In the Pacific Northwest region, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the largest airport and also the primary air terminal in the Seattle metropolitan area. Last year, it was the 13th busiest airport, recording 37.5 million passengers and 319,000 metric tonnes of cargo. The airport’s main terminal is the Central Terminal that was expanded and renovated in 2003. It also has four concourses and two Satellite Terminals (North and South). The North and South Satellite Terminals can access the Central Terminal through an underground system created by Bombardier.
What to see & do
Pike Place Market
This is considered the largest tourist area in Seattle and also the oldest operating farmers’ market in the United States. Locals know this place as the home of the famous fish market and the original Starbucks Coffee shop. Opened in August 17, 1907, the market overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle. Here you can enjoy the services offered in the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, Pike Market Childcare and Preschool and Pike Market Clinic. It has become a community of farmers, artisans, and small business owners.
Tagged as the most iconic landmark in Seattle, the Space Needle is a “must see” for visitors because the observation tower stands 520 feet from the ground. You can see the Cascades with background of a misty horizon, snap a photo of Mt. Rainier, or watch ferries and boats cruise through Elliot Bay. The Observation Deck operates daily from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Seattle Art Museum
The museum has three major facilities, with its main museum located in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Asian Art Museum found in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the central Seattle waterfront. The sculpture park is open for free to all, while the other facilities can be accessed also for free on the first Thursday of each month. It has a collection of about 25,000 artworks.
How to get around within Seattle
A taxi ride is the most convenient ride in going to major destinations in Seattle. A less expensive mode of transport is the Metro Transit or the Sound Transit Rail, which can be bought from the airport to downtown Seattle. An exciting way to get around Seattle is by using bikes and traversing the bike trails and shared roadways all over the city. Bus lines, rental cars, and door-to-door shuttle services also offer services at the airport to ferry passengers to their desired destinations in Seattle area. They also have a ride-sharing scheme in the city, which has become an alternative for taxi cabs since it is cheaper and friendlier. It uses a mobile application to be downloaded by interested passengers.
How to get there
Flights to the Seattle-Tacoma International airport include those from North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It also serves as the main hub for the Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The terminal is considered the international gateway to Asia and Europe for Delta Air Lines, which has expanded its operations at the airport starting 2011. International flights arrive at the South Satellite Terminal, where passengers pass through immigration and customs. They are, however, taken back via train to the main terminal where the security checkpoint is located.