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    SeaTac Airport

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 15, 2012

    Seattle Tacoma Airport was constructed in 1944 after the U.S. military took over Boeing Field during World War II. In 2011, the airport served over 32.8 million passengers, making it the 17th-busiest airport in the United States. The top five busiest airlines at SeaTac in 2011 were Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

    Unfortunately I flew in via American Airlines, one of the worst airlines in America. My plane out of Tampa was delayed by an hour, so they rebooked me on a later flight. The rebooked flight was also delayed by about 45 minutes due to maintenance, so I almost missed my connecting flight in Chicago. My flight from Chicago to Seattle was also delayed due to maintenance, so I arrived in Seattle about 5 hours later than I had originally planned. To top it off, it took more than an hour for my bags to get from the airplane to the baggage claim area. I hate American Airlines (last time I flew with them, they cancelled my flight from Miami to Tampa, forcing me to drive the 4 hours in the middle of the night to get home; they refused to pay a dime).

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    Chinatown to Pike Place Market

    by joiwatani Written Aug 21, 2012

    If you take the bus (#510, #511, #513) from 9th and Stewart going to Chinatown, then it is still within the free ride area zone. The ride is about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the traffic.

    From Chinatown, you can take the buses mentioned above and bus #7, #36 on Jackson Street. And stop by Pike 3rd and Pike and just walk three blocks to Pike Place Market.

    From Chinatown, you can also catch #510, #511 and #513 to go to Pike and stop by 5th and Pike and walk six blocks down to the Pike Place Market.

    You can also catch the bus under the tunnerl- bus #106 and stop by University Street and walk down towards the water. It's about seven blocks.

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    Driving from Forks, WA to Seatac Airport

    by joiwatani Written Jul 10, 2012

    Currently, there are no concerns on the freeways if you are travelling from Forks to the Seatac Airport. There are no consructions on the freeways right now. Just make sure that you are not travelling during rush hours! The rush hours in Seattle to Seatac is between 7:30 am -8:30 am and 4:00-5:00 pm.

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    Limousines

    by iammon Updated Jun 5, 2012

    We needed transportaition from the airport to Edmonds. Still did a good job. They have everything from town cars to stretch limos. Pickup from the curb outside bagagge claim or 3. Floor of parking. Use curbside phones or go to booth at parking. Cost was 70 dollars.

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    Amtrak to and from Portland

    by staindesign Written Nov 14, 2011

    Amtrak is awesome! I recommend buying your tickets online bc it is easier to select dates and times for your specific needs. This mannor of transport isn't utilized enough in Seattle. The station is located downtown with great access to the bus system. The round trip cost me $55 dollars and the trip was only 3 hours one way. The view is beautiful! And since it wasn't crowded at all, I recommend this to travelers. It is cheaper and less hassle than driving!

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    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    by joiwatani Written Oct 11, 2011

    Sound Transit Link Light Rail offers an easy, direct connection from Seattle Amtrak Station to SEA-TAC Airport. Walk out King St. exit, turn left to the Weller Street Pedestrian Overpass and follow it directly two blocks to the Internaitonal District Station. Trains run every 8-15 minutes, 5:00 a.m. t- 2:00 p.m.

    Travel time is 36 minutes. Tickets are $2.50, sold by machince at the entrance. Sound Transit Information: 1-888-889-6368 or www.soundtransit.org

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    Bike + Ride around the Sound

    by joiwatani Written Aug 16, 2009

    The streets of Seattle are biker-friendly. At least the city is trying to. You can link your bicycle trips with public transportation to go just about anywhere.

    Riding your bike is convenient and great for your health. Not only that it is good for the environment, it is far less expensive than driving a car.

    In Seattle, you can take your bike along with your on your bus, train, vanpool or ferry.

    Use a Bike+Ride Station to access convenient services.

    Ride to a nearby Park & Ride lot, and store your bike at a secure locker.

    All the public transit buses serving the Seattle area are equipped with bicycle racks, and racks can be installed on most vanpools upon request. Trains and ferries provide designated bicycle parking areas.

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    Biking at the Waterfront and in Alki Point

    by joiwatani Written Feb 8, 2009

    There is a bike path in Alki Point which is very safe and very nice. The view while you are biking is outstanding! The bike path is overlooking the Puget Sound.

    At the Waterfront, you can also bike. However, you will deal with a lot of visitors visiting Seattle! Avoid the summer time biking at the Waterfront because that's the time a lot of big cruiselines (big ship cities) come to Seattle.

    There are many bike paths around Seattle. There is one from Everett all the way to Seattle!

    Biking in Seattle
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    Wheelchairs/Strollers

    by joiwatani Written Feb 7, 2009

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    Seattle has improved all the walkways and streets that these are accessible by wheelchairs and strollers. This is true close to the Waterfront. I see a lot of local residents come to the Waterfront and they bring their strollers.

    However, because Seattle has downhill and uphill, having the strollers downtown might be a challenge. Sometimes the climb is 45 degrees that's why.

    Also, some streets have flashing lights and sounds for people with disability.

    Quickest/No hassle way of strolling
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    The pedicab

    by joiwatani Written Feb 7, 2009

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    This pedicab driver requested that I should email him his picture when I requested that I take this picture. He takes tourists to and fro at the Waterfront. There is not a lot of this drivers around the waterfront. The Seattle Waterfront goes from the Bainbridge Island Ferry terminal to the different Piers like the Pier 57 where the Argossy Cruises are or to the ferry boat that goes to Victoria, Canada. At the Waterfront, you will see the Seattle's Aquarium and the Water Park and mostly an array of Seattle souvenir shops and restaurants. There is also a food court close to the waterfront.

