Seafair is back for its 68th year, welcoming summer and celebrating Seattle!
The iconic celebration kicks off 10 weeks of festival fun, community events, and fast boats on Wednesday, June 14, at Westlake Park, culminating with the much-anticipated Seafair weekend and Log Boom, Aug. 4-6, at Genesee Park on Lake Washington.
Plan Now for Seafair Weekend
Seafair weekend is the peak of Seattle’s summer for many, with boat races, aerobatic performers overhead and live music. Want a front row seat to the action? Join the celebration on Lake Washington’s Log Boom, where you can park your boat and relax. But plan early and secure your boat’s spot soon. The year, you can reserve your log boom spot directly on Seafair.com.
Getting to the Log Boom
Make your Seafair weekend completely stress-free—let us drive. We’ll pick you up on your schedule and get you to the Log Boom (or any Seafair event!) and back home again, safely and worry-free. Shuttle Express offers black car/limousine service and private charters for events like this, when you want to kick back and enjoy yourself without worrying about driving after a few alcoholic beverages. Let Shuttle Express take care of the driving, traffic, and parking hassles so you can enjoy Seafair! Reach us at our Shuttle Express sales office for more info.
More Seafair 2017 ‘Can’t Miss’ Events
- Seafair Kickoff, June 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Westlake Park
- Alaska Airlines Rock ‘n’ roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon, June 17-18, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; info and sign up at RunRocknRoll.com/Seattle
- Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer 4th, July 4, Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park; day of fun and live music, ending with a spectacular fireworks show over Lake Union
- Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, July 29, 7:30 p.m., downtown Seattle, open and reserved seating available
- Seafair Weekend, Aug 4 – Aug 6, Genesee Park on Lake Washington and various locations, featuring the Boeing Seafair Air Show, Albert Lee Appliance Cup, Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience, and the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup
Seattle’s Transportation Choice
As Seattle’s transportation experts, our professional, friendly drivers have been getting people where they need to go for nearly 30 years, safely and on time. We’re best known for our iconic Sea-Tac Airport van service, but we do so much more—luxury cars, large and small coaches, private vans.
Wherever you need to go, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Book online at shuttleexpress.com.
June means the start of summer in a good chunk of North America—school’s out and everyone’s ready to vacate to somewhere amazing for a few weeks. But while June brings pleasant weather here, if you’re planning an international escape it’s wise to make sure where you’re going is equally as lovely. Here are five gorgeous destinations that are just right in June.
June is a relatively quiet month in Beijing with fewer visitors than usual since few if any Chinese holidays or celebrations happen this month. The Great Wall and other tourist draws are less crowded which means it’s a bit cheaper to travel there. June is the start of summer in Beijing, and the weather is usually mild. Travel + Leisure lists it as a one of its best places to travel in June.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Want to stay closer to home? Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is another recommendation from T+L. Early summer brings flowering trees and shrubs, with wildlife emerging which makes this national park a must-see. In addition to backpacking, hiking, and camping, you’ll find festivals and other events nearby for summer fun of all types.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana gets little rain in June and enjoys temps averaging 89 degrees, perfect weather to enjoy the white sandy beaches. What’s even better, resort and activity rates are low in June. Don’t wait, though, since the crowds usually hit in July and August. Check out Price of Travel for more info.
Summer in Hawaii is crowded, no question, but if summer is your only chance to visit this tropical destination, it’s best to go early in the season, and that means June. Early June is a good option, since it’s the end of the off-season; make sure to book your travel early, no matter when you go. Frommer’s offers travel tips to help you plan.
Fiji ranks as a favorite destination for many, and June is a great time to enjoy the beaches, resorts, and tropical vibe. Sunshine is abundant with temps typically in the 80s. Peak season is July through September, so if you can sneak in a trip in June, you’ll avoid the crowds and steep rates.
Getting to the Airport
Need a ride to Sea-Tac Airport for your getaway? Shuttle Express is here for you. As Seattle’s individual and executive transportation experts, our professional, friendly team has been at the wheel for nearly 30 years, keeping our guests safe, on time, and stress-free. Whether it’s driving you to Sea-Tac and back in a town car or private shuttle, or transporting your office team of 50 to a group event in a well-appointed chartered bus, our experienced team will make it happen. It’s easy to book online at shuttleexpress.com or connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re all about making travel enjoyable, simple, and as stress-free as possible, so our Shuttle Express travel team went in search of useful travel apps that can actually help you, from packing to translating. Here’s a rundown of a few cool options to try, all available for iOS and Android:
Got some time to kill during a long layover? LoungeBuddy gives you access to 170 airport lounges worldwide on a pay-by-use basis, where you can freshen up, relax with a beverage, or bring the family to those locations with designated kid rooms. If you have more than a few hours to fill though, consider heading to Seattle for the day.
AroundMe gives you information on businesses and services near you—it pinpoints where you are and lets you search for the nearest restaurants, banks and gas stations, just about anything you need when you’re traveling or visiting unfamiliar territory.
