Travel to Seattle

Updated October 11, 2016

We will have workshops and dancing scheduled mid-to-late afternoon on Sunday.  We recommend that you plan your travel to not leave until Sunday evening or even Monday morning if you can, to take advantage of the full suite of events.

Getting to Seattle

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac, code SEA) is served by all major air carriers, many with direct or single-hop flights.  SeaTac is also the home base for Alaska Airlines, which flies direct between Seattle and many IAGLCWDC member club cities, and it is now a West Coast hub for Delta as well.  If you will be spending additional time in the Northwest beyond the hoedown, you may also want to check options for Portland (3 hours south), Bellingham (90 minutes north), and Vancouver (3 hours north, possibly a good option with a car rental for Canadian attendees).

Check out Kayak or Hipmunk or other online travel sites/apps for good online and smartphone options for air travel shopping.

Amtrak may also be an option for your travel needs, with about a 4-hour trip from Portland or Vancouver and 24 hours from San Francisco.  The Amtrak depot is about a mile from the host hotel.

Bolt Bus runs between Seattle and both Portland and Vancouver, promising direct routes, more leg room, WiFi, and some great rates ($25 or less), with similar trip times to Amtrak.  The Bolt Bus stop is also about a mile from the host hotel.

Getting to the Hotel from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

  • Link Light Rail costs $3.00 each way and is available directly from SeaTac Airport, leaving every 10-15 minutes and takes about 35 minutes.  Exit at University Street Station, and the Renaissance is 5 blocks away (uphill).
  • Bus service varies by time of day and distance you are willing to walk (up to 1/2 mile).  Cost ranges from $2.75 to $5.25 each way, takes about an hour (longer for routes wuth minimal walking), and requires transfers.  See the Metro Trip Planner.
  • Downtown Airporter costs $18 per person and up each way (with a discount for round trips), leaves the airport every 30 minutes, and takes about 50 minutes but goes directly to the hotel.
  • Taxi service costs around $45 (plus tip).  Follow signs from baggage claim — and don’t forget to buckle up!
  • Driving from the South: take exit 164A (Dearborn/James/Madison) off I-5, but stay on the exit ramp to the I-90 bypass.  Take the Madison St./Convention Place exit, and turn left on Madison.  The hotel is at Madison and 6th Ave., right across the freeway.  Please note: parking at the hotel is very limited and not cheap; we do not recommend renting a car just for getting to and from the hoedown.
  • Driving from the North: take exit 165A (James St.) off I-5 and merge onto 6th Ave. Turn left on Cherry St., left on 7th Ave., and then left on Madison St.  The hotel is at Madison and 6th Ave.  Please note: parking at the hotel is limited and not cheap; we do not recommend renting a car just for getting to and from the hoedown.

 Getting Around Seattle

Limited on-site parking is available at the Renaissance Hotel, but it can be expensive and may be limited to hotel guests only.  Affordable surface pay lots are located just a couple blocks away, on the other side of the freeway at 7th & Marion, and some nearby parking garages also have reasonable daytime rates.  To check out available parking options and prices, visit (or download the Best Parking app for your smartphone).  For the evening dances, street parking within a couple blocks from the hotel should be reasonably available, in addition to these lots.

Parking in downtown Seattle’s shopping district and on Capitol Hill can be a challenge on a good night.  Consider using the bus system, carpooling, use a car chare (Car2Go, ReachNow), or taking a taxi or Uber/Lyft.  (Or even walk, if the weather is nice!)  Most locations you want to go to are only a few dollars ride away from each other.

For bus information in Seattle and King County, visit the Metro Transit website.



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