21 Brilliant Ways to Use Shuttle Express Transportation

Getting where you need to go isn’t always easy, especially in Seattle where traffic congestion has reached epic levels and parking spots are elusive.

We’ve got 21 ideas on how to make life better – and none involve you driving. Shuttle Express has been around for three decades, getting busy people to where they need to go, safely and on time. Our reliable airport shuttle service gets travelers to Sea-Tac and back 24-7, and our private hourly service offers something for everybody—black car service with town cars, SUVs, and limos, private vans and shuttles, and coach service for groups.

Just to show how versatile we are, here are 21 ways our service can make your driving stress a thing of the past:

  1. Elegant town car service for two for dinner and a show in Seattle.
  2. Share ride shuttle to get your family to Sea-Tac and back – children ride FREE!
  3. Private 10-passenger van to haul you, your bike box, golf clubs, and luggage to the airport.
  4. SUV private service for the office team of five to go out for lunch. No parking hassles!
  5. Mini coach service for 28 staffers to attend training 50 miles away. One vehicle for all.
  6. Motor coach service for a conference, from Seattle to Spokane. We go anywhere!
  7. Town car service to and from your favorite party spot – we’re your perfect designated driver.
  8. Private van or car service to the Big Game.
  9. Limo or car service for an afternoon of wine tasting in Woodinville.
  10. Luxury service for a weekend of wine tasting in eastern Washington, with lots of room to store purchases.
  11. Limo for your teen’s special prom for safe transportation all night.
  12. Private 10- to 55-passenger service to the ski slopes. Bring all your friends!
  13. Coach service for your church’s annual trip to … anywhere.
  14. Mini coach service to get your kid’s soccer team to/from all their games.
  15. Commuter program for your company – keep your employees happy with shuttle service between public transportation hubs and the office.
  16. Town car service for fast, easy private airport transportation.
  17. Coach service for your group to visit Leavenworth during the holidays.
  18. Private service to the Tulip Festival in the spring, just a few friends or the whole gang.
  19. Town car service to your favorite music venue, no worries about traffic or parking.
  20. Private limo service for a stress-free, safe “girls’ night out.”
  21. Luxury limo service for the wedding party.

So, whether you’re working hard or playing hard, make life easier with transportation by Shuttle Express. Contact our sales team at sales@shuttleexpress.net or call 425-981-7096 and see how we can help!

4 Dangerous Washington Hikes

It’s not too late for an invigorating trek through a few of Washington’s more challenging hiking spots! Check out MyNorthwest’s top four dangerous hikes and the best way to get there (hint: Shuttle Express drives anywhere, getting you and your group there safely and stress-free, no danger involved).

From rain forests to mountains to lakes, rivers and grassy meadows, it’s no wonder Washington is a hiker’s paradise. In fact, according to Washington Trail Association’s hiking guide, the state is home to nearly 3,400 trails, any of which might offer some fresh air, spectacular scenery and a good day’s exercise.

If you’re looking for a little more than a walk in the park, the state is home to several hikes waiting to challenge the adventure junkie. These four trails will have your heart pumping — both from exertion and adrenaline.

Muir Snowfield, Mt. Rainier National Park

If you’ve always wanted to tackle Mt. Rainier but haven’t any climbing experience, Muir Snowfield might just satiate your curiosity. Camp Muir — the endpoint of this spectacular hike — is as high as you can go on the mountain without a climbing permit. Beginning at Paradise, this trail is 8 miles round trip, but don’t plan on making quick progress. Until August, the trail is generally covered in snow, and with an elevation gain of nearly 5,000 feet, you’ll be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the camp. Save some energy for the last 250 vertical feet, which Washington Trail Association calls “interminable, even for strong climbers.”

Lake Constance, Olympic National Park

If you’re an avid hiker, you’re no doubt familiar with Olympic National Park, home to some of the region’s most beautiful trails. Widely known as the hardest and steepest hike in the park, the Lake Constance Route offers no mercy to novice hikers. A 5-mile hike with an elevation gain of nearly 3,500 feet, the trail can be very steep at times. Hikers will enjoy beautiful views of Constance Creek, Lake Constance, waterfalls and mountains and is best used from June to October.

