WA Travel Guide
Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:
In case you missed it earlier this year the Seattle Seahawks brought home their very first Super Bowl title after defeating the Denver Broncos in a big way. Now that’s all in the past, and the team is looking toward another winning season. Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Marshawn Lynch—well maybe, he’s holding out for a new contract—are all now warming up for the season, and you can check them out.
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New airplane alert!
163 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying the skies right now, a number current as of this week. That includes 162 787-8s and 1 lonely 787-9 for Air New Zealand, which only headed from Boeing's headquarters in Everett, WA to its new home of Auckland, New Zealand at dawn this morning.
That 787-9 won't be lonely for long, however; over 25 airlines have placed orders for more than 400 of the sleek and efficient jets. So why are we getting excited for yet another Dreamliner? The answer is shockingly simple: it's awesomer. Sure, the original flavor 787-8 is great and Boeing will continue to roll them out, but the 787-9 is, as Daft Punk would sing, "harder, better, faster, stronger."
There’s more than just the San Juan Islands when it comes to escaping for a little rest and relaxation out in the Pacific Northwest, and now there’s a new ferry to help you escape for the weekend, the season, or just the workday.
Those in search of the awesomeness that is new ferry smell should set their sights on Whidbey Island, as there’s some new back and forth service thanks to Tokitae.
Alaska Airlines is spreading its wings and venturing into another mode of transportation, as they’re kind of getting into the bicycle business. In actuality it’s more of a sponsorship deal—advertising their main business of flying to here and there—as they’re chipping in $2.5 million to help get the Seattle metro area’s bike share up and running later this year.
Pronto Emerald City Cycle Share will be similar to bike sharing systems set up in cities across the country and the globe, so we don’t bore your with all the nitty gritty details. Do note that organizers recognize that the city is a little more hilly than other metro areas, and they’re preparing the rental bikes to have a few more gears than in other cities and systems—seven to be exact.
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It’s not everyday that a new record store opens up, and that’s especially the case over at the airport. Things are a little bit different over in Seattle—in a good way, of course—and the city’s airport just cut the ribbon on an outpost of the area’s famous Sub Pop Records right at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The independent label is bringing the sounds of Seattle right into the terminal and concourse, as the spot is now doing its thing within main terminal near the start of Concourse C. It debuted Thursday morning complete with a concert from singer songwriter Chad VanGaalen—signed to the Sun Pop Records label.
When it comes to fields of tulips and the scent of spring, your mind may first go to the Netherlands. However, if an international journey isn’t in the cards this time of the year there’s always tulips to be seen here at home in the nifty fifty, as Washington state is pretty good at showing off their green thumb.
The Skagit Tulip Festival runs all month long around Mount Vernon, Washington, but obviously a lot of the blossoms and what not depend on how Mother Nature is feeling. Things are a little bit different than most festivals, as there’s not really just one location or thing to see—you visit to kind of see everything. Drive through the area and the different fields and farms, and enjoy the tulips as they make their debut after a long winter. There’s hundreds of acres of fields and flowers, so we don’t think you’ll be disappointed that there’s no food court.
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Depending on whom you were pulling for last night, it was either one of the best Super Bowl games of all time—or one of the absolute worst. Either way it’s now time to celebrate, and the city of Seattle is ready to welcome home their Seahawks. It’s the very first championship for the organization, and only the second time a professional sports team will bring home a trophy to the city. Start working on your get out of work strategy, as this Wednesday is going to be the victory parade.
For those hoping to welcome the team home—you’re out of luck—as it sounds like there will not be an organized welcome home out at SeaTac Airport. However, the official celebration is scheduled for February 5, as things are going to kickoff at 11am local time.
The plan has the parade beginning on Fourth Avenue—south of like Denny Way—then running along Fourth Avenue for a couple of miles. The parade route will lead the team to their home at CenturyLink Field where the party and parade will end around 1:30pm.
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For the last few weeks Alaska Airlines has been doing their best to help rescue Seattle Seahawks fans from around the country, as they’ve been flying them into town to join in on some of the game day activities. Along with Chief Football Officer—Russell Wilson—the airline is at again, and this time lucky winners just might be visiting New York and New Jersey in time for this year’s big game.
Partnering with the team's quarterback they’re calling the contest "Russell's 12th Fan Airlift,” and they’re randomly picking 56 lucky winners. Those lucky enough will score a pair of round-trip tickets on an Alaska Airlines flight over to Newark, New Jersey, as well as two nights accommodations during Super Bowl weekend. They’ll throw in access to a party over in Manhattan on the day of the game, but there’s one thing they just can’t give away—no tickets to the Super Bowl are included in this contest. That’s certainly a bummer, but we guess it’s better than nothing.
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Good news if you’re heading to the airport in the next couple of days, as Alaska Airlines might just help you get there. They’re definitely in the holiday spirit with their latest promotion; however, you do need to call the Seattle area home to get in on the deal.
Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the ride-share folks over at Uber, and they’re giving free rides to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The freebies are scheduled to run both today and tomorrow—December 23 and December 24—as travelers are welcome to a free one-way ride to the airport.
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September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano.
Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
Interstate 5 between Seattle and Bellingham had something of a major problem just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. As you've probably heard, the Skagit River Bridge collapsed into the water below, but thankfully the injuries were minor considering the situation. Now it’ll be weeks before some temporary supports and spans can be hoisted into place, so in the interim travelers must take the long way or call up Alaska Airlines.
The carrier is looking to help out those stuck by the bridge collapse, and they’re offering up special fares between Bellingham and Seattle. As they put it, they’re helping to “bridge the gap,” and the one-way specials begin at $99 each way.
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Some 787s hanging out Paine Field
If you’re looking to fill your quota of aviation avgeekiness, but can’t swing the cost of round-the-world airfare anytime soon—we’ve got you covered. Paine Field Aviation Day is just around the corner, and plenty of airplanes will be on display for your viewing pleasure on Saturday, May 18 between 9am and 5pm.
The fun all takes place in Everett, Washington, which sits just outside of Seattle. It's better known as the home to Boeing and their primary final assembly lines, but Aviation Day is meant for aircraft both old and new to show off and take to the skies. Tickets for adults will set you back $10, but the little ones—under 17—can tag along for free.