This week’s Seattle Weekly has a great article about carless road trips. It has a bunch of nuggets like this (well the monorail would have been nice):

Contrary to what those monorail morons wanted you to believe, getting out to West Seattle couldn’t be easier, on the back of the mighty Metro 54. Hop on it downtown, and it’ll whisk you over the freeway and down the length of Fauntleroy Way. At about the 30-minute mark, you’ll hop off at Lincoln Park, one of Seattle’s best—and not all that heavily used by those outside the neighborhood. Its 135 acres includes five miles of trails, including a stunner that goes all along the point under a canopy of trees; it’s one of the best Puget Sound walks you’re going to find. At the tip of the point is the park’s most famous amenity: an Olympic-size, heated, outdoor, salt-water pool that’s open summer-only. The 54 runs twice an hour on weekends.

When I was a kid, my siblings and I used to bus out to Discovery Park. I think it was the 31 we took with a bit of a walk in at the end. The other option was the 33, I think, from Downtown. When I was in college, we used to go to Vancouver on Amtrak, Greyhound and Quickshuttle. We always had a blast. Have any of you guys done a successful carless road trip?

3 Replies to “Carless Road Trips!”

  1. If it is in Seattle I have probably taken transportation to get there. I am very fortuante in that all my trips usually start out with the 33 route. It is my favorite route not necessarily because it does take me home, but because it also takes you to the coolest part of Seattle, and I am not talking downtown, but Discovery Park rather. It is perhaps one of the coolest parks and has awesome trails, beautiful beach, and a neat lighthouse. It really makes a stressful week go away, by walking on some of the trails. Anyhow, there is my ten cents. My favorite place.

  2. I am a big fan of coming up with crazy bus transfers sans Greyhound/Amtrak. From Seattle, it is possible to get to the San Juan Islands (ST > Skat > Washington Ferries), Vancouver, BC (ST > Skat > Whatcom > walk across the border > Vancouver), Olympia (easy route), and I have even heard rumor of getting to Newport, OR. Still no Portland, from what I hear, due to a gap from Chehalis to Kelso.

  3. I don’t know what the bus number is, but I once managed to take a metro bus to the fall city campground, which is quite a fun little place right on the river for prime floating…

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