Granite Mountain, Snoqualmie Pass

No one ever plans to wind up in a mountain avalanche, but if you’re traversing Granite Mountain, you’d best be prepared. In fact, Washington Trail Association recommends hikers have experience with travel in avalanche terrain before attempting the trail, which runs 8.6 miles round trip and gains 3,800 feet – nearly 1,000 feet per mile. Hikers will navigate large boulders and rocky hillside as they climb higher on the trail. Those who reach the summit will be richly rewarded with spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Kaleetan Peak and Crystal Lake.

Mailbox Peak, Snoqualmie Region

Yes, there’s a mailbox at the summit. No, it’s not easy to get to. Historically, Mailbox Peak was a hike for ultradaring (and possibly masochistic), hikers, but after massive erosion and countless injuries, the trail was rebuilt — though not for the novice. Gaining 4,000 feet in less than 5 miles (the hike is 9.4 miles round trip), you’ll huff and puff your way through nearly 4 miles of steep switchbacks. To get to the summit, you’ll traverse 960 vertical feet in only a half mile, making that mailbox a welcome sight.

Getting there

With hiking the state’s unofficial favorite pastime, you can count on these heart-pumping trails to be busy during the summer and early fall months. Parking spots can be scarce, so beat the road traffic and get on the trail as soon as possible with Shuttle Express service. With casual van service for up to 10 hikers plus gear, coach service for groups of 14 to 55 and even overnight service for weekend hikes, you can relax and enjoy your outdoor experience without worrying about traffic, parking and leaving your car. For more information, visit www.shuttleexpress.com.

Frightfully Fun Family Day Trips in October

Scare-tober in the Seattle area is chock full of family-friendly events, fun places to visit, and cool activities for groups large and small. Our sales team came up with their personal favorites to give you some ideas for your group of family or friends. Don’t want to drive? Shuttle Express takes the hassles of driving, traffic, and parking off your plate. We have vans, cars and coaches to fit any group, so don’t let Seattle’s traffic stop you from getting out and enjoying events around the Sound this fall.

Apple Fest – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm

Plan a trip to the country and enjoy Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm’s Apple Festival in Olympia, WA! Beginning Sept. 28 and running every Saturday and Sunday in October from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Lattin’s offers something for everyone in the family: fresh-picked apple samples, bluegrass music, kids’ animal train, face painting, petting farm, pony rides, and wagon rides to their pumpkin patch.

Admission is free, but parking is $5.00 per vehicle. Planning a group visit to the farm? Book a Shuttle Express private van or coach bus so everyone can go together, plus you’ll save parking fees!

Remlinger Farms

Remlinger Farms in Carnation, WA, kicks off fall with their Fall Harvest Festival, offered every weekend in October from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Experience a “Full Farm for the Full Day” and enjoy all park rides, live entertainment and attractions, tractor-drawn hay rides, and more. Before heading home, search the U-pick pumpkin patch for that perfect size for carving.

This festival is the largest in the area, with a treat menu featuring tasty options like mini donuts, pizza, burgers, hot dogs and brats, caramel apples and kettle corn. Admission is $19.75 plus tax – check out their website for all the details.

Kinderfest at Oktoberfest Northwest

Oktoberfest Northwest, an authentic Oktoberfest celebration complete with German beer, brats, entertainment, and games, features a robust kids’ fest, too. Bring the whole family the weekend of October 7-8 to Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup to experience and participate in the Kids ½ Mile Rootbeer Run (Oct. 8), games, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin decoration, airbrush tattoos, authentic May Pole dancing lessons, and authentic arts and craft projects provided by the Tacoma German Language School. Check out their website for all the details. Plan easy, safe transportation with a chartered bus or private van with Shuttle Express.

Cascade Kennel’s 5th Annual Haunted Puppy Town Family Event

Want to include your four-legged family members in the fun? Check out Cascade Kennel’s 5th Annual Haunted Puppy Town family event on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Woodinville, which not only promises fun and excitement, but also benefits local pet rescue and animal sanctuary organizations.

This annual Halloween event and fundraiser includes a costume contest for both pets and their owners, carnival games, a haunted but pet-friendly maze, agility demonstrations and lessons by Dogs in Progress, where your dog can test his skills on obstacles including tunnels, A-frames, jumps, and teeter totters. Admission is free, but donations are suggested.

Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch

Carpinito Brothers U-Pick Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze kicks off its 25th year on Friday, Sept. 29 and is open for family fun through Oct. 31st. Whether you’re looking for the best and biggest jack o’ lantern you can find, or you can’t wait to hop on the hayride or get lost in the corn maze, you’ll find it all here. Carpinito Brothers offers a unique selection of pumpkins on more than 20 acres of farmland, two different corn mazes, a farm fun yard featuring farm animals and games, hayrides, a produce stand, and delicious treats like kettle corn, roasted sweet corn, lemonade and more. Check their website for admission information.

