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Family Vacation in Seattle

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Family Vacation in Seattle

We are planning a vacation to Seattle next summer with our teenagers. We would like to visit Seattle and Vancouver/Victoria. We were thinking of flying into Seattle , drive to Vancouver and stay three days with a day trip to Victoria, then return to Seattle for three or four nights. Does this sound like a good idea? Do we need a car for Seattle and transportation to Vancouver? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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11. Re: Family Vacation in Seattle

Yep. Seattle98101 is right. I have stayed at Cedarbrook Lodge. It is a very pleasant airport hotel. However, in order to reach the light rail station from CL you must take one of their shuttles. Once at the station you must wait for a train. The train ride takes well over 30 minutes. Total time into the city is about 1 hour each way on average. This is terribly inconvenient if you forget a sweater, want to store shopping bags, or need to put your feet up for a few minutes.

Stay in the city, not near the airport.

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Excellent! Thanks for the great advice. I will have three kids in tow and don't need them to break-down on the way to and from the hotel. I will definitely check that hotel list out then.

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Of my list, I really like the Silver Cloud. It's around a block to the Lake Union streetcar that goes right to the middle of the commercial district, there's an indoor pool, free wi-fi, and it's right across the street from Lake Union, with float planes buzzing in and out, plus a great new city park at the south end (10 min.walk) complete with the newly relocated and expanded Museum of History and Industry (aka "Mohai"). Ten minutes on foot the other way and you're in the big houseboat community on Fairview Avenue, with houseboat docks similar to the "Sleepless in Seattle" environment. (The actual "Sleepless" houseboat is on the west/opposite side of the Lake.)

It's altogether urban but more on the fringe of downtown than suburban like airport-area hotels.

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In Vancouver, we got a nice two bedroom suite with a living room at the River Rock casino. Free parking, and it isn't that far from the sights. Without a car navigating Stanley park isn't much fun unless you book a tour or rent bikes.

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15. Re: Family Vacation in Seattle

Kaleberg wrote: "Seattle has many suburbs that range from pleasant but boring to downright unattractive."

What would you say about Bellevue?

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Bellevue is attractive and is a great shoppingdestination if you're looking for that.

It is a bus ride from downtown, so overall not as good for visitors.

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My husband and I took a trip in September to Seattle and Vancouver over a week. We flew into Seattle, rented a car and drove around for a bunch of day trips, then up to Vancouver for a few days, then back down to Seattle before flying back home. I think the decision to stay in Seattle vs a suburb depends on what you want to do. We only actually went to downtown Seattle 2 or 3 times all week, most of what we wanted to do was in the surrounding areas. For us, it made more sense to stay in a less expensive hotel outside of town. We did stay near the airport, and yes, it's not an attractive place, but we were only sleeping there since we kept our days full. Traffic was miserable in Seattle, it took forever to get places and we tried to schedule our route/times around rush hour. Fortunately, there are almost always carpool lanes and with 5, you will be able to use them to save a little time.

For Vancouver, again, we mostly visited attractions that were outside of downtown and only spent part of one day in downtown Vancouver. The people at the visitor center were very confused that we had a car but we didn't have too much trouble, nor did we find parking overly expensive. (Hotels outside of town generally had free parking) I don't know how you would economically get 5 people from Seattle to Vancouver without renting a car.

For attraction ideas: the classics in Seattle are great-Pikes Place Market (take a food tour, best use of our money on the whole trip, Space Needle etc. Outside of town we loved the Boeing Tour in Everett, Mt. Rainier, the Museum of Flight, and Gasworks park. In Vancouver we rented bicycles and rode around Stanley park, then went off to North Vancouver and enjoyed the Capalino Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain attractions. There's tons to do in both of those areas, so I'm sure it will be very difficult to prune the list down. Good luck and have fun!

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