Tuesday's Travel Tips – Seattle


The northernmost BlueCity on the West Coast of the U.S., Seattle is the perfect manageable urban center – small and friendly, clean and open-minded – with plenty of fun places to explore! Our enthusiastic Seattle Crewmembers put their heads together and came up with some great travel tips!

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Image courtesy of papalars on Flickr

With an environmental program that started in 1993, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is at the top of the list for greenest airports. With an average of 5,000 tons of trash each year, SEA recycled more then 1,311 tons last year alone, recycling everything from paper, to batteries, to coffee grounds, and more!

In December of 2009 the Seattle Light Rail system began connecting traveling customers to and from the airport from downtown Seattle, and it’s only $2.50 each way! To continue on to the Pacific Science Center, Space Needle, or the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, just jump on the Monorail for an additional two dollars.

Dubbed the coffee capital of the country (and city with the most caffeine-addicts), don’t miss out on one of the many local java joints for some fresh-brewed, caffeinated goodness.

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Image courtesy of bwmullins on Flickr

This coastal city is also home to some famous fishing, so be sure to visit the Chittenden locks and Pike Place Market, where you can spot one of the country’s largest salmon and flying-fish populations, respectively and buy fresh, local eats. Naturally following this stop on your tour, Inflight Crewmember, Tena, says to check out Duke’s Chowder House, for some of the best clam chowder (Tena also recommends their dungeness Crab and corn chowder). For a more quiet dining experience, Tena says to check out Palisades Restaurant, and for the best brunch, Salty’s on Alki is her favorite. At night, Salty’s gives you a great view of the city lights (not to mention their chocolate fundue fountain).

For a enjoy delicious organic meal head to Tilth for great mini-duck burgers, where the head chef, Maria Hines, was featured on Top Chef Masters. The Crab Pot is a unique dining experience located on Elliot Bay’s waterfront. For another great seafood hot spot visit Ray’s Boathouse on Shilshole Bay. And Southern California has In & Out Burger, but Seattle has Dick’s– and to the Washingtonians Dick’s wins hands down.

Head to Pioneer Square for some nightlife, where there is always jazz and dancing seven nights a week. And don’t forget to take a ferry ride and find out why it’s Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy’s favorite thing about Seattle. Not only do you have a beautiful view of the city, but a breathtaking view of the Olympic Mountains.

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Image courtesy of Brent Nashville on Flickr

Coordinator Central Reservations Support, Kim, recommends you visit Seattle Underground, a unique network of passageways underneath the present-day city streets, which were at street level in the mid-1800s. And if you’re into sports, Kim also suggests you catch a Mariners or Seahawks game, as both stadiums are easily accessible from downtown.

Seattle takes pride in its Native American Heritage. To experience this to the fullest take the Tillicum Village Tour to Blake Island with a appetizer of steamed clams, salmon dinner buffet and Northwest Native American Dance Show.

Seafair is Seattle’s traditional summer festival. This month-long, region-wide barbecue, brings an entire community together in celebration. In September Seattle holds its annual state fair, The Puyallup Fair, which includes all the fixin’s of a darn-tootin’ good time, including farm animals, rides, a rodeo, and lots of local food and other homemade goodies. This year’s entertainment list includes Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, among other, talented national and local stars.

For aviation buffs, The Museum of Flight exists to acquire, preserve, and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts and, while you’re there, take a tour of Air Force One and the Concorde. You can also visit Paine Field in Everett for a tour of the largest building in the world by volume which Boeing built to assemble the 747.

Seattle may be known for its rain, but to the SEA Crewmembers it’s called the Emerald City. Being surrounded by greenery- the Olympics, Cascades, Mount Rainer, and fresh air, Seattle is an amazing place to visit.

Do you have any great Seattle travel tips to share? Leave them in the comments below, or Tweet them using the hashtag #TTSEA.