Getting There with Shuttle Express

Start the fun at your front door and skip traffic and parking hassles. Let Shuttle Express drive! Our private service offers something for everyone – luxury cars and SUVs, large and small coaches, and private vans. We’ve got plenty of room to haul pumpkins back home, too, so make the most of your day trips and family events and book easy, safe transportation with Shuttle Express. Reach us at sales@shuttleexpress.net or call 425-981-7096.


Have fun!

4 intoxicatingly good wineries to visit in Eastern Washington

September 18, 2017 By News Comments Off

Planning a road trip in search of some new wineries? Check out this article published by MyNorthwest.com, featuring four of the best wineries east of the mountains and how to safely get there and back. Enjoy!

When it comes to food and drink, Washington has every reason to “wine.” In fact, the state is the second largest premium wine producer in the country, boasting more than 900 wineries according to Washington State Wine. But if you’re tired of the same-old grape, it might be time to catch a ride off the beaten path. These Eastern Washington wineries offer the perfect reason to indulge in a day trip — just make sure you’re not behind the wheel.

Northstar Winery, Walla Walla

Merlot, anyone? If a dark red is your cup of, well, wine, you’ll feel right at home at Northstar winery Winery in Walla Walla. Founded in the early 1990s, Northstar has a rich history that includes celebrated California winemaker Jed Steele at the helm. Today, Northstar has access to the top 2 percent of Columbia and Walla Walla Valley’s finest merlot grapes. A visit to the Northstar tasting room is one you’ll remember, and it’s available seven days a week. If merlot isn’t your thing, you’ll also find a good assortment of cabernets and red and white blends. For more information, check out Northstar Winery.

L’Ecole, Lowden

Wine novices, take note: L’Ecole is happy to have you in school. In fact, the Lowden winery is as charming to look at as its wine is to taste, thanks to its iconic schoolhouse. Now the home of the bustling winery, the historic Frenchtown School located just west of Walla Walla is the focal point of L’Ecole’s wine labels. Following in the French tradition, L’Ecole prides itself on creating “reliable, superior quality wines that are crafted for richness and complexity, vintage after vintage” according to the winery’s website. Stop by to taste wines from the Walla Walla and Columbia valleys, including chardonnay, cabernet, Semillon and Malbec. For more information, visit L’Ecole’s website.

Badger Mountain Vineyard, Kennewick

Environmentally conscious wine enthusiasts, take note: Badger Mountain Vineyard offers great wine that both you and the earth will love. The first certified organic winegrape vineyard in Washington State, Badger Mountain Wines has been producing high-quality, organic wines since before it was trendy. The 80-acre estate owes its volcanic soil and an ideal climate to its line of rich and diverse wines. Your tasting might include anything from Riesling to chardonnay to pinot noir, cabernet or merlot. The tasting menu changes monthly, so there’s always something new and interesting (and of course, organic) to try. Find out more at Badger Mountain Vineyard.

Bookwalter Wines, Richland

Need some entertainment with that wine? Bookwalter Winery might just become your happy place. Complemented by live music on weekend evenings, a trip to the Bookwalter tasting room means enjoying a wide assortment of wines, including reds, whites and rosés – in an award-winning environment. In fact, the winery’s flagship tasting room in Richland was named one of the best tasting rooms in the United States by Sunset Magazine. One of Washington’s oldest wineries, you’ll want to grab a couple bottles of this boutique wine to enjoy at home. For more information, check out Bookwalter Wines.

Getting there

A skip over the cascades to the wine-rich country of Eastern Washington is no sweat — when you’re not driving. Stay safe and keep the fun (and wine) flowing with an easy ride from Shuttle Express. Offering full coach service for groups of 14 to 55, or private, comfortable black car service for smaller parties, there’s no easier way to enjoy Washington’s premier wine country. Find out more at shuttleexpress.com.

Book it! Track it! APP IT!

Book fast, ride easy with our new Shuttle Express app

Need safe, on-time private car service? We just launched our new app that will make booking your black car service that much easier. Just book on our Shuttle Express app, then sit back and enjoy the ride!


