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Washington, also known as the Evergreen State, has a population of 6,300,000 people which is the second highest among the western states. Often called Washington State to distinguish it from Washington, DC, Washington offers rugged coastline, mountains, volcanoes, and hundreds of coastal islands to explore. The Cascade Mountains bisect the state, with the damp coastal areas to the west, and the deserts and farmland of the Columbia Plateau to the east. Situated in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, the state is named after George More...
Seattleites nearly always describe a location in terms of its "neighborhood." This is partly because of a potentially confusing system of street addresses (see Get Around). The breakdown into neighborhoods is informal and mutates over time, and while there are often signs on major arterial roads to let you know that you are "entering" a particular neighborhood, the placement of these signs is arbitrary. Still, knowing what neighborhood you're looking for can be a good sanity check when you're looking for an address. A Seattleite would describe 1401 45th SW More...
Tacoma in Washington, is the state's third-largest city, with just under 200,000 residents. Located south of Seattle, it is the "Tac" part of Sea-Tac airport, which serves Seattle, Tacoma, and the greater Seattle area.Get in
In addition to Sea-Tac airport (and taxi/limo or rental car), there are:
• Commuter rail service from Tacoma to Seattle (mornings) and back (afternoon/evenings).
• A ferry to and from Vashon Island . (Don't plan on walking anywhere when you get to Vashon Island; you'll need a More...
• Seattle Green Tortoise Hostel, 1525 Second Avenue, (206) 340-1222 or 1-888-424-6783. A Seattle backpacker institution which also runs festive low-budget bus tours to Mexico and Central America.
• The Seattle Hostel, 84 Union Street, Seattle WA 98101, about 2 short blocks to Pike Public Market, is an excellent base for exploring Seattle. It also close to all the great Seattle attractions: Pioneer Square, walking distance to the new Seattle Central Public Library (which offers free wi-fi in an architecturally More...
If you're staying anywhere near downtown, the ferries hardly seem like "getting out" since they leave from a pier at the south end of the waterfront, an easy and interesting walk from downtown.
• Take a Washington State ferry to Bremerton and back. Almost 2 hours on the water, in a place as scenic as the Aegean Sea, walk-on passengers a little under $6 round trip. (A commercial ferry, passenger-only, is a bit more expensive and aimed primarily at commuters.)
• Or, take the More...
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, (Airport code: SEA), called "SeaTac" by locals, connects Seattle to all regions of the world, with especially frequent transpacific routes. Alaska Airlines provides something approximating discount air fare to and from the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. There are several choices for getting from the airport to the city center:
• Taxi - The trip is about 20 minutes by taxi ($25 - $35); catch one on the third floor of the parking garage.