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Seattle: Signature City of the Pacific Northwest

Program Number: 2832RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/8/2013 - 9/13/2013; 7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $994.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Seattle glows with the richness of its history, the energy of its future — and offers exceptional urban adventures at every turn. Learn about the area's human and natural history at the new Museum of History and Industry at South Lake Union Park. See giant jetliners under construction at Boeing's Everett plant. Hear about the Chittenden Locks and see boats passing between fresh and salt water, salmon swimming up the fish ladder and flowers blooming in the botanical garden. Tour a chocolate factory and enjoy abundant samples. Take a docent-led walk at the acclaimed Seattle Art Museum.




Highlights

• At the Boeing Everett Plant watch jet airliners and cargo planes move down the assembly line in the world's largest building.
• See Seattle's skyline from the water as you cruise Elliot Bay and pass through the Chittenden Locks into Lake Union.
• Zip to the top of the landmark Space Needle, then marvel at the sparkling glass art in the brand-new Chihuly Garden and Glass.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 12 blocks on city sidewalks, at the Boeing factory and in museums.




Date Specific Information

9-8-2013, 7-27-2014, 9-7-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Evergreen Adventures.




Seattle

Seattle is a visual gem, set amid saltwater, lakes and mountains. International influences abound in this congenial city. Unique neighborhoods, world-class cultural institutions, parks and the landmark Space Needle are just the beginning.



Accommodations
Vibrant urban hotel with fitness center in heart of Seattle’s bustling downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
  Seattle, WA 5 nights
 The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market, the central library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya (symphony) Hall, sports stadiums, restaurants, shopping, theaters and the monorail to the Seattle Center and the Space Needle.
  Contact info: 1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 USA
phone: 206-971-8000
web: www.seattleredlionfifthavenue.com
  Room amenities: Flat screen TV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, terry robes, Bath & Bodyworks amenities, iron/ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Newly-redecorated guestrooms, restaurant/lounge/terrace, fitness facility, free wireless internet, dataports, $15/night guest parking (6'2" clearance).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Red Lion Central reservations at 1-855-515-1144 or seattleredliononfifthavenue.com
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Contact Red Lion Central reservations at 1-855-515-1144 or seattleredliononfifthavenue.com
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Any time between 4:00-5:00 PM in posted meeting room. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after visits to Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass, approximately noon.. You will be staying at The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is $15/night + tax for registered hotel guests, subject to change.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Seattle, WA
  Nearest city or town:  Seattle
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5
  Nearest airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Seattle, WA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle Express
phone: 425-981-7000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approximately $15, subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one hour 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Take the elevator or the escalator to the third floor of the airport parking garage. Cross the skybridge and take the elevator down to the main level. Go to Island 2 to connect with Shuttle Express. Reservations are recommended but not required.

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cabs
phone: NA0-0 0-0-00 x---

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

For one-four persons, about $40-45
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

one 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

 

Seattle

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
LINK light rail line
phone: NA0-000-0000 x000000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.50/person/adult; $.75/person/senior each way, subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Catch the LINK light rail through the parking garage at SeaTac airport. Purchase ticket with credit card or cash. Ride elevator to the platform level. Board train. Trains depart every 10 minutes. Ride to the last stop, the Westlake Station. Get off train and take the elevator to street level. Walk 1.5 blocks south on 5th Ave. to the Red Lion Hotel, 1415 5th Ave. Ask anyone on the street for directions--Seattleites love to be helpful.

