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    So after some debate, I've decided to plan a trip to Seattle in September. As of now I'm tentatively planning to stay at the Kimpton Alexis hotel. I haven't gotten deep into the itinerary yet, but I had a couple questions to start. Is the train/transit from SeaTac to the hotel feasible, or would I be better off taking an accessible taxi or shuttle (I would be arriving around 9 pm, departing 7 am). I'd like to limit a van rental as much as possible, but my thought is to rent a van the last 2 or 3 days (7 day stay), and visit the coastline (recommendations?), and then since I would have an early departure, I would have the convenience of the van the morning of my return flight.

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    Options for the coast include driving from the Tacoma area out to the Pacific coast (Long Beach, Ocean City, Westport, etc.), then head north and drive around the north end of the Olympic Peninsula including a stop at Hurricane Ridge viewpoint in Olympic National Park. Continue on to Port Townsend, and then take the ferry to Whidbey Island, then head north toward Deception Pass bridge and cross to Fidalgo Island and Anacortes (where my sister lives). Drive to the top of Mt. Erie for a great view here. You can either take the ferry out to the San Juan Islands from there or drive back to the mainland and Highway 5 from Anacortes (at Mt. Vernon), then head south to Seattle again. I would give myself 2-3 days for this trip.

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      #3
      The Klimpton Alexis is south of the University St. Station by about 6 blocks. The monorail is accessible. There are hotels closer to the monorail line, and to the sights most people want to see including Pike St. Market, the Aquarium, etc. The Sheraton is about 2 blocks from the Westlake station, and I have stayed there for events including the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and ASIA meetings, so I know they have accessible rooms.

      (KLD)
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        #4
        Thank you, I appreciate your help! I was thinking more along the lines of a day trip, if possible. My only concern when making it a multiple day trip is the hotel issue (finding no platform beds), but if highly recommended, I would consider doing the legwork. Any rec's on hotels on that route? Is a day trip to Ruby Beach possible (a long day), and is the beach itself (the view of) accessible?

        I imagine the ferry's would accommodate a lowered floor minivan?

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          #5
          May I ask why Seattle? That's my town...or it used to be before the chair. I moved to a smaller city because it is easier to get around. You picked a good time of year. University Street Station is part of the downtown underground transit system of buses and trains...about 4 blocks from the hotel you mentioned. Link to the light rail system... https://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Link-light-rail


          Is it feasible...all depends on you. I don't know your abilities. How are you with hills? This is across the street from the hotel you mentioned. It is not as steep going toward the waterfront I see KLD already responded with many of the highlights. The Hoh rain forest is interesting if you do the Olympic peninsula loop. You can drive on the beaches in Washington at your own risk of course. Lake Quinalt used to have a nice lodge but not sure about accessible rooms. The ferry should not be a problem for a lowered van.
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            #6
            Hi, I've heard great things about Seattle. I use a power chair, so for the most part hills are not an issue.

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              #7
              I love Seattle. It is a great city to visit, and as above, Sept. is a good time to go. Unlikely to have rain, beautiful sunsets, and most of the Alaska cruises are done, so the airfare is usually better than during the summer as well.

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                #8
                There is a great deal of natural beauty but it would require much more time. In the city Fremont is the hippster neighbor hood. The Locks had some ramped walkways but I can't remember the details. Capital Hill is the alternative lifestyle crowd. SoDo and Pioneer Square are still just barely hanging onto there early roots. Alki beach is has a nice view of the city but traffic is a bear. Flight museum has an SR71 on display...or the 747 factory in Everette used to have tours. I have not had the pleasure of visiting South Lake Union yet...edit since the Amazon transformation. Traffic is a pain everywhere you go!
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                  Any insight on Ruby Beach?

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                    It's just south of the Hoh. Is there a hotel there now? Everything is gorgeous all up and down the peninsula coast. These are wilderness areas. Google maps allows you to zoom in. It really does look just like the pictures! But you never see it from the parking lot. I'm used to crawling around and sleeping on the beach. I could never get down there now.
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                      http://exotichikes.com/accessible-ar...national-park/

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                        #12
                        Not sure when that ramp was built but you know what you see in that photo is all there is of it. Trails will be very primitive. I strongly urge anyone who has not driven 101 to do so! I would take every turnout possible...and there are many. For sure do Neah Bay! Car access to the beaches is better south of Moclips. You cant drive from Taholah to Queets that's native land...spectacular. You have to go thru Quinalt.

                        Honestly I love it in winter (it can be unbelievably wet) without the crowds.
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                          Originally posted by landrover View Post
                          So after some debate, I've decided to plan a trip to Seattle in September. As of now I'm tentatively planning to stay at the Kimpton Alexis hotel. I haven't gotten deep into the itinerary yet, but I had a couple questions to start. Is the train/transit from SeaTac to the hotel feasible, or would I be better off taking an accessible taxi or shuttle (I would be arriving around 9 pm, departing 7 am). I'd like to limit a van rental as much as possible, but my thought is to rent a van the last 2 or 3 days (7 day stay), and visit the coastline (recommendations?), and then since I would have an early departure, I would have the convenience of the van the morning of my return flight.
                          We have stayed at that Kimpton and its a great hotel downtown. The hotel is small and a boutique hotel close to the water and Pikes market.

                          Seattle is a city that you can walk or roll around and see a lot no need to waste money renting a van and parking is expensive.


                          I would do the light rail its nice lots to see along the ride and get off at University St stop and your hotel is right in that area.

                          The light rail is on 3rd and your hotel is on 1st take Spring st from 3rd to 1st and you are there!

                          You can walk toward Pikes Market and you have The Great wheel, the aquarium and nice places to eat and drink.

                          Its about a 50 min ride but even at night its ok as you get closer to Seattle more to see.


                          https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Kimp...47.6072464!3e2


                          https://www.seattleaquarium.org/?gcl...waAkeQEALw_wcB
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                            Did you happen to see my private message?

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                              Here is a resource I stumbled onto checking into the Great Wheel. https://wheelchairjimmy.com/seattle/...-space-needle/ I did not realize the wheel was chair friendly. https://wheelchairjimmy.com/seattle/...-space-needle/ Currently tabbed on the Space Needle I have to warn you it is being refitted with glass floors at the restaurant level and the observation level is getting a major remodel improvement too. The news said the restaurant probably would miss the tourist season, but I think they said something about getting the observation deck open. At any rate, by September you shouldn't have an issue there.

                              I never take visitors downtown, but a roundtrip ferry ride is very doable. We've been having whales in the sound, so there is a chance on seeing those. I like to take visitors to Salmon Bay Fisherman's Terminal. The one operatered by the Port of Seattle, (not in Ballard). It is a public facility. As such you can roll onto the dock and observe the boats and talk to the fisherman. https://www.portseattle.org/Commerci...s/default.aspx There was a great fish and chips place there, but I do not know if they are still open. I can check before you come if you are interested. The other favorite of mine is the Chittenden Locks. You can google them too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballard_Locks Incidentally they are close, easily done in the same day.
                              I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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