Oh, yeah, you could definitely get exhausted climbing hills. It’s not as bad in that sense as San Francisco, but it’s still an issue. However, buses go everywhere, although they are sometimes 30 minutes apart, especially on weekends. Even walking to the ferry from the Westin will involve some hills. Otherwise, much of the core of downtown is reasonably flat. Good luck!
Note that buses within a specified downtown area are free during normal hours (you should check the website for exact details). Also, on weekends you can get an all-you-can-ride ticket for $5, which includes the water taxi, if I remember correctly.
I agree with all of the above. Just talk to your concierge and they’ll help you get around.
Here are some more suggestions for things to do:
-Get out of downtown and walk around other neighborhoods like Fremont or Ballard.
-Fremont is on a slow slope, but it’s got some fun antique shops and lots of good food. You can see some classic Seattle sites like the rocket and the troll living under the bridge (it’s on a steep hill, but worth the walk).
-Ballard is very flat and kind of it’s own little city in Seattle. It’s got a rich Scandanavian heritage so you’ll see lots of it’s influence everywhere. There’s lots of good food and shopping and in general, it has a different feel from the rest of the city (in a good way). I think Ballard sounds like the right pace for you and your dad – there’s also lots of crafty art stores there too and Seattle’s favorite toy shop, Archie McPhee’s.
Hi, I agree with all of the above but another thing to consider is:
explore our side across from Seattle: Kitsap! A ferry ride (as you mentioned) takes you to Bainbridge right from Seattle which has a very nice touristy quaint downtown.
Take the buses up the hills! It’s really easy to do.
you may have to wait a little longer for buses on the weekends, but honestly, in the “core” you don’t have to wait long, 15 minutes tops.
The bus you will want to take from the Westin up the Asian Art Museum is the number 10.
For an example, go here – http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl?resptype=U – and enter
Westin Hotel (as the starting point)
Seattle Asian Art Museum (as the ending point.
Also use the monorail, that will get you from Seattle Center to Pacific Place. And there are plenty of taxis and buses as people have already said. The hills are one way, if you go parallel to the water you won’t have much of a problem, but heading away from the water might hurt. Have a blast, its a cool city!
The monorail isn’t running due to the accident it had a few months ago….
Whoops, forgot about that. Good call.
Thanks a million!
Dad and I love to walk. I feel relieved that the buses are pretty good.
The link to the Metro tip planner is fantastic.
Ideas for other places to visist are wonderful.
One more question: I’m not finding the water taxi online. Any suggestions?
According to the metro web site it is currently off season for the water taxi.
The hills will be challenging but if you feel you have the determination, I think it would be an awesome feat to accomplish -your decision. As far as other tourist attractions, I highly reccomend checking out the Experience Music Project; especially if you are into music. EMP is unforgettable. Also, although cheesey, the space needle is a great time too. Seattle is a very compact town so although the buses will be handy and you will definitely want to take advantage of having them, downtown Seattle is a great for just walking around from place to place. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with everything that you will see. If you are into science check out the Pacific Science Center -it’s pretty cool. Also, the Seattle Aquarium is fun. As far as restaurants are concerned, I recommend Red Robin and The Ram. Seattle is a fantastic town and I definitely recommend spending some time downtown just walking around. Don’t forget a camera! I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions. ~a.
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