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May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

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May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

Need advice, please. Flight to Seattle arriving AM May 11 and departing "noon-ish" May 14. Am traveling solo and thinking of the train from Seattle to Whistler Saturday, coming back Sunday .... just to sightsee. Would that kind of scenic travel be crazy? Or would it be worth the views to go one day and come back the next? Any other suggestions?

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1. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

Are you just planning to go to Whistler or do you want to go into Vancover?

Personally, for such a short period of time in the Seattle area I would just explore the city and surrounding areas.

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2. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

Not really a city person... looking at the train option for the views and heard that Whistler Village is a cool place.

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3. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

For your own sake, do some research. You really don't know enough about Seattle, Whistler, or the PNW in general, to ask this question, much less plan a satisfying trip.

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4. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

There is no more train to Whistler except for a short stop on a 3 day tour.

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A short trip to Vancouver and Whistler could be nice; you can still take a coach from there to Whistler. But fly to Van for that, not Seattle.

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5. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

You can buy an Amtrak ticket from Seattle to Whistler the ones in Vancouver you transferred to a bus for the balance of the trip. That being said you'll probably spend five to six hours and Transit so you'll get to Whistler so late in the afternoon you won't be seeing much. It would be great if you could spend the day or so there and not just for an overnight

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6. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

I have been to Whistler at least 25 times mainly to ski but also in the summer. May is a little early so not sure how the weather will be.

I agree with the post that you do not have time to go. It is a ways away especially with the border slowing things down.

If you want to see mountains you could take a bus tour out of Seattle to Leavenworth or head up to Snoqualmie falls for scenery.

Have fun but don't try to do too much. We have tons of traffic in the whole area not just the city so it takes time to do things

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7. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

Agree with all of the feedback above. Particularly if trying to travel from Seattle to Whistler.

We've done plenty of "all driving" quick trips simply to see something we might not otherwise ever see again. Having said that, Christy is spot on with the fly to Vancouver instead advice - if the drive to Whistler is your main intent. The drive from Seattle to Vancouver at that time of year adds only hours & plenty of traffic frustration. And the train trip - although scenic (travels along the Sound for a good portion of the trip) - isn't worth it for all of the logistical concerns it will create for you as you look to complete your trip from Vancouver to Whistler and back to Seattle.

If you can wrangle another day or two to stay in Whistler - there's SO much to do and see in the area. You'd miss so much by simply driving up and back. But then again, the drive is very scenic - particularly at that time of year (before much of the snow melts off of the lower peaks).

In short - it's certainly do-able. But you can significantly improve your enjoyment by eliminating the Seattle part of the trip. If it's already baked-in, due to commitments already made - I'd seriously reconsider and drive instead to one of the very scenic areas of Western Washington (Mt. Rainier, St. Helens, into the northern Cascades area, etc.).

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8. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

I think it doesn't sound like the best idea ever, because of the long distance and short time frame.

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9. Re: May 2018 - ? Seattle to Whistler

If you're not a city person, don't go to a city. Seattle is not a large intimidating city like NYC or Chicago. Seattle and environs is a wonderful place to explore. The people are great and in May they will be busting out of their cabin fever. Visit the neighborhoods, take a ferry to Bainbridge, visit Swedish Ballard, Yuppie Belltown, Queen Ann, Pioneer Square, International District...

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