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SeaTac [5] is a city in southern King County. Its name is a portmanteau of its larger neighbors: Seattle to the north, and Tacoma to the south.


Most visitors will only visit SeaTac for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport [6], itself nicknamed Sea-Tac – the city named itself for the airport. Outside of the airport and its surrounding bevy of related businesses, including the corporate HQ of Alaska Airlines, there's little to attract tourists, although business travelers may appreciate the cluster of hotels close to the airport.

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By car[edit]

From I-5, take Exit 154B (SR-518) for the airport. The same interchange connects to I-405's southern end.

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The region's sole light rail line terminates at the airport. SeaTac/Airport Station [7] also connects to a passenger pickup/dropoff just east of the airport, on the east side of International Boulevard at S. 176th St. The only parking at this station is in the airport parking garage. The line travels north through Tukwila to Seattle, reaching downtown in just over half an hour. The fare varies by distance traveled, topping out at $2.75.

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  • Copperleaf Restaurant, 18525 36th Avenue South, SeaTac, WA 98188, (206) 214-4282, [1]. Lunch daily from 11:30 AM – 2 PM; Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 – 6:30 PM; Dinner daily from 5:30 – 9:30 PM. Fresh farm-to-table local and regional bounty for lunch and dinner.  edit
  • El Charro Mexican Restaurant, 15838 Tukwila International Boulevard SeaTac, WA 98188-2648, (206) 241-9412, [2]. Monday - Thursday from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm; Friday from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Saturday from 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Sunday from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Happy Hour: Monday through Friday 3pm-6pm. El Charro is a Family-Owned-And-Operated Authentic Mexican Restaurant that has been in business since 1981.  edit
  • Sharp's Roasthouse, 18427 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA 98188, (206) 241-5744, [3]. 11:00am - midnight. Just down the road from the aiport, Sharp's is a tasty welcome after a long flight. Definitely try the maple cornbread.  edit

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Tukwila, immediately to the north, also hosts several hotels and offsite airport parking.

  • Radisson Hotel Gateway Seattle-Tacoma Airport, 18118 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188, (206) 244-6666, [4]. checkin: 3pm; checkout: noon. Nice accomodations, friendly staff, and reasonable rates. It's also conveniently located across the street from the airport.  edit


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Routes through SeaTac
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