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    Mount Rainier National Park

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    3 Day Itinerary: Glacier Grandeur, Apples and Aircraft

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    4 Day Itinerary: Sensational Coasts and Islands

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    5 Day Itinerary: Volcanoes and Vineyards  


Plan your holiday

Getting to Seattle/Washington State and getting around:


Seattle-Tacoma Seattle International Airport

Seattle – Heart of the Pacific West

Sea-Tac Airport is the ideal gateway not just for Washington State but for wider exploring into Idaho and Montana, US states which do not have non-stop flights from the UK. Sea-Tac is also an excellent starting point for a Two Nation trip which extends north into British Columbia, Canada, making use of excellent rail and ferry services as well as fly-drive opportunities.

There are non-stop direct daily flights with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London to Seattle. Norwegian offers four non stop, direct flights a week to Seattle from London Gatwick. Thomas Cook will launch two flights a week from May 2018 between Manchester and Seattle and Aer Lingus will launch direct non stop flights to Seattle from Dublin in May 2018. There are also many regional services from around the UK with Icelandair via Reykjavik.

Arriving at Sea-Tac airport

When you arrive at Sea-Tac you have the choice of the Link light rail into the heart of Seattle for under £3, or you can travel by Uber or Lyft from the airport into the city. See PortSeattle.org for more information on ground transport at Sea-Tac.

Useful websites


Over 200 ships sail from downtown Seattle to Alaska

Over 200 ships will cruise to Alaska from Seattle this season, which Cruise Critic named as Best Homeport in North America 2016. The Alaska cruises are mostly seven days so it makes perfect sense to add a stop in Seattle or Washington State, before or after your cruise. 11 ships sail to Alaska from Seattle with the following companies:

Clipper Vacations offer daily year round ferry services from Seattle to/from Victoria on Vancouver Island. There are also seasonal services from Seattle to the San Juan Islands.

Washington State Ferries run eleven different shorter crossings around Puget Sound and to/from the San Juan Islands.

The Port of Seattle owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a premier Pacific coast gateway, with non-stop service from 24 international cities and connecting flights to 81 US cities. Services at the Port’s two downtown cruise ship terminals make Seattle the preferred choice for Alaska or Pacific Northwest cruises on the USA west coast, via seven international cruise lines. Year-round service to Victoria, BC and the San Juan Islands is also available. The Port’s tourism mission, in partnership with Visit Seattle, is to encourage international visitors to Fly & Drive and Cruise & Stay. Be sure to check out PortSeattle.org

Seattle sails serenely into superb small ship cruising

Cruising from Seattle offers much more than a gateway to Alaska. Small ships reach inlets, channels and authentic petits ports which giant liners with swimming pools and theatres can only glide past. For example, Uncruise and the American Cruise Line offer exciting roundtrip itineraries from Seattle. Uncruise celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2017.

Uncruise has a 7 night holiday, Explore! Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands, which includes Whidbey Island, Deception Pass, Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. Experience kayaking and paddleboarding in glacial fiords, hiking in temperate rainforest, see whales, orcas, sea lions and seabirds galore and enjoy some of the freshest local oysters and clams ever, on board the ‘Wilderness Discoverer’ with 76 guests.

British Columbia’s Yachter’s Paradise, out of Seattle, is a 7 day Uncruise which includes wonderful days in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound coupled with fiords further north in Canada. This is an intimate trip of only 22 guests, and includes high tea in Victoria, the Whale Museum at Friday Harbor, orcas, eagles and Dall’s porpoises.

American Cruise Lines’ Puget Sound and San Juan Islands itinerary on the ‘American Spirit’ takes up to 100 passengers on 7 days of bliss delving into delightful small towns such as La Conner and Victorian Port Townsend. Spend time in Victoria and Port Angeles as well as the Scandinavian and Native American cultures in Poulsbo.

All of these trips are best bookended with a few brilliant days in Seattle, the Emerald City, which Cruise Critic named as Best Homeport in North America 2016.

With non-stop daily flights from London on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, Seattle is Britain’s most direct gateway to the Pacific Northwest. Norwegian offers four direct, non stop flights a week from Gatwick and from May 2018, Thomas Cook Airlines will launch direct flights from Manchester to Seattle and Aer Lingus will launch direct flights from Dublin to Seattle. and Icelandair and other airlines offer one-stop flights from airports around the UK and Ireland.



BY rail

Amtrak Cascades route along the Puget Sound

Amtrak operates half a dozen services each way per day between Vancouver, Canada through Seattle to Portland, Oregon and into California on the Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight routes. Twelve stations on this line are in Washington State. Amtrak’s Empire Builder has routes from both Seattle and Portland Oregon to Spokane and then east to Chicago.

The two lines have a further ten stations in Washington State.

Rocky Mountaineer offers vacation packages on their luxury trains, about one third of which are Coastal Passage tours starting at Seattle for trips into the Canadian Rockies.

BY road

Scenic Byways - Randall Tomares

Sea-Tac Airport has a modern central car hire facility which hosts 13 different rental companies offering a very wide range of vehicles. For passengers arriving by cruise ship, several companies will collect from Port of Seattle’s terminal on cruise days and provide transport to downtown car hire locations. Washington State’s 25 scenic byways offer some of the world’s finest driving experiences.


Brochures, Guides & Sample Itineraries

Port of Seattle works with partners to offer British visitors the most flexible opportunities to extend your holiday in Washington State. We know that many UK visitors will be coming for a cruise from Seattle to Alaska; there are wonderful options to cruise and stay which can be explored via the following links and websites:

Links for Washington State and Visit Seattle digital guides below:

For information on cruises out of Seattle to Alaska you can download:

Check out our sample itineraries which include 2,3,4 and 5 day itineraries which are modular so if you combine them together, you also get a fabulous 14 day break in Washington State:

Tour operators

A Selection of UK Tour Operators who offer Seattle and Washington State (in addition to the cruise lines listed above)

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