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I've done a lot of flying back and forth to Seattle from the UK for the last few years. My corporate policy is also economy. I've flown on Delta, BA and AA for all or parts of LON-SEA and back. Since you're going to be doing this a fair amount, my recommendation is to get status in one alliance and stick to it. The good thing about DL is that with status ...


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Fortunately one fan wrote up such a tour idea for the NY Times. To summarise, he started by staying at the Marco Polo, a motel where Cobain used to get his heroin nearby, and shoot up in room 226. 413 Fleet Street South is a noted spot next, as the house Cobain lived in with his father for several years in the late 70s / early 80s. He drives to Aberdeen (...


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You basically have three options: Amtrak. Take the Cascades train from Vancouver to Seattle in about four hours. The big benefit here is that the train isn't nearly as affected by car traffic at the border, which can be very lengthy especially going into the US. This is because you actually clear US immigration at the train station in Vancouver before ...


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Sure, there is no problem in doing that. You can take any route you like. After you enter US waters, you should endeavour to stop at the nearest port that has US entry facilities. There, you will talk to a US officer who will admit you to the United States (or not, as the case may be, no idea what might happen if you're not admitted at that point). The US ...


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Redmond is a crappy place to be without a car of any sort. The only reasonable mass transit around there is an infrequent bus system designed mostly to get employees to and from Microsoft. It can take 2 hours via public transit. Taxis are not cruising the streets so you have to call them well in advance, even from major locations like the Microsoft campus. ...


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Clothes Wear confortable clothes. Try everything heavily before travelling. Remember that you will do the same leg movement for several hours. Seams or other similar things rubbing the skin will "burn" and to the limit hurt. Take lite clothes to cycle. Even with cold weather you will heat up. Weight Try not taking more than 20Kg (the less the better as ...


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Just to see the view? An hour, tops. At the top, there's a revolving restaurant where the food is not bad, although a bit on the expensive side... but the view and the experience are spectacular. It takes about an hour to do a full revolution, and getting a table for the sunset hour is well worth the price of dinner on a fair weather summer evening. On the ...


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I usually plan my trips with Google Maps. Put both address and click on the public transportation. In your case: http://goo.gl/maps/O1f7 This is a 2 hour travel time for 27 miles and about US$5.00 price (two fares if you get bus and train). Notice that you can get the train from the airport parking directly instead of picking up a bus first. You may think ...


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In addition to Michael's answer: it's (in theory) also possible to hitch-hike. You could hitch to the border, walk across (or journey with the kind soul who picked you up), and continue on. If you're worried about walking across the border - I've done it myself in the past and while you may get some additional questions, it's entirely possible - there's ...


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There's no simple answer to this because flight prices vary according to time of the year. Flight costs are probably going to be the highest, and while it is not the only indicator, a lower flight price indicates an 'off-season'. If you try Kayak's Explore feature (set your airport to Seattle) then it does indeed seem that cheapest flights in March 2013 ...


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There are three guide companies available for climbing Rainier: Alpine Ascents International (206)378-1927 International Mountain Guides LLC (360)569-2609 Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (360)569-2227 They are all probably pretty good. I've heard good things about RMI. I don't know about prices. It's possible to do without a guide company, if you learn and ...


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The BC Ferries website FAQ suggests that there aren't any scheduled ones running at the moment: Q: Do you have a ferry that travels between Seattle and Vancouver? A: BC Ferries does not provide service between Seattle and Vancouver, and we are unaware of any companies that do at this time. I think the issue is that it wouldn't be popular enough ...


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If you only go for the view then maybe an hour or an hour and a half. There is also a really nice restaurant up there ($$$) so if you plan going there plan on making reservations and maybe 3 or so hours. I am from Seattle and I do not really recommend going up it, so maybe the less time the better, maybe an hour. (More time to visit the EMP or Pike Place ...


