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Seattle: Signature City of the Pacific Northwest

Program Number: 2832RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 8/1/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Seattle, Washington
Price starting at: $1,095.00 - 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 Salt; Low Fat; 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 787s on the production line at Boeing's Everett plant. Cruise Lake Union on the historic steamship Virginia V. 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.




Highlights

• At the Boeing Everett Plant watch jet airliners move down the assembly line in the world's largest building.
• Board the historic steamship Virginia V, last of the Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet, for a Lake Union cruise while you learn about this area's amazing history from the state's foremost historian.
• 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

7-27-2014

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
Full-service hotel in the heart of Seattle.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
David Williams

David Williams is a freelance natural history writer. Based on the western edge of the North American plate in Seattle, he has taught geology to students of all ages. His books include “Stories in Stone: Travels in Urban Geology,” “A Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from Seattle” and “A Naturalist’s Guide to Canyon Country.” He has written for numerous periodicals including Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Mechanics and National Wildlife, and is a regular contributor to Earth Magazine.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Warwick Hotel
  Seattle, WA 5 nights
 The Warwick Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 401 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickwa.com
  Room amenities: Coffeemaker, mini-bar, robes, Juliet balcony with sliding glass doors, iron/ironing board, internet access, in-room safe.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant/lounge, fitness center, indoor swimming pool/whirlpool, garage parking at $15 + tax/night (6'2" vehicle height limit).
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary seasonally. Pre/post rates apply 3 night before/after program dates. Call 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Rates vary seasonally. Pre/post rates apply 3 night before/after program dates. Call 800-426-9280, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for reservations.
  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 Warwick Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after visits to Space Needle and Chihuly Garden & Glass, approximately noon.. You will be staying at The Warwick Hotel 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

   

Ride the elevator from baggage to the third floor. Cross a skybridge into the parking garage and ride the elevator down to the main level. Go to Island 2 to catch the Shuttle Express, which departs every 30 minutes. Ride the Shuttle Express to the Warwick Hotel. Ask about reduced rates for round-trip tickets.

 

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 hour 

 

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

   

Ride the elevator to the third floor from baggage claim. Cross a skybridge to the parking garage. Follow signs to LINK light. Purchase ticket with credit card or cash. If you are 65 or older you qualify for the $.75 ticket rate. Ride the elevator to the platform level. Ride to the last stop, the Westlake Station. Get off train and take the elevator to street level. Walk 1 block west to 4th Avenue. Walk 3 blocks north along 4th Avenue to the Warwick Hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the north From I-5 southbound, exit at Stewart Street (exit # 166). Follow Stewart to 4th Avenue. Turn right onto 4th Avenue. Drive 1.5 blocks to the Warwick Hotel; the cross street before the hotel entrance is Virginia Street. The hotel garage entrance is on the right side of the street.
  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 along 4th Avenue until you reach Virginia Street. The Warwick Hotel is 1/2 block farther along 4th Avenue on the right side of the street.
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, July 27)
   
 Arrive To: Hotel check-in time is 4:00 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 Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boeing plant visit with introductory film and narrated walking tour of the plant. Dungeness crab lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Museum of History and Industry.
(Monday, July 28)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Use your voucher to choose a Hot American Breakfast or other tasty selections from the menu.
 Morning: Relax in a chartered coach on the way to the Everett Boeing plant. Upon arrival, 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 new 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 Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Olympic Sculpture Park, Chittenden Locks and Pioneer Square
(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.
 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 Thai restaurant--tasty but not spicy.
 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 Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Stroll the Fremont neighborhood and visit the Theo Chocolate Factory. Free lunch, afternoon,dinner and evening.
(Wednesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.
 Morning: Stroll the quirky Fremont neighborhood, then take a tasty tour of the Theo Chocolate Factory. Sampling is strongly encouraged!
 Lunch: On your own for lunch today. Suggestions will be supplied.
 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. Some suggestions within a short walk or easily reached: Seattle Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4, Gerard Schwartz conducting, 206-215-4747; Seattle Repertory Theatre, "Boeing, Boeing", a lighthearted comedy, 206-443-2222; ACT Theatre, "Grey Gardens: The Musical", 206-292-7676; Triple Door. "Seattle Secret Music Showcase", 206-838-4333.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Boat cruise from Elliott Bay through the Chittenden Locks. Visit the Seattle Art Museum.
(Thursday, July 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.
 Morning: Spend 2 relaxing hours cruising on Elliott Bay and through the Chittenden Locks to see houseboats and seaplanes on the sparkling waters of Lake Union. View parts of Seattle's marine life as you sail by fishing trawlers, cruise ships and tugboats. Comfortable, well-equipped tour boat with inside and outside decks.
 Lunch: Unpack your box lunch on the deck 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: Our relaxing dinner winds up the evening.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Hotel
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, August 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant this morning.
 Morning: We'll see a 1962 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. Step next door to delight in the sparkling art of the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit. Return with the group to the hotel or stay as long as you'd like to enjoy other attractions at the Seattle Center; these include the Gates Foundation Visitor Center and Experience Music Project. We'll finish before lunch.
 Lunch: Return to hotel for departures. Bon voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Seattle, WA 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.



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.



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.



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.



The Boys in the Boat


Author: Daniel James Brown


Description: The story of nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This true account of the University of Washington crew's experiences will hold you spellbound.



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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