I have a 4 hour layover in Seattle, I want to see the Space Needle is this possible? And what else could I do?
Assuming you mean a 4 hour layover after arriving at Seatac you do not have enough time to go to the Space Needle, especially if you are arriving from China and have to go through Customs/Border Patrol on entry. Just relax in the airport which has many shops, restaurants and incidentally a fine art collection. I wish the latter was more heavily publicized.
agree, you won't have time for much. At the airport is a food court with shops called Pacific Marketplace. Its a good spot to find something to eat. After going thru customs and immigration you won't have all that much time to kill. The train into downtown takes almost 40 minutes each way plus wait time and its a 10 minute walk from the terminal. After you got downtown you'd still have to get to the Space Needle and be back a minimum of 60-90 minutes before your flight to go back thru security.
4 hours, assuming flights are on-time and there are no other delays, is not enough time to leave the airport and sight-see. Generally we recommend to arrive at the airport between 1.5/2 hours prior to a domestic flight.
There can be a line to take the elevator up the Space Needle. 4 hours not enough. Not a bad airport in which to kill time. You could conceivably get a view of downtown and surrounding areas, and/or maybe Mt. Rainier, from your arriving or departing flight.Edited: 7:06 am, December 21, 2013
I also do not think that 4 hours is enough time to leave the airport to sight see. Customs, immigration & clearing security will eat up too much of your time. Instead I would get a bite to eat, do a little shopping, enjoy the free WiFi, etc. instead. http://seatacshops.com/
Do you mean 4 hours total time between flights? If so, that is not enough time. Even if you went by taxi both ways it's about 25-30 mins. drive (depending on traffic) each way. Plus assume you need to check in for an ongoing flight at least 90 mins. prior to that.
You'll need to stay at SeaTac (airport). Good news is that it's a GREAT airport these days. Lots of good options for places to eat (in the airy food court dome), good shopping including local made-in-Washington stores, art exhibits, massage, nail salon, etc. etc.
Actually if you did hire a round trip taxi (would be about $100 + tip)... I guess it would be possible to simple drive into the city, look at the Space Needle, and turn around and go back.Edited: 1:46 pm, December 23, 2013
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