Link train. Credit: Michael Chu/Flickr CC
7. Link Light Rail, Seattle to SeaTac
Seattle’s Link Light Rail connects Northgate to the north with the Angle Lake station, just south of Sea-Tac Airport, with 19 stops along the way. This train presents many opportunities to design your own adventure. Traveling from points south, riders could enjoy an outing to the Chinatown-International District, the Central Library (three blocks from the University Street Station) or other downtown-area adventures, such as Pike Place Market.
From the Northgate station, head south to Columbia City for window shopping and treats, or ride all the way to SeaTac for airplane viewing.
Getting there: Parking near light rail stations is very limited; you will likely need to park in a pay lot or bus it to a station.
Ride and cost: Trains run daily, every 15 minutes or more often at peak times. Adult fares (ages 19 to 64) are $2.25–$3.50, depending on route; youth riders age 18 and younger ride free. Purchase tickets prior to boarding the train, or use your ORCA card.
Link Tacoma: Tacoma is ripe for Link adventures as well. Park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station and take the Tacoma Link Light Rail (for free!) to destinations downtown, such as the Washington State History Museum, another diversion on this list!
Next up: Sounder train
Photo credit: Michael Chu/Flickr CC