Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – commonly referred to as Sea-Tac Airport – serves the city of Seattle in northwestern USA. So named because of its location almost midway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, Sea-Tac Airport is the largest air transport hub of the Pacific Northwest region and one of the busiest of the United States, handling more than 30 million passengers yearly. Operational from 1944, Sea-Tac Airport is the hub of Alaska Airlines and has one of the largest parking garages in the whole of North America (that can accommodate about 13,000 cars at a go). The airport is served by more than 20 airlines and flies to over 50 destinations worldwide.
Sea-Tac Airport’s passenger terminal is separated into 3 sections – the Central Terminal and 2 satellite terminals North and South (which are connected by an underground train system).
Sea-Tac Airport is located only about 15 miles south of Seattle, so getting to and from the airport isn’t too difficult. The cheapest way of getting into the city is probably via the airport’s Central Link Light Rail, which connects to downtown Seattle in about 35 minutes at a very affordable fare. Simply head to the fourth floor of the airport garage to access the SeaTac Airport Station, and hop on the train.
Otherwise, public buses from King County Metro Transit heading to downtown Seattle stop near the airport as well. Those who’d prefer not to walk to the public bus stops may wish to use Sea-Tac Airport’s Downtown Airporter, a bus that heads to major hotels in Seattle’s city centre (board the Airporter from the third floor of the airport garage).
If you’re in a hurry, taxis can readily be found right outside Sea-Tac Airport as well – these will take you into town in about 20 minutes (depending on traffic conditions) for a fare of around 40-50USD.
What to see and do
If in Seattle don’t miss a visit to the city’s most popular tourist attraction – the renowned Pike Place Market, a public farmer’s market that boasts a huge collection of amazing locally-sourced foods and crafts. Considered one of the oldest continuously-running public markets in the USA, Pike Place Market has been in business since 1907 and today receives about 10 million visitors yearly. Though fancier-looking than it was in the past, Pike Place Market remains an excellent place to ‘Meet the Producer’ of the foods and wares you come into contact with on a daily basis. Browse through pretty artisan crafts (usually sold by the very people who make them), antiques and collectibles next to fresh produce like fish, fruits, meats, tobacco and more. Finish off the day with a meal at one of the little family-run restaurants or bakeries with dishes made using the freshest possible ingredients.
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