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April 24

Inexpensive, decent car rental at Seattle-Tacoma Airport?

I have an upcoming June business trip taking me to Olympia WA, flying into Seattle. Would like to have a rental car available for getting to/from the airport and doing some touring of Seattle before departure, but the booking prices for cars at SeaTac run 50-100% higher than what I'm accustomed to at most US airports, except for a company (Fox) that has decidedly mixed reviews. Not sure I can justify the expense vs. taking airport shuttles + cab for local travel. Any advice from frequent and/or recent Seattle travelers?
posted by Creosote around Seattle, WA at 10:13 AM - 16 answers has best

April 16

Seattle for 36 hours

I have a day and a half in Seattle (or the surrounding area) to kill during the week. What should I do, where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by veery around Seattle, WA at 5:18 PM - 10 answers has best

March 20

Help me be fascinated by freight trains

On my bike commute I have to cross 16 freight train tracks south of downtown Seattle. About 10% of the time, there are trains with coming through and I can't stand feeling like I'm wasting time. Today I was kicking myself for not having left 20 seconds sooner, so I could beat the slow-ass trains that always seem to stop and change directions just when you think they are going to clear the crossing. [more inside]
posted by oxisos around Seattle, WA at 10:10 PM - 13 answers has best

February 12

Seattle this rainy snowy weekend

We'll be in Seattle for a wedding this weekend and it's looking like it's going to be a couple of rainy and possibly snowy days. Our main interest is eating all the asian food and seafood, but what should we do between food if it's that cold and gross outside? [more inside]
posted by monologish around Seattle, WA at 3:08 PM - 18 answers

November 17, 2017

The Crocodile, Seattle, 11/19

My teenage daughter wants to see a show at the Crocodile in Seattle on 11/19, a Sunday night. We live 3 hours away, and I don't want to drive home afterwards. Lodging, parking questions below. [more inside]
posted by 101cats around Seattle, WA at 8:08 AM - 4 answers

November 12, 2017

Seattle, I hear you have some art.

Simple: I'm heading to Seattle for the first time, and I love art—as in, I'm open to all of it. I'm going to be there for two full weekdays later this month, and my time is my own. I want to see cool stuff I can't see every day in Chicago. What might that be? [more inside]
posted by heyho around Seattle, WA at 2:37 PM - 13 answers has best

September 20, 2017

Your Best Seattle

I'm meeting up with a VERY old friend in Seattle in October. She is visiting from England and has a free day from 11am onwards. I'm driving down from Vancouver so we have all of half a day to spend together before I have to come home and I want to maximize our time. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro around Seattle, WA at 8:58 AM - 11 answers has best

August 4, 2017

Mom Nature sabotaged our vacation! Now what?

[Coastal PNW filter] Lesson learned: Never plan for 10 days of camping, hiking and mountain biking in August. Vacation starts tomorrow. Wildfires, unhealthy air quality and high temps have foiled plans for the Cascade Loop. Fleeing toward the coast and south—except Oregon's on fire too!—where to? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife around Seattle, WA at 1:14 AM - 15 answers has best

June 30, 2017

Seattle with Kids

I'm taking my wife and kids ( 6 and 8 ) to Seattle for a 4 day vacation in late July. I'd like to spend a few days in the city a hopefully 1 or 2 outside of the city. Help us have an awesome vacation in the greater Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized around Seattle, WA at 6:02 AM - 12 answers has best

June 7, 2017

How to get rid of car

My partner was gifted a 1993 Toyota Camry. Fun! Unfortunately it immediately blew a head gasket. We need help deciding what to do. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight around Seattle, WA at 5:05 PM - 17 answers

May 21, 2017

Where to stay and what to do in Seattle

Planning a trip to Seattle in late August. Trying to decide where to stay and what things to prioritize, having never been there before. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit around Seattle, WA at 3:44 PM - 14 answers

March 5, 2017

How is the public transit in Seattle?

We are considering a move to Seattle, and if possible we'd like to drop down to one car and mostly use public transportation. How feasible is this? [more inside]
posted by fencerjimmy around Seattle, WA at 10:33 AM - 12 answers has best

February 15, 2017

Which side of the street (in Seattle) is North?

Seattle residents: in Belltown (and to a lesser extent downtown), the streets head from SW to NE and the avenues from NW to SE. Do people think of the streets as running east/west and the avenues as running north/south, as they do elsewhere? So for instance if I said, "the Northeast corner of 3rd and Vine", would most people understand which corner I was talking about? Thanks in advance!
posted by goingonit around Seattle, WA at 1:40 PM - 7 answers has best

December 17, 2016

Seattle recommendations!

A bunch of people in my office left for the holidays, and I suddenly find myself in charge of planning a team offsite for early January. I'm up for the challenge, but I need some recommendations... [more inside]
posted by handful of rain around Seattle, WA at 4:44 PM - 11 answers has best

September 7, 2016

What to do for 4 and a half hours in Seattle

So, my husband and I are going on a cruise that leaves this Sunday from Pier 91 in Seattle. Boarding is from 1pm - 3pm and the boarding time listed for our cabin is 2pm. Our flight gets in to Seattle at 9:30am, which gives us 4.5 hours to kill. [more inside]
posted by aaebig around Seattle, WA at 1:09 PM - 8 answers

June 12, 2016

July 4th in Seattle

We will be in Seattle on July 4th - the last full day of our 3 week west coast holiday. What would be the best place to sit on a blanket and watch some fireworks? Preferably not the MOST crowded spot, but somewhere with a bit of a buzz would be fun. We're staying downtown if that makes a difference, but open to walking or public-transporting elsewhere.
posted by cilantro around Seattle, WA at 11:20 AM - 5 answers

May 21, 2016

Take-out dinner in downtown Seattle?

I'm going to be in downtown Seattle (near the library) on business and won't have time for a sit-down dinner. Where would you recommend I get some take-out dinner? (No need for breakfast or lunch.) [more inside]
posted by paperback version around Seattle, WA at 5:42 PM - 7 answers has best

May 20, 2016

Parking at Tukwila International Boulevard Station (Seattle)

I'm heading to Seattle tomorrow and would like to park at the Tukwila International Boulevard Station park and ride and take light rail into the city. Will parking be a problem around 11AM on Saturday? Thanks!
posted by Automocar around Seattle, WA at 11:43 AM - 2 answers has best

May 11, 2016

Best way to get to/park/be at CenturyLink Field in Seattle?

My friends bought me a ticket to see Beyonce for my birthday. I'm so freaking excited! But I'm driving to Seattle form Portland, and after my last stadium show experience, I'm nervous about getting to the venue, parking, and getting to my seat in time. Would love some CenturyLink Field hacks and/or advice from savvy Seattlites. [more inside]
posted by adastra around Seattle, WA at 11:45 PM - 5 answers

January 6, 2016

Seattle in Summer 2016 - what's a don't-miss?

FamilyLucinda is planning a vacation to Seattle this summer. We have no real time constraints, so I'm wondering what sort of big events are coming to the city during July and August that we should factor into our decisions? Figure we'll hit all the big tourist attractions and museums already. Things involving the Arts & Crafts movement (particularly woodworking), bowling and roller derby are a definite plus.
posted by Lucinda around Seattle, WA at 10:53 AM - 10 answers