Lake Union Seaplane base in downtown SEA. The staff couldn't be friendlier and it's a great chance to log an old Otter of Beaver on floats. They land right between the sailboats too!

http://www.kenmoreair.com/

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RE: Seattle Visit

Sat Jun 14, 2014 1:32 am

I took a seaplane trip out of Lake Union in the 1990's (to Victoria, Canada, when Lake Union Air was still around) - it was definitely worth doing. Great views departing from and arriving to Lake Union.

Boeing Field and Renton are reasonably good for spotting also.
 
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RE: Seattle Visit

Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:51 am

I think you got your airports confused. Everett has the Boeing tour and future of flight museum. They are the same place. The tour is 90 minutes and you can see the rest of the museum in 30 minutes before of after. The museum of flight restoration center is on the other side of the airport. It is a bit of a hit or miss on how interesting it is depending on what's going on. An afternoon in Everett is sufficient. Book tickets early for the tour. They sell out on weekends.


The museum of flight is up to a full day and is at boeing field near downtown seattle. Everett is 30 miles north. I wouldn't call Everett a small airfield. There is a little but of GA activity, but also new build 767s, 777s, 747s, and 787s flying. At night there are lots of 737s and a320s flying for various airlines to the mro.
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RE: Seattle Visit

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:16 pm

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):

I think you got your airports confused. Everett has the Boeing tour and future of flight museum. They are the same place. The tour is 90 minutes and you can see the rest of the museum in 30 minutes before of after. The museum of flight restoration center is on the other side of the airport. It is a bit of a hit or miss on how interesting it is depending on what's going on. An afternoon in Everett is sufficient. Book tickets early for the tour. They sell out on weekends

   You will find little flying activity at PAE outside of GA, but on a fair weather day you will generally see something if patient, often a 737 touch n go, there is a nice mound by the museum overlooking the end of the runway and ramp. Last time I was there within 30 mins I saw a TAAG 77W & Turkmenistan 77L flying and a SZ & AA 738 doing touch and goes.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
The museum of flight is up to a full day and is at boeing field near downtown seattle

This is an excellent museum. If you read everything you will need a day and dont leave Concorde etc to the end, that closes earlier than the rest. BFI is also quite interesting for the spotter, usually about a dozen new 737's there and some test aircraft and the military 737's too, lots of GA & bizjets as well as heavy metal - and trains if you like those... Every time I have visited there has been something of interest there, US military, AWACS 737, rare bizjet, rare freighter. You also see aircraft on final approach to SEA depending on the wind, if you have a 300mm+ lens you can snap them enough to at least get the reg clearly.

There are also GA fields at Arlington and Burlington Skagit Regional, some interesting types there.

Quoting StlHsvSfoSan (Reply 3):
Great views departing from and arriving to Lake Union.

Never done it, but can imagine the views are great. I have flown the DHC floatplanes and it is definitely something to tick off your bucket list if you have not landed on water or flown a radial piston engine (Beaver).

Non aviation related, but go up the space needle too if you get a clear day, the views are great. Have dinner up there too, its not cheap but the food is good and the restaurant rotates 360 degrees every half hour or so, so your view changes while you eat - and you get buzzed by Robinson helicopters & Cessna's  
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RE: Seattle Visit

Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:16 pm

Thanks chaps for the great info and yes I did get my airfields confused as assumed the Museum of Flight was at Everett

Kenmore air looks a must and looks like I can take a flight out to San Juan where we will be staying

Also looking forward to my transcon journey to Seattle EYW-ATL-SEA
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RE: Seattle Visit

Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:49 pm

A couple additional points to visit if time permits:
1. Don't miss the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. Easy to reach by public bus.
2. Ferry to Bainbridge Island to visit the town of Winslow. Beautiful town with great food & drink. Nice way to spend
an afternoon. Great photo op of Seattle skyline from ferry.
3. Best Breakfast. Biscuit Bitch in downtown near Pike Place Market.
4. Best Happy Hour. Oliver's Lounge at the Mayflower Park Hotel near Westlake Center.
5. Take the light rail from Westlake Center to Lake Union to see Kenmore Air seaplane base if you don't fly them.
Seattle is a gem so in addition to stunning scenery, great food and lots to do....very friendly locals who welcome
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RE: Seattle Visit

Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:18 pm

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 7):
2. Ferry to Bainbridge Island to visit the town of Winslow. Beautiful town with great food & drink. Nice way to spend
an afternoon. Great photo op of Seattle skyline from ferry.

