Frommer's Seattle 2004 by Karl Samson

By Karl Samson

Thoroughly up to date each year (unlike many of the competition), Frommer' s Seattle 2004 is meticulously researched via a Pacific Northwest resident, who stocks his favourite unearths and insider tips. You' ll detect the easiest areas to shop for local arts and crafts; the pinnacle eating places, from very good seafood joints to modern brewpubs; the hippest espresso bars; and the easiest mountain climbing, cycling, kayaking, and fishing within the wonderful landscapes close by. all of the best urban points of interest are the following, plus part journeys to the beautiful San Juan Islands, Mount Rainier, and Mount St. Helen' s. within you' ll locate lodgings to fit each style and price range, plus nightlife, a whole consumer' s consultant, and a bunch of specified, actual maps.

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The train takes about 4 hours from Vancouver to Seattle and 31⁄ 2 to 4 hours from Portland to Seattle. One-way fares from Vancouver to Seattle or from Portland to Seattle are usually between $25 and $30. Booking earlier will get you a less expensive ticket. There is also Amtrak service to Seattle from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland on the Coast Starlight, and from Spokane and points east on the Empire Builder. Amtrak also operates a bus between Vancouver and Seattle. Like the airlines, Amtrak offers several discounted fares; although they’re not all based on advance purchase, you have more discount options by reserving early.

3 Getting Around the United States For specific information on traveling to and around Seattle, see “Getting There,” in chapter 2, and “Getting Around,” in chapter 4. S. destination to another at very low prices. These discount tickets are not on sale in the United States and must be purchased abroad in conjunction with your international ticket. This system is the best, easiest, and fastest way to see the United States at low cost. Get information well in advance from your travel agent or the office of the airline concerned, since the conditions attached to these discount tickets can be changed without advance notice.

Cities, but they can be found in hotel lobbies, bars, restaurants, museums, department stores, shopping malls, railway and bus stations, and service stations. Note, however, that restaurants and bars in resorts or heavily visited areas may reserve their restrooms for the use of their patrons. Some establishments display a notice that toilets are for the use of patrons only. You can 39 40 C H A P T E R 3 . F O R I N T E R N AT I O N A L V I S I TO R S ignore this sign or, better yet, avoid arguments by paying for a cup of coffee or a soft drink, which will qualify you as a patron.

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