Seattle

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Seattle skyline with the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier.

Seattle is the largest city in Washington State. The city itself is only 600k, [1] but mentions of "Seattle" often mean the surrounding area including cities such as Bellevue, Redmond, Edmonds, Tukwilla, etc. The first 3 PAX's were located in Bellevue, while the since 07 they have been in the Seattle city limits, but all PAX Prime's are generally considered to have been in Seattle.

Understand

Seattle is often thought of as a rainy city. In reality the actual rainfall in inches is rather low compared to cities in the SE USA which top the list of most annual rainfall. But Seattle does spend about half the year with some sort of precipitation. Just much lighter then an east coast downpour. Seattleites often call it sprinkling or spitting.

Originally founded as a logging town, Seattle spent the mid-late 20th century as the home of Boeing, and late 20th century early 21st century as the home of Microsoft and an abundance of internet and tech companies. It has extensive port facilities and is one of the major shipping centers on the west coast. Its people often sterotyped as generally polite but often a bit passive. It has many ties with Alaska, its "close" neighbor to the north.

Get in

Seattle lies at the intersection of I-5 and I-90, and the WSCC is very close to both, in fact it is located directly above I-5. SeaTac (SEA) is the closest major airport, from there you can take taxi, bus (route 124), or light rail will all take you within a few blocks of the convention center. King Street Station is the local Amtrak stop, and is a long walk to the center, or quick taxi\bus\light rail ride.

By plane

SeaTac (SEA) Name the airport or airports that serve this city. Name the air carriers that serve the city, and rough schedules ("once a week, once a day") for getting to this city by air from other major nearby cities. Note transportation options for getting from the airport to the city center. If it's common to hire private planes to arrive in the city -- say, if it's in the bush in Alaska -- note the names of plane charter companies, and give contact info. If there's just no plane service to this city, leave this section out.

By train

Give names of other nearby cities and rough schedules ("once a day, on the hour") for getting to this city by train. Note the location of the train station or stations and give directions for getting to central areas or hotel/hostel districts. If there is no rail service to the city, just leave this section out.

By car

Driving details and directions for getting to this destination. Try to include the names of major highways, as well as directions from other nearby cities. If for some reason it would be exceptional to come to this city by car -- say, if it's on an island not served by bridges or ferries, or if it's in a country where personal travel by automobile is extremely rare -- just leave this section out.

By bus

Give names of other nearby cities and rough schedules ("once a day, on the hour") for getting to this city by bus. Contact info for bus companies is nice, too. Note the location of the bus terminal or terminals and give directions for getting to central areas or hotel/hostel districts. If there is no bus service to the city, leave this section out.

Get around

The Metro Bus system is the mass transit option for getting around the city in most cases. Light Rail and Monorail are options to particular locations, but Metro gets you everywhere. You can pay as you enter with exact change or load a ORCA card with money to use as you need. You can also buy a day pass to ride as much as you want for the day. The Westlake Customer Stop is the closest Metro staffed area but is only open weekdays during business hours.

See

Beyond PAX (which has more then enough to experience), Seattle itself offers tons of attractions. From things that will take a few hours, to day trips up in the mountains, coast or San Juan islands. List attractions that people come to this city for, such as museums, palaces, churches, temples, historical buildings, squares, parks, monuments, statues, streets, zoos, etc. You can also note here general information about attractions, such as discount tourist admission passes, need for a guide, weather warnings, good walking routes, general areas to hang out in, etc.

  • Name of Attraction, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [2]. Days and times open. One to five sentences about why this attraction is worth seeing, things to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background information. $entryprice (extra price info).

Do

This is for things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do.

Learn

If there are opportunities for travellers to study in this city -- from language to cooking classes up to full university courses -- add that here.

Work

What possibilities are there for travellers to earn money in this city? Note that this is kind of long-range and probably won't be appropriate for most destinations.

Buy

The travellers' dirty secret: we like souvenirs. What would be good to buy in this city? Local crafts? How about general shopping -- clothes, travel equipment, other?

Eat

For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant info, or general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Be sure to explain what the price ranges are ($2 for a meal can be a splurge in some cities). Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible.

Budget

  • Name of Restaurant, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [3]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the food, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info).

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).

  • Name of Bar, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [4]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the drinks, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $beerprice draft/bottle beers, $wellprice well drinks (extra price or special info).

Sleep

This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head. Give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try to find lodging. Other good info to include is high/low season, the importance of reservation, things to request (quiet room, view, airport pick up, etc). As with "Eat," define terms -- give price ranges for the three sub-topics, e.g. "Budget lodging costs less than 10 quatloos a night, Mid-range will set you back 10-25 quatloos, and Splurge lodging goes for 25 quatloos or more, sometimes much more."

Budget

  • Name of Place, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible) [5]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info).

Mid-range

Splurge

Stay safe

This is a section for general safety tips. If there are health hazards or crime problems in the city, list them here.

Contact

Information on communications -- phone, Internet, other. Give information on cellular phone coverage in the city, and telephone centers where travelers can make long-distance calls. This is also where you'd list Internet cafes or computer rental centers for staying in touch by email or on the Web. If there are free or paid wireless Internet hotspots in the city, name them here.

  • Name of Internet Cafe, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [6]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the computers, connectivity, food or beverages available. $rate per hour (extra price info).

Cope

This section is for all those little items that people need to know when they're in a city. Where can you do laundry? Go to a gym? Get computers repaired? Anything that has to do with the practicalities of daily life should go here. Don't put something here when it could fit in one of the other sections. If there's nothing to put in this section, leave it out.

Get out

Information about nearby destinations that would serve as a good "next stop." Provide a brief description of other nearby destination suggestions, neighboring cities or day-trip ideas. Don't duplicate information that's up in "Get in."

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