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    Seattle area suggestions

    With the MOA rally in Redmond Oregon next July, I thought I'd offer some suggestions about unique places to experience. I'm sure that others in the area will add to this.

    First, be aware that the largest building in the world is located at Paine Field just south of Everett, WA. It's the Boeing final assembly plant for the big planes such as 747, 767, and 787. I was riding by the building once on highway 526 and I clocked something like 13 seconds at 55 mph, to get from one end of the building to the other. Not too long after that, they expanded it and made it even bigger.

    Boeing has an information center called "The Future of Flight", and also a factory tour that takes you right into the final assembly building and up to a balcony where you can look down on several huge planes being completed. Tours are hourly from 8:30a to 5:30p daily (except holidays) The info center includes stores where you can purchse Boeing memorabilia (want a leather flight jacket?) and a cafeteria. Be aware that you can't bring backpacks, cameras, cell phones, binoculars, etc.

    For information, seasonal pricing, and advance ticket purchases, go to www.futureofflight.org or telephone 800 464-1476. Yes, get tickets in advance if you want to go; this is VERY popular.

    Visitor center location: 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Mukilteo WA (about 30 mi N of Seattle, via I-5 and west on 526.

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    We also make the 777 here at the facility and yes it takes about 20 min to walk from one end to the other. Each large door is the size of a football field, there are about 30,000 employees at the plant, blah, blah, blah you get the picture.

    There is also the Museum of Flight at Boeing field in South Seattle http://www.museumofflight.org/

    If folks want to see Seattle there is also Pikes Market, the Space Needle, Pioneer Square.

    Other things that are a tad South towards the rally are Mt Rainier Ntl. Park http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm and one of my favorites is Mt St Helens park. The road up is (or was) very nice and there are a variety of visitor centers that are very educational http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/

    If you'd like to hit a spectacular road take Hwy 20 over the North Cascades http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/Pass...scades/map.htm and see that National park or do the Cascade scenic loop http://www.cascadeloop.com/index.php

    Don't forget the Olympic Peninsula either. That park has a bunch of fun and interesting things to see and do. http://www.olympic.national-park.com/

    Anyway that's a start for things to see and do.

    What a gel-head, If I had read the Tips to the rally post I wouldn't have bothered with all this oh well... I haven't been on here for a while.
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    For a seriously different activity in Washington State you could try "glamping" (ie., glamorous camping) at Alexandria Nicole vineyards near Prosser. Their website doesn't have all the info available right now as the reservations system is down for a reload...but some of the info and a picture gallery is available at http://www.ancglamping.com/.

    I'm not attending the Rally for the whole time, plan on leaving Seabeck (Hood Canal area west of Seattle) on Thursday. Making a quick pass through Tacoma to get out of traffic, then the backroads via Randle past the east side of Mt St Helens to the Columbia Gorge near Hood River, OR. You're most welcome to tag along if you'd like to see some of our paved back country Forest Service roads...that is if you decide NOT to go glamping!

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    Visitors to Seattle will notice a strange flying saucer over the Seattle Center about a mile north of downtown. This strange vehicle is the Seattle Space Needle, built back for the World's Fair in (1962??) There is an observation deck on top, and a revolving restaurant one floor down. High speed elevators whisk you up the 500+ feet to the top.

    The Space Needle is sort of a Seattle icon, and you might not want to pass up a chance to visit. You can walk around the observation deck and see all around, including Puget Sound, the mountains to east and west, downtown Seattle, the waterfront, Mount Rainier to the south, and so forth.

    Note that the elevator fare is somewhat pricey, and so are full meals at the SN restaurant, which looks out over the same turf, but revolves at one RPM. Here's the hot tip suggested to me by a waiter years ago. I hope it still works:

    Reserve a table at the restaurant for maybe 9pm. The restaurant reservation includes elevator access. At your table, order dessert and Kalua coffee--or whatever modest snack strikes your fancy. They won't be as eager to boost you out, since it's way past dinner hour. When you're through with dessert, climb the stairs up to the observation level and spend as long as you want. The elevator ride down is free.

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    The Museum of Flight is at the southwest corner of Boeing Field, about three miles south of downtown Seattle via Alaska Way, First Avenue, or Fourth Avenue, intersecting with West Marginal Way. Keep on truckin' past Boeing Plant II, and the Museum will be on your left.

    There are a number of airplane oriented exhibits, including the good old days of Boeing on the Duwamish River (Plant I), and some famous planes suspended from the ceiling in the great hall where you enter/exit. There may be additional meetings, temporary exhibits, etc. And there are some big planes parked outside.

    I say this is one of the nation's premier airplane museums, and worth a visit. Figure on at least two hours, preferably three or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeabeckS View Post
    For a seriously different activity in Washington State you could try "glamping" (ie., glamorous camping) at Alexandria Nicole vineyards near Prosser. Their website doesn't have all the info available right now as the reservations system is down for a reload...but some of the info and a picture gallery is available at http://www.ancglamping.com/.

    I'm not attending the Rally for the whole time, plan on leaving Seabeck (Hood Canal area west of Seattle) on Thursday. Making a quick pass through Tacoma to get out of traffic, then the backroads via Randle past the east side of Mt St Helens to the Columbia Gorge near Hood River, OR. You're most welcome to tag along if you'd like to see some of our paved back country Forest Service roads...that is if you decide NOT to go glamping!

    Cheers, Bill J
    I am not sure if I am going to rally from Auburn/enumclaw area but if I have time and weather is good I was going to go south thru windy ridge side of mount st helens and like you along river to hood river. Maybe if circumstances work we could hook up. Iwould be riding a GS and camping all the way if that matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coxengr01 View Post
    I am not sure if I am going to rally from Auburn/enumclaw area but if I have time and weather is good I was going to go south thru windy ridge side of mount st helens and like you along river to hood river. Maybe if circumstances work we could hook up. Iwould be riding a GS and camping all the way if that matters.
    Well, just about the time I really started focusing on making it to this rally...I got an email. Seems the Iowa side of my family decided to have the big family reunion the very same weekend as the rally!

    I only re-connected with my Iowa roots a few years ago, so these reunions are sort of important. Darn! I SO wanted to attend my first ever BMW Moto rally!

    But, perhaps we could hook up for a "back side of St Helens" tour some other time this summer? I don't moto-camp any more, but it would be nice to ride with another Beemer guy down as far as the gorge, I'd sort of planned to make a one-day loop or perhaps do a bigger loop out to the coast with an overnight motel in Astoria or some such place...

    Cheers! Bill J

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