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3 Days in Seattle...what are the must sees

Myrtle Beach
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3 Days in Seattle...what are the must sees

We will be flying into Seattle prior to an Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver on May 16, 2014. Arriving either May 12th or 13th. We would like to see one or two of the National Parks near Seattle and def the Space Needle. We are debating driving from Seattle to Vancouver or taking the train. We would leave for Vancouver early May 16th. How will the weather be, and if we can only see one or two parks which should be definately not miss

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1. Re: 3 Days in Seattle...what are the must sees

You should head up on the 15th to Vancouver and overnight there. I would take the train or bolt bus up there instead of driving, which probably doesn't pencil out, unless you have four people.

As for what to see in Seattle, be sure to read up on the "Things to Do" sections here on TA. Those give a pretty good overview of what there is to do. In May, there will still be snow in the mountains, so be prepared for that. Check with the National park service to see about what the current conditions are when ti gets closer. You will need a full day if you want to do Mt. Rainier. The olympic peninsula is not really an option, given the time constraints. It is best to overnight out there, IMHO.

As for things here in Seattle, be sure to check out the Pike Place Market and some of our neighborhoods. We are a foodie town, which means that there is a plethora of excellent restaurants to choose from in just about every culinary tradition you can imagine. New American and Sushi are probably two of our strengths. A middle of the road sushi place here is probably better than the good place you have there in Florida. Our good places are as good as what you get in Japan. Check help and look for restaurants that have 4.5 stars and at least 100 reviews. Those are generally the established good places that locals go to. Also, ignore any one star review complaining about service, but raving about everything else. TA reviews of restaurants are skewed towards easily accessible and well known places that tourists visit.

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2. Re: 3 Days in Seattle...what are the must sees

There will still be snow at both Mt. Rainier NP and North Cascades NP in mid-May. Not a great time for a quick trip to either one.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Seattle and Vancouver. I'd save the Parks for a summer trip to include Olympic NP and Mt. St. Helens.

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Space Needle, YOU HAVE TO GO RIDE THE DUCKS!!! Amazing and so much fun tour of Seattle... It is located near the space needle! Freemont troll very cool, and hit the aquarium very neat place to see, there is so much to see and do in Seattle... you won't be bored!

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Thanks for all the great info. I think we will take the train to Vancouver on the 15th and overnight precruise there. That will give us time to concentrate on the downtown Seattle area without spending a lot of time in the car. How is public transportation from the airport and around the downtown area? Thinking of skipping the car rental and finding a place to stay near the bus lines and Space Needle area

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Public transportation is good in the central city...having a car is a hassle. Depending on how much baggage you have, the Link Light Rail from the airport into downtown is only $2.75 and takes about 35 minutes. If baggage is a problem there are plenty of ground transportation options as soon as you walk out of the baggage claim area.

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6. Re: 3 Days in Seattle...what are the must sees

Yes you can save one of our national Parks for another time, but you will be here and realistically only you know what are the chances of returning to this area. I would not rule out Mt. Rainier if you do not mind mountain driving and you get decent weather. Yes there will be snow at higher elevations, but the roads should be snow free. I would not rule it out. I would still consider waiting till the last minute and seeing how the weather is. Olympic National Park can be fantastic, but you would need to arrive sooner. IMO it really depends on how bad you want to see one of our beautiful National Parks, weather conditions and how much effort you want to make. I can tell you this like Alaska you will not see anything comparable on the East Coast. Everyone travels differently.

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