Definitely great advice. We took both the Bainbridge Island and Bremerton ferries last July. Winslow is a very charming town, and spending a late afternoon on the patio at Anthony's waterside in Bremerton was a great thing, too, though Winslow and Bainbridge Island are better overall ferry afternoon/evening destinations from Seattle.
 
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RE: Seattle Visit

Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:21 am

I toured PAE/Museum of Flight and Boeing about 8 years ago. I didn't see the need to spend more than 1 day there. In fact, I was there for about 6 hours and saw about all there was to see. I was disappointed in the Boeing Tour. All it involved was taking a bus over to a viewing deck overlooking one section of the assembly line. There were 3 777s being assembled at the time, which was interesting to look at. But they just spouted off a few facts you could easily learn on Wiki, let you take pictures for about 45 minutes, got back on the bus and that was the tour. The Museum of Flight was much better, and I wished I had spent more time in there than on the Boeing Tour.

Public transportation I guess is an option, but it's probably worth your time to go ahead and rent a car if able to.
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RE: Seattle Visit

Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:10 am

Thanks for all your help! I'm off to SEA to visit family in August too...
 
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RE: Seattle Visit

Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:24 pm

Guys, thanks again, particularly for the non-plane leads.

As well as a plane nut I'm a brewer too, so looking forward to getting my taste buds into the famous Washington and Oregon ales
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RE: Seattle Visit

Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:15 am

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
Book a scenic flight with Kenmore Air, out of their Lake Union Seaplane base in downtown SEA




   I work in the area and the sea planes fly to/from all day. Pretty amazing.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
The museum of flight is up to a full day and is at boeing field near downtown seattle.

   And it's a fun adventure. There is also a plane spotting place at Ruby Chow Park on S. Hardy street. It's at the end of the run way. Hungry? Walk north on 13th, left on Airport way for Smarty Pants. Good burritos and grub. Beer too. No-frills place.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 7):
2. Ferry to Bainbridge Island to visit the town of Winslow. Beautiful town with great food & drink. Nice way to spend
an afternoon. Great photo op of Seattle skyline from ferry.
3. Best Breakfast. Biscuit Bitch in downtown near Pike Place Market.
4. Best Happy Hour. Oliver's Lounge at the Mayflower Park Hotel near Westlake Center.
5. Take the light rail from Westlake Center to Lake Union to see Kenmore Air seaplane base if you don't fly them.
Seattle is a gem so in addition to stunning scenery, great food and lots to do....very friendly locals who welcome
you to their dynamic city.

   It's the Seattle Street Car. Technically, you have to pay, but the line doesn't have any way to verify. It's a short line and I take it daily, never been checked by a Transit person. If you will be using the Bus system (King County Metro), you can get an Orca card (pre-paid card for buses, etc.).

http://www.soundtransit.org/Document...pdf/orca/Retail_locations_ORCA.pdf Good ole cash works as well (bus rides are $2.25 or so. We are an Uber city, so if you don't have the app, I'd suggest it. Especially around the city. Taxi's work too.

Quoting shankly (Reply 11):
As well as a plane nut I'm a brewer too, so looking forward to getting my taste buds into the famous Washington and Oregon ales

Hope you are thirsty...

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Try the Argosy cruise from the Pier downtown. They have several, but there is one that goes into Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks into Lake Union. They bus you back downtown after (not a long ride).

Kerry Park on Highland Drive in the Queen Anne neighborhood has sweeping views of the city and the Space Needle (Frasier anyone?) Queen Anne is a nice area. It's split in to areas - Lower Queen Anne and Upper Queen Anne. There's a nice French Restaurant, casual, called Toulouse Petite in Lower Queen Anne. Ironic, get it?

You'll find a ton of Asian delights in Seattle. Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese. Visit the wonderful ID (International District) for great restaurants ( just on the edge of downtown, prior to the stadiums).

Key neighborhoods in downtown Seattle - Capitol Hill (gayborhood), Queen Anne (nice old homes, good food), Belltown (highrise yuppie), First Hill (medical), Madison Park (beach), ID (good ethnic food), Green Lake (beautiful lake with a path around it about 2.8 miles), Freemont (nice farmers market, food, eclectic). These are only my descriptions.

Anyhow, more questions or things you like to do / eat, let us know and we can help.

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RE: Seattle Visit

Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:43 pm

And bring plenty of money. Seattle is pretty expensive. I found gas prices and food in restaurants to be higher than what you would expect. But it's worth it. Seattle is a very beautiful city.
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