Boeing Factory, Seattle
The Boeing Factory is about 30 minutes north of Seattle. We took a guided tour of the Boeing plant and also went through their flight museum. This is a great family activity and both of our children enjoyed it.
Boeing makes most of their commercial aircraft in the Seattle area in the suburbs of Renton in the south and Everett in the north. (The 717 is made near Los Angeles and military aircraft are made in places like St. Louis.) Naturally, there are airplanes parked
outside when they are almost finished. A few of them are “white tails” where they are unpainted except for white paint on the tail, possibly because an airline cancelled an order or a plane was built even though there was a gap in orders. Renton makes the 737 and
757. There are flight tests at Boeing Field so there are airplanes parked there. Everett makes the 767, 777, and 747. There are tours at Everett (Monday to Friday, $5) and there is a public park next to Renton Municipal Airport. Boeing Field has a fence around
it but you can see the airfield and airplanes from Interstate 5, which runs along a tall hill
over the airfield. If you travel by bus, you may have to walk a long ways at Renton. There is probably a bus between downtown and Boeing Field. I saw a sign at a bus stop at the Everett Tour Center that had many routes. Some of them may be timed for the factory worker’s shifts.