How It Works

  • Book your private black car, SUV, or exclusive van in seconds to anywhere in Puget Sound
  • Track your trip
  • Get fare and driver info
  • Save trip details in your profile to make booking future rides that much quicker


What About Shared Shuttles and Coaches?

You’ll soon be able to book your Share Ride service on the app, but for now, book shared shuttles at shuttleexpress.com, then once it’s booked you can track your share ride trip on the app, too.

For our 14-, 28- and 55-passenger coach service, call our office at 425-981-7096 for personalized, helpful service.

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Shuttle Express Car Service: Safe, Easy, Comfortable

  • Book and track your car service on our new APP, quickly and easily.
  • We get you to your meeting, event, or party and back home again, safely and worry-free
  • Chauffeurs are drug tested and fully insured for your safety and peace of mind
  • Shuttle Express offers black car/limousine service and private charters to get you there, safely and on time

So, let Shuttle Express take care of the driving, traffic, and parking hassles–download our new app now! Questions? We can help. Contact us at sales@shuttleexpress.net or call 425-981-7000.

5 Hot Spots for a Hot Summer Party

August 22, 2017 By News Comments Off

Our partners at MyNorthwest.com published this helpful article on finding the hottest place in town for the coolest summer fun. Visit them all with safe, relaxed transportation by Shuttle Express!

When the sunshine hits the Pacific Northwest, you know it’s time to party. But planning a unique, memorable get-together can be intimidating. These five venues will delight your friends and family and, combined with a reliable shuttle service, make party planning easy as a summer breeze.

Cheney Stadium

Nothing says summer fun like an afternoon – or entire day – at the ball park. And Cheney Stadium is the perfect way to avoid the MLB crowds and celebrate with local baseball’s most tried-and-true fans. The home of the Tacoma Rainiers, Cheney Stadium is a fun, easy way to gather friends and family for a summertime celebration, complete with hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and, of course, the Pacific Northwest’s best beer, wine and hard lemonades and ciders. With a lineup like that, make sure you’re not sweating the drive home by scheduling your party bus or black car service in advance.

Whirlyball Seattle

Chuck E. Cheese’s might not be your scene, but if you think the whole “eat-drink-play” model should be open to adults, too, WhirlyBall is here with you. This down-to-earth venue is a party in itself, and it’s perfect for anyone young at heart. Located in Edmonds, WhirlyBall is a hybrid of bumper cars, lacrosse and basketball, and more competitive than all three combined. With a selection of food and drinks available – including pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs, domestic and imported beers and wine by the glass – this is the spot for an upbeat corporate party, family reunion, birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party. Reserve some transportation to get everyone home safely, and you’ve got a party.

Lucky Strike

Call it old fashioned, but there’s nothing quite like a night at the bowling alley with good friends. Of course, if it’s been awhile since you’ve hit the lanes, you might assume bowling involves polyester shirts, soggy nachos and foul-smelling rental shoes. Not so at Lucky Strike, where the ambience is upscale and epicurean. Located in Bellevue, Lucky Strike offers luxe leather seating, handcrafted cocktails and chef’s specialties – oh, and bowling. Reserve the premium Luxe Lounge and you’ll get four private lanes, a dedicated bar and a large entertainment screen. That’s called a party.

Bellevue Zip Tour

It’s hard to comprehend the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, but seeing is believing, especially from high above the areas lush green trees. The Bellevue Zip Tour is a way to celebrate nature and any special occasion. This weekend tour lets you soar through 6.5 zip lines and walk across two bridges above beautiful Bellevue. Tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are open to ages 9 and up. Pro tip: after an adventurous day in nature, make your trip home relaxing with personal shuttle service.

Waterways Cruises

There’s nothing like summer in Seattle, and you can experience the season’s best with Waterways Cruises. Admire the beauty of Seattle’s lakes and the spectacular Puget Sound from a small private yacht or large entertainment charter. With a wealth of options, you can choose a cruise to suit your needs and party size, from wine-tasting or brunch excursions to private receptions complete with gourmet buffets. Keep your party safe and stress-free with coach or black car service to your port in Seattle or Kirkland.

Getting there

When it comes to planning the perfect party, don’t stress the details, like transportation, parking and designated drivers. Relax and let your fellow partygoers do the same with Shuttle Express, which provides coach service for 14-55 passengers, or luxurious black car service (in sedans, SUVs or limos) for parties of 2-6.

Celebrate Safely, Washington: Plan Ahead, Plan Your Ride!

