We're going to be in Seattle on July 4 and 5. I lived there in the late 80's (went to UW), but haven't been back in over 20 years -- so I'd love some advice. Figured we'd take light rail from the airport on 7/3 and stay at the downtown Hilton on 6th Ave. (we're using Hilton points). Here are some questions:
Will Pike Place and restaurants be open on July 4th?
If we walk on to the Bainbridge Island ferry, will there be restaurants and things on the other side? There used to not be much within walking distance. It would be fun to have dinner and then enjoy the ride back after dark.
If we come back after dark, is it safe to walk back to our hotel from the ferry terminal? If not, do taxis wait close by?
I thought we could rent a car downtown on July 5th and drive to Mt. Rainier. Hope it's a pretty day!