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Well the revolution takes 45 minutes, so if you're going to eat in the restaurant (which then gets you a free ride up), you could take 45 minutes to sit and see everything. Obviously if you're walking around, even less!


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You have to apply for the Schengen visa at either the consulate of the country you plan to stay the longest at, or if staying at all countries equally, at the port of entry. For the Italian consulate in San Francisco, there is an option to mail your 'verified' documents instead of appearing for the interview. YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON to apply for a ...


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If you want to do it via public transport/ferries, you can bus to Tsawwassen, ferry to Swartz Bay, bus to downtown Victoria (~1hr), walk to the Clipper ferry terminal (10 mins) and take that to downtown Seattle. The clipper is a fast, passenger only, ferry.


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From the West Coast, your main options outside the continental U.S. are Hawaii, Mexico, and Central America. Alaska (often codeshared with Delta) and Hawaiian both have nonstop service from Seattle to Honolulu. You can reach the outer islands and most of Mexico and Central America with a single connection in the West. Prices will vary sharply with the ...


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Greg Hewgill's answer is excellent in general but in specifics, I'd like to point out this advice from the Point Roberts Yacht Club: Point Roberts is an excellent point of entry into US waters from Canada. You may clear customs by stopping at the Customs dock located on starboard as you enter the marina and phoning US Customs for clearance. There is a ...


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You will need to take a ferry to Vancouver Island. According to Google Maps the Tsawwassen-Duke Point (Nanaimo) ferry is most efficient - just put "Seattle, WA to Campbell River, BC" into Google Maps. You could also take the Tsawwassen - Swartz Bay ferry, or even the Anacortes - Sidney, BC ferry, there are probably other routes as well. BC ferry fares are ...


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You can always (or almost always) extend a car rental. Generally this is done by just calling the rental agency 24 hours before the scheduled drop-off time to request additional time. Naturally, it happens automatically, as well, if you don't return the vehicle as scheduled, although it would very possibly incur penalties to do so. And if you wait too long ...


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I don't know Seattle's Pike Place Market, so perhaps my answer will not satisfy you completely. However, Boston has a covered market which is surrounded on both sides by a series of small shops (all-year-round) and lots of stalls, which I presume are there only in the summer. I'm talking about Quincy Market, which is in the area where Faneuil Hall is. I don'...


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Head to the Amtrak King Street Station. They don't have luggage lockers, but they do offer Baggage Storage for a small fee (click to the Baggage tab to see that). This thread suggests it was $3 per piece of luggage in 2010, it may well be a little higher now. King Street station is very close to a light rail stop, for when you want to head onwards to the ...


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Amtrak tickets are sold starting at at $328, and you'll get a nice experience too. Greyhound tickets are sold at $188.10. Flying is rarely the cheapest option if you don't have the option to book a long time in advance and to be flexible in the dates.


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I don't think there's anything similar; your best bet might be to try one of the farmers' markets - more details from TimeOut Boston here. These at least have produce and the like, but are only once or twice a week, none year round. Haymarket / Quincy Market doesn't really compare; apparently Haymarket has remaindered produce, so not comparable with the ...


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There's a great view trail at the superfund site (Pritchard Park) and Rockaway Beach but really most of the trails do not give a view of Seattle.


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Depending on the day and how busy they are, you might be able to just check them in for your next trip. I did it quite early for one from Seattle to Portland as well - very similar trip actually. As you approach the ticket windows, on your left is the baggage check in and the guy will give you a ticket for it. Alternatively, if they say it's too early, ...


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I've made this trip. Get the book Bicycling the Pacific Coast by Vicky Spring and Tom Kirkendall. Also, check out warmshowers.org.


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Renting a car, if you are also returning to Seattle later. You can pre-clear driving across the border with the rental car company. Rome2rio.com shows public transportation options not one of which is late enough in the day. There is a flight on Delta Airlines that leaves SEA at 7:40 and arrives 8:38, which would get you into downtown Vancouver just a few ...



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