18 hr+ layover in both SEA and PDX, any ideas.

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    Jun 19, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    Heading to SF this coming weekend, have to visit brother on short notice. I'm burning up a lot of my FF miles and used them to get my ticket, not the happiest about this, but unemployment is in my near future, paying didn't seem really practical when I could fly for 'free.' One redeeming quality is that I was able to have a layover from 8 PM to 5 PM in Seattle on the way out and from 12 PM to 10 AM layover in Portland on the way home. Any suggestions on what to do during a layover of that length, excluding gay bars or Pike Place Market? Too short to really dig in and do a lot, too long just to set in hotel room. I will be staying in downtown both cities and will have no car, not looking for suburban/rural destinations. Been to both cities before, but always before to gat a rental car and hit the slopes. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
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    Jun 19, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    Get obliterated and have sex.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    ILmarathonrunner saidHeading to SF this coming weekend, have to visit brother on short notice. I'm burning up a lot of my FF miles and used them to get my ticket, not the happiest about this, but unemployment is in my near future, paying didn't seem really practical when I could fly for 'free.' One redeeming quality is that I was able to have a layover from 8 PM to 5 PM in Seattle on the way out and from 12 PM to 10 AM layover in Portland on the way home. Any suggestions on what to do during a layover of that length, excluding gay bars or Pike Place Market? Too short to really dig in and do a lot, too long just to set in hotel room. I will be staying in downtown both cities and will have no car, not looking for suburban/rural destinations. Been to both cities before, but always before to gat a rental car and hit the slopes. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!


    Seattle - you could visit the Museum of Flight if you find that interesting. There are shuttles that run from Sea-Tac to Boeing Field.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    What airline do you have your miles on to where you have goofy layovers like these? You live in STL, so it can't be AA.

    Not a PDXpert here, but I know SEA fairly well. If you have the time, the Red Hook Brewery in Ballard is a possibility and you can always check out what's on the menu at the 5 Spot Restaurant in the north side of town.
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    Jun 20, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidWhat airline do you have your miles on to where you have goofy layovers like these? You live in STL, so it can't be AA.

    Not a PDXpert here, but I know SEA fairly well. If you have the time, the Red Hook Brewery in Ballard is a possibility and you can always check out what's on the menu at the 5 Spot Restaurant in the north side of town.



    He sounds like an Alaska Airlines flyer icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 20, 2011 2:04 AM GMT

    Ouch....I like the Boeing Field idea for SEA...its really interesting and not quite as risky as going into the city and missing your outbound flight because I-5 is moving at .87696 MPH. With PDX, thats a tough one. Can you move your inbound up a bit? The last MAX train leaves PDX for the city just shy of midnight and does not run again till 0500. There is no shortage of things to do downtown...eateries, galleries, etc. If you are looking to hit a few clubs, I believe last call is 0145 and most places want everyone OUT by 2-2:30am.
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    Jun 20, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Bar.
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    Thanks to everyone for the tips!

    MsclDrew said
    turtleneckjock saidWhat airline do you have your miles on to where you have goofy layovers like these?

    Not a PDXpert here, but I know SEA fairly well. If you have the time, the Red Hook Brewery in Ballard is a possibility and you can always check out what's on the menu at the 5 Spot Restaurant in the north side of town.



    He sounds like an Alaska Airlines flyer icon_rolleyes.gif


    Alaska Airlines it is; works perfectly for us St Louis folk as FF program of choice. (BTW, these were intentional layovers, not simply the only availability for mileage tickets. I figured why not squeeze in a couple brief sightseeing opportunities). While our one daily Alaska flight out of STL isn't a big earner (at the time of my enrollment, AS had no flights to/from STL), I earn miles on both American and Delta, biggest two airlines in STL after Southwest. Throw in British Airways and AF/KLM, my primary international carriers, and the program works well for me., can Only downside is no status match on AA, but I'm young and flexible. Still, Alaska has a great mileage plan; very easy to earn, variety of opportunities to earn, one of the best in providing seat availability, and amazing customer service.
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    Jun 20, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    Boeing field/Museum of flight would work. The Mariners are outa town but might check and see if the SEA Sounders are in town(?).
    You're kinda F'd as far as the PDX lay over goes but maybe a trip to PDX Steam (?) lol (modern bath house) when you get in or grab a pint or 2 at one of the brew pubs downtown. Bridge Port is in the Pearl. If you're at the Hilton or there abouts downtown (PDX) tons of pubs around.
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Jun 20, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    Take the light rail to/from the airport. You avoid traffic, save $ on cabs, and it'll get you to most of the downtown destinations you can think of.

    Check out Pioneer Square, which is just picking up its tourist season now. The neighborhood is full of art galleries, interesting architecture, coffeeshops and the Seattle Underground Tour which is a fascinating historical attraction.