Hopper is a flight-booking app that does it all (or close to it): when you search your flight, it gets you the best price–it tells you to book now or to wait, notifying you as soon as the price drops; then, you book the flight on your phone. Easy booking at the best price.
Packpoint makes packing a cinch with its automatically-generated packing list. Enter your destination, travel dates, plus details about what you’ll be doing, and Packpoint spits out your organized list, which is simple to change if it misses the mark.
Prey is a free anti-theft solution that helps you find your devices if they are lost or stolen. It wipes your data, locks down the device, and triggers an alarm, even taking photos of anyone using your device.
- Google Translate
Google Translate isn’t new, but it’s an easy, useful tool for both offline and real-time translation. Just download the language you need, point your camera at the text in question, and you’ve got your translation.
Need a Ride?
Shuttle Express drives you to the airport or anywhere with friendly, safe transportation you can trust. Shuttle Express has it all–town cars, SUVs, limos, vans, plus bus charters for group and executive transportation. Our professional, friendly drivers make sure you arrive safely and on time, for business or pleasure. Book online at shuttleexpress.com.
Looking for ways to land that coveted hotel room upgrade? Our Shuttle Express travel coordinators gave us their tips on getting a better deal than what you started with. Remember, an upgrade can be more than just a bigger room—it may be a room on a higher floor (usually quieter and nicer), a better view, more amenities, spa vouchers, and/or restaurant credits.
- Get social about your upcoming stay, tweeting, posting, and chatting about how much you’re looking forward to the hotel. You may get noticed by the hotel and rewarded with an upgrade.
- Don’t book the cheapest room, instead book a mid-price room and you have a better shot at an upgrade.
- Request to see different rooms. If your reserved room is not acceptable for some reason, immediately go back to the front desk, tell them you’re disappointed with your room and want to see other options. To compensate for your disappointment, you could end up with an upgrade.
- Returning guests are very important to hotels, so if you’re in their loyalty program, say so before making your request.
- Consider tipping your front desk agent/manager. It’s a nice thing to do, and you may get preferential treatment. Worse thing that can happen—your generosity made someone happy.
- Use sites like DreamCheaper, a rebooking site that monitors your reservation, scanning for a better deal. If a better room comes up at the same price you paid, you automatically get upgraded. DreamCheaper cancels your previous booking and rebooks you at the same price. Upgrade score!
- Stay at a new hotel, since they are probably newly marketing the property and may offer lower rates on better rooms.
Most important advice: be polite, be friendly, and ask. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. Good luck!
Need a Ride?
As Seattle’s local transportation experts, our professional, friendly drivers have been getting people where they need to go for nearly 30 years, safely and on time. We’re best known for our iconic Sea-Tac Airport van service, but we do so much more—luxury cars, large and small coaches, private vans. We partner with corporations, hotels, meeting planners, or anyone who needs reliable, comfortable transportation with a friendly attitude.
If your company needs VIP black car service or group motor coach transportation, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Reach us at email@example.com.
If you’ve got a 24-hour layover at Sea-Tac Airport and want ideas on how to spend it, we have suggestions. Our Shuttle Express team has nearly 30 years of experience helping travelers get places safely and on time both to/from the airport and around town, so we know the greater Seattle area well.
Located about 13 miles from Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle is under 30 minutes away if traffic is kind to you. This is a good time to mention it—factor in extra time for traffic. For easy, private transportation, book black car service with Shuttle Express. We’ll take you to your attractions and get you back in time for check-in.
Here are our suggestions, which aren’t “off the beaten path,” but are the main attractions you shouldn’t miss as a new visitor.
Whether rain or drizzle (possibly even shine!), taking in the Seattle Waterfront is a must. Enjoy iconic restaurants such as Ivar’s, Elliott’s Oyster House, or Six Seven for waterfront dining. But before dining, take a spin on the Great Wheel — it’s the west coast’s largest observation wheel and towers 175 feet tall above Pier 57. Open year-round, you’ll enjoy a 10- to 15-minute ride high above the pier with outstanding views of the city, Elliott Bay, and beyond.
Pike Place Market
Since its opening day in August 1907, Pike Place Market has been the heart of downtown Seattle, drawing the community together with its famous market, vibrant shops, and eclectic mix of cultures. The Market is a must-see/must-experience for a visitor looking for a true Seattle vibe.
Perhaps the number one attraction in the city, the Space Needle offers 360 degree views from 500-feet above ground in the Observation Deck. Enjoy the 41-second ride up the elevator and take in the views of the Cascades, Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the busy city below your feet.
Established in 1852, Pioneer Square is considered Seattle’s original neighborhood—stroll around, there’s much to see and experience. Don’t miss the parks: Waterfall Garden Park, Pioneer Park, and Occidental Square Park. Visit King Street Station and enjoy the recent renovation that revived this architectural beauty.
As Seattle’s local transportation experts, we’re best known for our trusted Sea-Tac Airport van service, but we do so much more—luxury cars, large and small coaches, private vans. We partner with corporations, hotels, meeting planners, or anyone who needs reliable, comfortable transportation with a friendly attitude.
Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.