    If you are up to it, take this pedicab!
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    Parking at Pike Place Market

    by joiwatani Updated Feb 7, 2009

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    Parking at Pike Place Market is really difficult. So, if you are in Seattle, make sure to go to Western Avenue (instead of at the top of the Pike Place Market) to park. There is a building to park your car there and the entrance to the parking is close to the World Spice Market.

    The reason why it is convenient to park here is because the parking is in between the Waterfront and the Pike Place Market. You can just use the elevator to go to the Pike Place Market and then go down to the first floor and walk a few blocks to go to the Waterfront (going to the Aquarium, the Bainbridge ferries, the Pier 57-59, the Argossy Cruises, The Fisherman's Wharf, etc.).

    The parking over there is about $6.00 for early birds.

    Parking at the Pike Place Market/Aquarium The entrance to the Waterfront elevator The Western Avenue side of the Pike Place Market The entrance of the parking lot (building) The elevator that goes to Pike Place/Waterfront
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    Drivers for hire

    by joiwatani Written Jan 18, 2009

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    There are drivers for hire in Seattle. There is the Express Shuttle to the Airport, affordable town car sedans, customized tours, town car pick ups at hotels.

    For more information call the drivers for hire and ask for prices. These are professionals and they don't rip off visitors. The City of Seattle is a safe place to visit!

    If you have concerns about your safety, always call the police authorities and they come and investigate right away. Or, call 911 and have it re-directed to the Seattle Police Department.

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  • Seattle airport to Seattle Center

    by KatoSeattle Written Oct 19, 2008

    Go down to parking level at airport and get a shuttle bus which is cheaper than a cab and quick and easy. Usually less than $30 one way. Bus is possible but a hassle with luggage and you'll need to transfer.

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  • Bicycle Routes in Seattle

    by elbegewa Written Apr 23, 2008

    Below is lots of information on bicycling in Seattle (including from the airport).

    While the bikeways are not as well developed here as in Deutschland, there are lots of opportunities.

    Seattle:
    You can find lots of information and bicycle maps on the web at:
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemapsmore.htm
    You can order a printed map to be mailed to you at:
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemapform.htm

    A description of a bicycle route from the airport to downtown Seattle and the harbour is at:
    http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/seatacbikemap.htm
    There is lots more information and many links on various pages at the above websites.

    King County (the area around Seattle, including the airport, has a good bicycle website at:
    http://www.metrokc.gov/kcdot/roads/bike/index.cfm
    The following map from the website is the area near the airport:
    http://www.metrokc.gov/kcdot/roads/bike/maps/12.pdf
    And the following map is the area between that above and Seattle
    http://www.metrokc.gov/kcdot/roads/bike/maps/7.pdf

    Route through Kitsap and Clallam counties to Port Angeles:
    The Port Townsend bike association has a good website at:
    http://www.ptbikes.org/
    They have lots of maps available on the web, or to order, at:
    http://www.ptbikes.org/maps/index.html

    Seattleā€™s Cascade Bicycle club is the largest in the US and may be a good resource
    http://www.cascade.org/Home/

    Gute Reise mit dem fahhrad!

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    SEA-TAC Seattle International Airport

    by leafmcgowan Written Mar 31, 2008

    Conveniently located 1.5 miles from Interstate 5 - Sea-TAC (SEA) is abbreviated by a acronym-like name based off of Sea(ttle) and Tac(oma) as the two main hubs it represents. A urban transportation city or suburb called "Seatac" is home to the international airport and gateway to the Pacific world. Its the main hub for Alaska and Northwest Airlines and serves as a international gateway for North America, Europe, and East Asia. In 2007 Sea-Tac served nearly 31.3 million passengers, making it the 17th busiest airport in the United States. The top five carriers at Sea-Tac in number of passengers carried in 2007 were Alaska Airlines (35.0%), Horizon Air (13.1%), Southwest Airlines (8.7%), United Airlines (8.6%), and Northwest Airlines (6.7%). In 1944 the Airport was constructed by the Port of Seattle to serve the citizens of Washington State since Boeing Field was taken over by the military during World War II. The first scheduled flights took place in 1947. It became an International airport shortly after with its first direct service to Tokyo. Today it's a hub of activity serving Seattle's very busy economic and business sector - especially after Seattle took over as a digital hub with Microsoft and Adobe setting up shop in the area. My visits to Sea-Tac have been numerous through the course of my life, and each and every visit has been a pleasant and efficient experience. Wifi, services, restaurants, and shops. Since 911, however, the security and check-through with the authority can get piled up and is not as efficient as alot of other airports. Getting to the car rentals for the most part are very efficient, and while public transportation can be tricky at SEA-TAC, it is efficient (but very costly) especially if trying to get to Seattle or Tacoma. Cabs can charge higher than a daily car rental. Be prepared for the additional expense. Enroute to Vancouver, British Columbia I didn't have to worry about ground transportation on this visit, but didn't particularly enjoy the out-onto-the-runway hopping onto a small jet trip on Canada air jazz, mainly because i don't like small planes, it was however a good flight. Rating : 4 stars out of 5. Last Visited 3/21/08.

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