Shuttle Express is proud to join forces with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) as part of its Target Zero plan to end highway deaths and serious injuries. The goal? Zero deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers by the year 2030, because even one is too many.

Drunk, Drugs or High, It’s a DUI

Driving drunk or high is the most common factor in deadly and serious traffic accidents in Washington State, according to the WTSC:

  • 25% of drivers in fatal crashes from 2012 to 2014 were drug positive.
  • 19% were impaired by alcohol.
  • 8% of drivers were both impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Because of our commitment to safety and serving our community, Shuttle Express is helping get the word out to “plan ahead, plan your ride” in a special Labor Day promotional campaign aimed at keeping drunk or high drivers off the roads.

How to Celebrate Safely

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can be incredibly costly—add up legal fines, attorney fees, lost work wages because you’re sitting in jail, skyrocketing insurance costs and license issues, not to mention the emotional distress, and you owe a lot of money for that one poor decision.

The best way to celebrate safely? Plan ahead, and plan your ride. If you’re going out with a group of friends, determine who will stay 100% sober and hand over the keys. This could backfire if your designated driver backs out of the deal and indulges, so the safest route is to rely on a professional service:

  • Shuttle Express Black Car Service is available any time for comfortable, reliable sedan, SUV, and limo service for any event.
  • Our professional chauffeurs are drug tested, fully insured, and discreet for your safety and peace of mind.
  • For mid- to large-sized groups, book a 10-passenger van, mini or motor coach.

Shuttle Express is Driving

Make your night out or celebration completely stress-free—leave the driving to us.

  • Book and track your car service on our new APP, quickly and easily.
  • We get you to your event or party and back home again, safely and worry-free.
  • Shuttle Express offers black car/limousine service and private charters whenever you and your friends want to kick back and enjoy yourself without worrying about driving after indulging.

Let Shuttle Express take care of the driving, traffic, and parking hassles! Reach us at our Shuttle Express sales office or call 425-981-7000.


Hack My Commute: Tone Up While Driving

It’s fact of modern life—sitting in your car for hours each week. More than 128 million Americans commute to work, spending an average of just under an hour in their cars each work day instead of doing something more productive. Like moving and exercising.

If this describes you, here are six simple ways to turn that hour sitting behind the wheel into a no-sweat tone-up session. You can easily incorporate these isometric exercises into your daily commute. Isometric exercises contract selected muscles in a stationary position with no movement, making them easy to do for commuters. Benefits of this type of exercise include muscle strengthening, stress relief, and pain relief from arthritis. They may even lower blood pressure.

The following traffic-turned-tone-up routine will work for anyone who sits. Just be smart, stay safe and keep your attention on the road—if you’re not coordinated or these exercises feel unnatural at first, do most of them while sitting in traffic or stopped at red lights.

Commuter’s Workout at the Wheel

Keep your eyes on the road and sit up straight, while trying to “grow an inch” out of your seat by bringing your shoulders back. Lift your head so that your upper spine is in a straight line. Pull your chin back so that your ears are directly in line with your shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds—remember to breathe!

Tummy Tuck
Tighten your abdominal muscles, pulling them back so your belly button moves toward your spine. Then, tighten your upper abs and move your ribcage slightly toward your hips. Hold for at least 10 seconds, then rest for a few seconds. Repeat 10 times or until your muscles reach fatigue. As you get stronger, increase your time you hold your “crunch.”

Oblique Flex
Flex your abdominal muscles while you raise hip, first your right and then your left, as high as it will go. Hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat 10 times on each side. This one is best to do while at a stop light or while parked.

Bottom Crunch
This one’s simple: tighten your tush muscles, hold for about 10 seconds, rest and repeat.

Pelvic Tighten Up
Isolate your pelvic muscles and without using your butt muscles, draw up your pelvic muscles and pull in your navel at the same time.

Arm Toner
Here’s one for every stop light: grip your steering wheel at “9 and 3” and try to push your hands toward each other for several seconds. Rest, then grip the wheel and try to pull your hands away from each other for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 times, or until you’re tired or the light turns green.

Tired of Commuting?

Whether you’re working hard or playing hard, make life easier with transportation by Shuttle Express. Our daily commuter shuttle services take the stress out of getting to and from work, private black car service gets you to your meeting or to Sea-Tac Airport, and our group transportation options get your team from point A to point B, safely, comfortably, and on time. No hassle, no problem.

