traveling to Seattle: questions...

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  1. jxyama macrumors 68040

    jxyama

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    answers from anyone familiar with seattle would be great...

    i'm going to seattle for a few days shortly before the 4th of july.

    1) how far is the airport from downtown? UW campus? i arrive late (past midnight), how much would a taxi be from the airport to a hotel near UW?

    2) how is the public transportation? there's a mariners game so i'm thinking about hitting safeco. how far is safeco? is it easy to get to without a rental car? i also need to see UW campus. will i need a car or will buses suffice? how's the parking situation in town? same as other cities? (i.e. fairly expensive and/or hard to find.)

    3) my flight out is very early (before 6am). is there a way other than taxi to get to the airport that early?

    4) i'll basically have two days free to roam around seattle. what would be cool things to do? would one of many parks outside seattle be worth a visit (albeit for just part of a day) should i decide to rent a car? if so, which one?

    thanks for any feedback!
     
  2. Krizoitz macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately SeaTac is kinda far out from the rest of Seattle, however to answer your next question the Metro Bus system is fantastic.

    The Transit Centers Online Trip planner will help you get from and to anywhere in Seattle.

    The bus ride to the UW from SeaTac Airport is just over an hour.

    You can catch buses (two transfers) starting at 1:30 AM that can get you to SeaTac from the University District by 3 AM.

    There are a ton of activities to do just in the downtown area alone. The Pacific Science Center is a lot of fun, as is the Experience Music Project. You can always take the elevator up to the observation deck of the Space Needle. Of course all three of thsoe things cost money. Pike Place Market is great and FREE with a TON of fresh food to buy very cheap.

    We have two Apple stores in the Seattle area. There is one in UVillage right by the University, and another one across the lake in Bellvue at Bellvue Sqaure Mall, which is a really nice mall as malls go. If you like movies, check out the Cinerama. Its an AMAZING theater. Hope this all helps.

    Since you are stopping at the UW are you a potential student or grad student? I just graduated from there this week, so if you have any questions PM me and I'll give you my e-mail and IM and would be glad to help you out.
     
  3. Crikey macrumors 6502

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    Whenever I go to Seattle I always go swing dancing. Lots of good Lindy Hop in that city. Check out www.savoyswing.com and www.centuryballroom.com if you, uh, swing that way.

    There are some nice parks inside Seattle: Seattle Center, Gasworks Park, and one up in Greenwood whose name I can't recall but it's also on the water. Rainier National Park and North Cascades NP are both incredible, but you won't have time to do them (certainly not to do them justice).

    Hey, you've made me jealous. Maybe it's time for another swing safari to Seattle.


    Crikey
     
  4. yahooz macrumors member

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    the bus system is awesome. plan your trip with the metrop trip planner: http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/

    pike place market is an awesome place to visit any time of day; there are some nice restaurants albeit expensive in 'pseudo-nearby' belltown area....
     
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  6. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Depending on where you're staying, the hotel may have a shuttle. Call them ahead of time and ask.
     
  7. madoka macrumors 6502

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    Forget public transportation. I was just there a couple of weeks ago for the weekend. It cost $29 a day for a rental car at the airport. It was well worth it considering how much time and frustration the public transportation system would have taken, especially since it starts to run infrequently at nights. Personally I did not think there was much to do there. Also note that things close early there. For example, Pikes Market closes at 6 PM on weekends. This came as a shock to me, since I come from a land where even supermarkets are 24/7 and something is always open. Only thing I found open 24 hours were 13 Coins and the Muckleshoot Casino (though again, I was only there for two days).
     
  8. Krizoitz macrumors 6502a

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    The thing to remember with rental cars is the sky high price of gas. Its around $2.25 a gallon in Seattle, possibly more. And while its true that the buses do taper off in the evening, the still run just fine to major areas.

    I did forget to mention that there are some great clubs and other smaller venues (such as Jazz Alley) if you are interested in that sort of entertainment.
     
  9. jxyama thread starter macrumors 68040

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    one more question i thought about...

    i want to go to a mariners game on friday afternoon on july 1st.
    the game is at 1:30pm against Texas.

    i know mariners have had a pretty rough season - do tickets still sell out?

    i prefer getting tickets at the stadium to see what's available and also not get charged outrageous fees by ticketmaster. being in detroit, i've gotten used to most games not being sold out. :p

    can someone tell me if tickets are still hard to come by in seattle? (i think not, since this is a friday afternoon game...)
     
  10. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    I've taken a Taxi from Seatac to the University district, it's gonna run you about $40.
     
  11. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Oh and I know where the cheap gas is too. Just make sure you go to either a Sams club gas, (in Renton south seattle) or any AM/PM Arco Gas, for it to be under $2/gal.
     
  12. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, good idea. You should definitely drive 10-20 miles out of your way, and out of the city, to save a few bucks on gas. It will be definitely worth it. Also, I recommend driving to renton at 5pm on a Friday.

    Lee Tom
     
  13. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Tickets are still quite hard to come by, and they are expensive. Also, the Mariners have been doing a little better lately. I suspect it being the 4th of July weekend, it might be a sellout.
     
  14. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    It isn't out of the way at all, Renton is only a couple of minutes or so away from Seatac. Most rental car agencies make you fill up before you return the car. And you can find Arcos all over Seattle, ESPECIALLY in North Seattle (close to the University District, where he said he was staying) for instance there is on on the corner of Roosevelt Way NE and Northgate Way NE conveniently located close to the Northgate shopping mall. Don't blow up because I recommend that he goes "out of (his) way" for gas that is 30¢ cheaper.
     
  15. jxyama thread starter macrumors 68040

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    thanks for all the suggestions, guys.

    i decided against getting a rental car. with two nights spent on campus, i figured it's not worth it. i'll be in downtown for two nights so i think walking around will be the way to go.

    by the way, i know my own research would be the best way to go, but what's the best/cheapest way to get to downtown from UW campus? a bus?

    it's also nice to get some info. on the taxi fares.

    thanks a bunch.
     
  16. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    IIRC it's very easy to get downtown from UW on a bus. 71, 72, or 73, takes about 15 minutes. All the bus stops have schedules and maps.
     
  17. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Most don't have maps, only schedules. There are a few others that run downtown as well, the 25 is highly regarded. Word of advice on the white buses, don't sit at the back, they are very loud. Bus fare is $1.25 for a one zone, and on the weekends you can get an all day pass for $2.00.
     
  18. jxyama thread starter macrumors 68040

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    got back from the trip on sunday... luckily, the weather was gorgeous and had fabulous time in seattle. only touristy thing i missed was the pioneer square, i think.

    caught the mariners game: managed to get a first row seat in section 118, just past the first base!

    i'll most likely be moving there in January! so i think i'll have plenty of time to explore the rest of the city.

    now must start thinking about finding a job there...

    again, thanks for all the helpful input!
     

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