Situated at the neck between Lake Washington and Puget Sounds, Seattle is covered with natural beauty. The city is surrounded by parkland, forests, and mountains, and offers plenty in the line of culture and history.
The stunning Chihuly Garden and Glass is the masterpiece of the artist Dale Chihuly and leaves visitors mesmerized with its intriguing pieces. Another place enjoyed by all is the Museum of Flight with more than 150 historic artifacts. The iconic landmark of Seattle is the observation tower known as the Needle. From its 520-foot observation deck, you can take in Mount Rainer, Mount Baker, and the Cascade Mountains.
Head to Seward Park on Lake Washington, one of the state’s most popular recreational facilities, for excellent views of the surrounding areas. Seattle’s cool and buzzing Pike Place Market, one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets, is a delightful mixture of stores and specialties. Whether it’s antiques, collectibles, fruit, or flowers you are after, this market is the place to go. Green Lake Park, home to hundreds of species of plants and trees, is Seattle’s favorite green area and attracts runners, picnickers, and boaters.
Check out the Museum of Pop Culture, dedicated to contemporary popular culture and with truly fascinating exhibits. The Living Computer Museum provides interesting insight into the history of computers and technology. Nature lovers will enjoy the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo, while the hands-on learning Pacific Science Center and the wonderful Children’s Museum are much loved by kids of all ages.
Seattle’s culinary choices are as delicious as they are endless. Enjoy a true taste of the Pacific Northwest with dishes that are often made using regionally grown, locally sourced ingredients. More than 50 bars and restaurants are within walking distance. Restaurants specialize in an array of cuisines, from perennial favorites like American, French, and Italian to the global flavors of Asia, Mexico, and the Mediterranean — not to mention seafood, steak, burgers, vegetarian fare, and much more!
WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER
Located on Pike Street in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Washington State Convention Center is close to hotels, Pike Place Market, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, parks, and more.
CLIMATE IN FEBRUARY
Average temperatures are in the mid-40s in Seattle during the month of February. The weather can be unpredictable, so the best way to prepare is to layer and have an umbrella on hand.
The Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport is located 14 miles away from downtown Seattle. It is a 20-minute ride from downtown by car and 34 minutes by Link Light Rail. Sea-Tac is served by 24 airlines with non-stop flights serving 77 domestic cities and 22 international destinations.
Four train routes service Seattle’s King Street Station, located on the south edge of downtown between the International District and Pioneer Square.
- Amtrak (amtrak.com) has three routes: Coast Starlight travels between Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Amtrak Cascades travels between Vancouver (BC), Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Salem, and Eugene. Empire Builder travels between Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Spokane, Portland, and Seattle.
- Rocky Mountaineer (rockymountaineer.com) also stops at King Street Station, offering a higher-end travel option with its Coastal Passage route between Seattle, Vancouver (BC), and the Canadian Rockies.
SEA-TAC GROUND TRANSPORTATION
All rental car companies currently operating at Sea-Tac Airport operate at a separate rental car facility, with dedicated shuttle buses operating on a 24-hour-a-day schedule. Two passenger pick-up areas are located outside baggage claim at the north and south ends of the main terminal.
Available car sharing services include Lyft, Uber, Car2Go, BMW’s ReachNow, and Zipcar.
Link Light Rail
Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail is a great option for travelers coming to or from the airport. The SeaTac/Airport Station is connected to the fourth floor of the airport parking garage. Trains arrive and depart on the platform level of the station. The Link Light Rail service runs from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 6:00 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.
Taxi and limousine services are available on the third floor of the Sea-Tac parking garage. They run approximately $40 to downtown.
Shuttle service is available at the inner drive curb on the third floor of the Sea-Tac parking garage.
Buses arrive and depart from the far south end of Sea-Tac Airport baggage claim area outside of door number 2. Departure times are shown on information signs at the bus stop.