Choose from mini and motor coaches, sedans, SUVs and limos, and private vans and shuttles. Tell us your needs and our experienced, caring team will find the solution. Reach us at sales@shuttleexpress.net.

Pets on a Plane: An Owner’s Guide for Safe Travels

July 25, 2017 By News, Pets, Travel Comments Off

Traveling with our pets can be stress-free and enjoyable—or not. If air travel with a furry companion is in your future, check out our helpful advice, plus links to resources to help make the trip safe, secure, and fun for both you and your pet.

Do Your Homework

  • Before booking your airline ticket, check on your airline’s specific policies. Each carrier has its own rules, so pay attention to any pet-related requirements.
  • Choose a pet-friendly hotel and ask them about any rules or restrictions before you book. Here’s a great resource that lists hotel chains that roll out the welcome mat for your pet!
  • Choose pet-friendly airport transportation. Getting to the airport is easy with Shuttle Express, and we welcome our guests’ pets! Please let us know you have a pet traveling with you when you book. We ask that you observe a few guidelines listed in our FAQ’s to ensure the comfort and safety of our other passengers.Small pets are welcomed when in an appropriate pet carrier that can fit at your feet in our vehicle. If your pet carrier does not fit at your feet, your pet in the carrier can be placed in the back with the luggage and will count as one of your checked pieces. If you have a large kennel, you can book a private van. Exceptions include properly harnessed or leashed service animals, including seeing eye, hearing impaired, and certified search dogs, that will lie at the owner’s feet.

Prepare Your Pet for Travel

Get your pet checked out with your vet before your trip–ensure all vaccinations are current and get a health certificate dated within 10 days of your departure. Ask your vet about ways to relax your pet during the flight if your pet becomes anxious or frightened. For travel outside of the continental US, contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for complete details.

Pack a travel kit for your pet, including:

  • Health records and vaccination tags (if you have pet insurance, have the contact information handy)
  • Proper ID tag
  • Portable bowl, bottled water, treats, and enough food for the trip
  • Pooper-scooper, hand wipes, and waste bags
  • Favorite pillow or toy

Feed your pet three-to-four hours before the trip, and go outside for a potty break before you leave.

Take Every Precaution on the Flight

Ideally, your pet will relax quietly in a carrier under your airline seat, but if you pet isn’t small enough here are some suggestions adapted from ASPCA to keep your pet safe and secure during the flight.

  • Book a direct flight whenever you can, since this will lessen the chance that your pet’s carrier will be mishandled by baggage personnel during a layover or will be waiting in the plane’s cargo hold too long.
  • Buy a USDA-approved shipping crate that’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably, and is lined with safe bedding material that will absorb accidents.
  • Identify the crate with “Live Animal,” as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet. Also carry a photograph of your pet, or have one saved in your phone.
  • Attach a small pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he or she gets hungry during a layover. Securely close the crate door but don’t lock it. Airline personnel need to be able to open it during an emergency.
  • Tell all airline employees you talk with—on the ground and in the air—that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. If the plane is delayed or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible.

Can’t Take your Pet?

If flying with your pet isn’t possible, you have many options for care. Here are just a few in the greater Seattle area.

  • Hillrose Pet Resort offers pet boarding, daycare and grooming conveniently located near Sea-Tac Airport. Hillrose Pet Resort serves most breeds of dogs, cats, and exotic pets. In this first-class facility, for example, each dog enclosure has a private, indoor, climate-controlled sleeping area. Each dog kennel is connected by a doggy door to a private fully covered exercise area. All areas are cleaned a minimum of 3 times daily.
  • Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5‑star pet sitters and dog walkers if you’d rather your pet stay home, or stay at a pet sitter’s home. Seattle offers a robust list of sitters on this popular site.

Have Fun, Stay Safe

Once you’ve safely arrived, use pet apps to make the trip safer, easier, and more fun. Here are two we like:

  • BringFido lets you explore more than 100,000 places to stay, play, and eat with your dog.
  • Nuzzle is a collar that provides you with the GPS location of your pet constantly. The device features an activity tracker, so you can monitor how much exercise your pet is getting each day.

Need a Ride to Sea-Tac Airport?

If you and your pet need airport service or transportation anywhere in the region, Shuttle Express is here for you. As Seattle’s local airport and private transportation experts for 30 years, our professional, friendly team gets our guests and their pets to their destination, safely and stress-free. Whether it’s driving you to Sea-Tac and back in a sedan or private shuttle, or providing executive transportation in well-appointed charter buses, our experienced, caring team will make it happen. Book online at shuttleexpress.com or connect with us at sales@shuttleexpress.net.