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 5th Avenue. Turn left onto 5th Avenue. Drive 3.5 blocks to the Red Lion Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Pike Street.The hotel entrance is on the right side of the street. The garage entrance is down from the street and occurs before the main hotel entrance. If you reach Union St. you've gone too far.
  From the south, including SeaTac Airport Take I-5 northbound. Exit at Seneca Street (exit # 165).Follow Seneca to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue, drive 3 blocks, turn right onto Pike Street, drive the length of that block, turn right onto 5th Avenue and see the basement garage entrance before the main hotel entrance. If you reach Union St. you've gone too far.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, reception, dinner.
(Sunday, September 8)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in time is 3:00 pm. Register in our meeting room, posted on a sign in the lobby, at any time between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. At 5:00 pm enjoy a hosted reception. At 5:30 pm we will discuss the week's agenda .
 Dinner: At 6:00 pm a sit-down dinner will be served in our private dining room.
 Evening: After dinner, meet your fellow program participants and view a short video about Seattle activities.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boeing plant visit with introductory film and narrated walking tour of the plant. Dungeness crab lunch (or order from the menu) at a waterfront restaurant. Enjoy the interactive exhibits at the new Museum of History and Industry at South Lake Union Park.
(Monday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast, 7:30-8:30 AM, in the hotel's restaurant: assorted cold cereals, hot cereal, pancakes, breakfast meats,breakfast breads/muffins, choice of juices, eggs, toast station, yogurt, fresh fruit, hot beverages.
 Morning: Relax in a chartered coach on the way to the Everett Boeing plant. View a short introductory film, then look down onto the plant floor to see passenger jets and cargo planes moving down the assembly line.
 Lunch: Enjoy cracked Dungeness crab or order from the menu at a waterfront restaurant overlooking Elliott Bay.
 Afternoon: See fascinating displays about the human and natural history of this area at the Museum of History and Industry in South Lake Union Park.
 Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.
 Evening: Seattle has an interesting and varied architectural history. Learn about the rich details from a noted architectural historian.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Olympic Sculpture Park, Chittenden Locks and Pioneer Square
(Tuesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, 7:30-8:30 am.
 Morning: Stroll the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. Learn about the Chittenden Locks and see commercial and pleasure boats passing through this engineering landmark, salmon swimming up the fish ladder and flowers blooming in the botanical garden.
 Lunch: Enjoy a tasty lunch in a popular local café.
 Afternoon: Stroll the many galleries, museums and sights of Pioneer Square, the birthplace of the city of Seattle.
 Dinner: Dinner in our private dining room.
 Evening: Look forward to unique entertainment after dinner tonight.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Stroll the quirky Fremont neighborhood, then delight in a tasty tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory. Sampling is encouraged!
(Wednesday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Travel to "funky Fremont" to enjoy its street art, then tour the Theo Chocolate Factory where sampling is encouraged.
 Lunch: Stay to explore more of this neighborhood that calls itself "the center of the universe" or return to downtown Seattle with the group. Lunch on your own today.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for your own activities. Suggestions will be provided.
 Dinner: On your own for dinner this evening. Restaurant suggestions will be provided.
 Evening: Free evening for your own activities. Theater, live music and other suggestions will be provided.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Boat cruise from Elliott Bay through the Chittenden Locks. Visit the Seattle Art Museum.
(Thursday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: Spend 2 relaxing hours cruising on Elliott Bay and through the Chittenden Locks to see houseboats and seaplanes on Lake Union. Comfortable, well-equipped tour boat with inside and outside decks.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch on the boat as you see the sights.
 Afternoon: The Seattle Art Museum is yours to explore. After a docent-led walk, spend all the time you choose in this lovely building's many fascinating exhibits.
 Dinner: Dinner in a popular nearby restaurant.
 Evening: No time for activities after dinner tonight.
   
Accommodations: The Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and zip to the top of the Space Needle, then visit the sparkling new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. Bon Voyage!
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.
 Morning: We'll see a film about the construction of the Space Needle, then ride the monorail to the Seattle Center and zip to the top of the Needle in a glass-fronted elevator. Delight in a visit to the sparkling new Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. Return with the group to the hotel about noon or stay as long as you'd like. We'll finish before lunch.
 Lunch: Return to hotel for departures. Bon voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle, WA Chihuly Gardens & Glass
See new work by legendary glass-master Dale Chihuly in a permanent new erxhibit adjacent to the Space Needle at the Seattle Center. We'll visit the Space Needle on Friday morning of our program; if you wish to visit this glass exhibit you can extend your time at the Seattle Center and return on the monorail on your own schedule. Ticket prices for the Chihuly exhibit have not yet been announced. For additional information, visit chihulygardenandglass.com
  LeMay Car Museum
See vintage and exotic cars from the world's largest private car collection at the new LeMay Car Museum in Tacoma, south of Seattle. Convenient public transportation terminates at the Museum. Ticket prices not yet available. For additional information, visit wwwlemaymuseum.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Good Rain


Author: Timothy Egan


Description: Beautifully-written, deeply heartfelt love-letter to the Pacific Northwest.



New Land, North of the Columbia


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: An engaging history of Washington Territory and State, presented through an examination and explanation of original documents by the state's premier historian.



Free Boy; A True Story of Slave and Master


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: How did the Civil War appear in the Pacific Northwest? Read this story of a boy brought to Olympia as a slave and how he gained his freedom.



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


Author: Jamie Ford


Description: Set in the Seattle of WWII, the story of a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl in a world beyond their control.



Snow Falling on Cedars


Author: David Guterson


Description: A study of how people respond to the tides of war, set on Bainbridge Island across Puget Sound from Seattle.



Warship Under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West


Author: Dr. Lorraine McConaghy


Description: The detailed and lively story of the US Navy in the Pacific Northwest during the transition from sail to steam.





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