    On Capitol Hill, check out Elliott Bay Bookstore, Cha Cha Lounge, Baltic Room or Linda's to get a good sampling of the city.
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    Jun 20, 2011 8:02 AM GMT
    For Seattle, you could play tourist and head to Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle and the Seattle Music Experince (designed by Frank Gehry).

    The museum contains mostly rock memorabilia and technology-intensive multimedia displays. Experience Music Project showcases rare artifacts from popular music history and allows the visitor to experience music through interactive exhibitions like Sound Lab and On Stage. The Northwest passage is dedicated to the history of Seattle music, including Jimi Hendrix, Heart, and the grunge music genre.

    And the building is so extraordinary in its own right, you could just walk around outside and marvel at its outrageousness.

    Maybe you're not a fan of revolving restaurants. I wasn't, but went to the one atop the Space Needle and was pleasantly surprised. Great view of the city. And you could go just to the observation deck and then grab a drink at the bar.

    The Pier District along the waterfront has an excellent array of restaurants, in many price brackets. And you can reach it fairly easily by taking a longish walk from Pike Place Market.

    If you have time, the new Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is one of the most beautiful and impressive public buildings in the nation. It's especially dramatic after sunset.

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    As for Portland, you have a lot of options since it has one of the best mass transit systems in the country. There's the above-ground MAX train that goes just about everywhere, and a more limited trolley system in downtown.

    The Pearl District offers the most fun within a fairly small network of urban neighborhoods. Powell's City of Books is a great place to browse. It's the largest independent bookstore in America. And there's a coffee shop on the first floor. Portlanders are a friendly bunch and justly proud of their city, so don't be afraid to ask for directions or suggestions on what to see.

    Or you can hop on a streetcar and take a trip over to Northwest 23rd Avenue (or NW 21st) for lunch or dinner. This is an area with numerous sidewalk cafes and shops.

    Also consider Hubers Restaurant at 411 SW Third Ave If you been out on the town at night and looking for a place to end the evening, stop at Hubers and have a some Spanish coffee prepared and flamed beside your table or at the bar. They are also famous for their turkey dinners.




  • cacti

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    Jun 20, 2011 8:29 AM GMT
    If you want to experience "real" seattle, take the light rail from Seatac to downtown and walk up pike or pine st. to Capitol Hill. You will find the most interesting people/businesses there. It's the most dense residential area, and it's home to lots of retail, eateries, coffee and booze. Also the gay/hipster/artsy hood.

    The touristy stuff like Pike Place Market, Seattle Center/Space Needle is interesting if you've never done it. But if you must get high, hit up the Columbia Tower. It's a much higher view than the needle, much cheaper and quieter. But you have to be there by 4:30pm so no sunset.

    Also, gay pride in Seattle is the weekend of the 25th so there is a lot going on all around Capitol Hill all weekend. The parade is downtown 4th ave Sunday @ 11am. Street parties on pike/pine area of the afterwards and through the night.

    Have fun!
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    Jun 20, 2011 11:19 AM GMT
    ILmarathonrunner saidThanks to everyone for the tips!

    MsclDrew said
    turtleneckjock saidWhat airline do you have your miles on to where you have goofy layovers like these?

    Not a PDXpert here, but I know SEA fairly well. If you have the time, the Red Hook Brewery in Ballard is a possibility and you can always check out what's on the menu at the 5 Spot Restaurant in the north side of town.



    He sounds like an Alaska Airlines flyer icon_rolleyes.gif


    Alaska Airlines it is; works perfectly for us St Louis folk as FF program of choice. (BTW, these were intentional layovers, not simply the only availability for mileage tickets. I figured why not squeeze in a couple brief sightseeing opportunities). While our one daily Alaska flight out of STL isn't a big earner (at the time of my enrollment, AS had no flights to/from STL), I earn miles on both American and Delta, biggest two airlines in STL after Southwest. Throw in British Airways and AF/KLM, my primary international carriers, and the program works well for me., can Only downside is no status match on AA, but I'm young and flexible. Still, Alaska has a great mileage plan; very easy to earn, variety of opportunities to earn, one of the best in providing seat availability, and amazing customer service.


    Can I spot em or what icon_lol.gif

    Agreed they would be my domestic choice... but the hubby has close friends in the ranks so buddy passes are available anytime we need them.


    I left AA for continental when they killed the year round service off this island, the one world alternative of BA means transiting in Heathrow and expensive UK air passenger duty and continental are the the only ones with twice daily service to Newark on freshly refurbished 757...unlike US, Delta and AA, Air Canada who are content to use their oldest and junkiest planes on the route.

    but I may be reevaluating with this 'New United' had a few bad experiences and have never been treated well on that airline...