4 Traffic-free Getaways in Washington

Need to get away? Visit these Washington towns for peace, quiet, and plenty of fun.

If you’re dreaming of a lazy summer day without a traffic jam in sight, plan to visit one of these small towns that are within driving distance of Seattle. You’ll find charm and calm with tree-lined streets and gorgeous views. But if things get a little too quiet, check out the family-friendly events, outdoor activities, shopping, and food adventures each has to offer.

Most are easy to get to and are within a few hours’ drive of Seattle. If you are planning a group excursion or would rather not drive, Seattle’s Shuttle Express has options for charter buses and car/van service, too.

Zillah, WA

Located in the Yakima Valley, Zillah is the home of the historic Teapot Dome Gas Station—a perfect photo opp when tooling along First Avenue in this quiet, rural town. The refurbished teapot-shaped gas station was created in 1922 as a visual reminder of the Teapot Dome oil scandal that erupted during the Harding administration in the 1920s. It’s located just off I-82 in a well-maintained city park next to a firefighters’ memorial. After you’ve visited Zillah, explore the nearby Rattlesnake Hills area, which is peppered with outstanding wineries and scenery.

  • Things to do: Visit Teapot Dome Gas Station historical landmark; taste wine and tour cellars at the many wineries near town, including the popular Two Mountain Winery, Dineen Winery, and Cultura Winery.
  • How to get there: From Seattle, Zillah is a two-and-a-half-hour drive via I-90E and I-82E. Don’t feel like driving? Chartered coach service is a great option for groups of up to 55 passengers, with restroom on board the larger coaches and roomy seats. Settle in and enjoy the trip, the wine, and the peace and quiet.

Langley, WA

The quaint little town of Langley on Whidbey Island is a 20-minute ferry trip away, featuring unique and charming bookstores, antiques shops, and clothing boutiques. This small town of just under 1,100 residents offers beautiful views along with its calm vibe.

  • Things to do: Take in the many cultural and art events, such as the Island Shakespeare Festival, the various performing arts, and the art walks
  • How to get there: Just an hour north of Seattle, it’s an easy 15- to 20-minute ferry ride to Whidbey Island via the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.

Packwood, WA

Delve into the heart of volcano country with a trip to Packwood, a remote little town surrounded by forest and just minutes away from Mount Rainier National Park to the north, with Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to the south. Packwood is nature’s playground, offering many activities for the outdoor enthusiast for every season—the perfect setting where you can relax and refresh.

  • Things to do: Visit the national parks nearby and enjoy hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and camping; check out the White Pass Country Historical Museum and see the town’s historical collection of mining and agriculture artifacts. Destination Packwood gives a run-down on the many activities for visitors.
  • How to get there: Packwood is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle via WA 410E. Don’t feel like driving? This road trip is ideal for a day trip for a group or family outing, so charter a coach to fit your group instead of sitting at the wheel. An overnight stay with our charter bus is a great option, too, giving you more time to explore the national parks nearby.

Winthrop, WA

Visit Winthrop and feel as if you’ve time-traveled back to the Old West. Winthrop is located on the North Cascades Scenic Byway in the spectacular Methow Valley, and while at times can get a bit busy during peak season, it’s usually a laid-back town where you can experience more than 120 miles of cross-country ski trails and hiking trails. Not to mention, festivals and cultural events abound here throughout the year.

  • Things to do: Hike, bike, and cross-country ski, depending on the season; visit western-themed storefronts, art galleries, and restaurants; check out the Shafer Historical Museum for a peek into the town’s history; don’t miss the R&B Festival in July.
  • How to get there: Winthrop is about a four-hour drive from Seattle, with several route options, all of which lead to Hwy 20E that takes you into town. Charter a bus for an executive retreat or a group excursion, overnight or for the weekend.

Charter Bus to Anywhere

Shuttle Express offers trusted, safe, and reliable group transportation for business or pleasure, groups large and small. We maintain an expansive fleet of mini and motor coach buses, private vans, sedans, and SUVs, perfect for day trips, overnight excursions, corporate events, family celebrations, and special occasions.

To plan your next charter to the traffic-free spots and beyond, contact our team at sales@shuttleexpress.net or call 425-981-7096.