Fly To Seattle, Washington
Seattle might not be blessed with many sunny days, but this rain-soaked city is nonetheless quite beautiful. Nestled between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and guarded by mountain ranges to the east and west, Seattle’s citizens aren’t starved for environmental splendour.
This doesn’t mean its all kayaks and hiking boots though. Seattleites might be environmentally conscious, but they also have a taste for the finer things in life. Sure, the food’s organic, but it’s cooked by world-class chefs. The coffee might come in recycled cups, but it’s good enough to make even the most jaded barista shed a tear. In fact, Seattle’s pretty good at most of what it sets its mind to. Whether its food, art, theatre or music, this multi-talented city will impress with them all.
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Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Seattle, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Seattle is the Consulate-General in Los Angeles. 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, California, 90048. Phone: + 1 323 651 0902. Website: www.link2southafrica.com.
See and do
There’s a lot to see in Seattle, but lucky for you there are also plenty of really great tours available. Favourites include Ride the Ducks Seattle, which takes you around town and on Lake Union in an amphibious vehicle, and Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, which takes you to the subterranean city entombed since the Great Fire and subsequent reconstruction.
There are tours to the Pike Place Market as well, but you can definitely explore this one on your own. The massive indoor-outdoor market houses Seattle’s famous fish-market, the oldest continually-operational farmers’ market in the US, and the original Starbucks Coffee Shop. It’s within walking distance of many of Seattle’s other tourist attractions, so it makes a good place to kick off a day of exploration. Before you head off make sure to grab some coffee beans as a consumable souvenir, or pick up some handicrafts from the artisans’ stalls.
You can walk to a lot of central Seattle attractions, but if you’re heading further out, you may need to use public transport. The most convenient is usually the bus system. Route 99 is free, and goes past a lot of popular attractions. Of course, there’s also light rail, monorail, streetcar, Sound Transit, ferry, and water taxi too. Fares can be paid in cash, but you may want to think about getting an ORCA card if you’re using Sound Transit or light rail regularly.
Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport – SEA
Food and beverage: Alki Bakery, Dilettante Mocha Café, Diva Espresso, Starbucks, and The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
Currency Exchange: Travelex has outlets before and after security, and offer standard exchange services as well as online pre-purchased foreign currency for collection at the airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost and Found office is located in the central part of the Main Terminal, on the Mezzanine Level, Room 6061.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn, Ramada Inn & Suites, Rodeway Inn, Clarion Hotel, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Centre, Radisson, and Ramada Limited Tukwila/SeaTac.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Advantage, Dollar, Enterprise, Thrifty, EZ Rent-A-Car, Fox Rent A Car, Payless, and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (code SEA) is a hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.