Though Paul is correct that traffic on I-5 has become horrendous, I would think that leaving early enough on a Sunday morning would make the trip manageable. I've also taken the Amtrak train from Portland as far north as Olympia, and the trip was very pleasant - no worries about traffic - and the station is within walking distance of the ARSC hotel (though I wouldn't recommend the walk at night). If you missed the Seattle ARSC conference, I would say it is worth the trip, and if you fly home from Sea-Tac you'll have more flight options. Since you don't have much extra time, I would stay in the immediate downtown area, where you can walk to the waterfront, find great restaurants and museums, take the monorail over to Seattle Center, and perhaps even take a ferry across to Bainbridge Island if the weather is decent (you don't even need to depart, just do a quick roundtrip for the views). I've done all of this within the time frame you specify.
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Subject: Re: Portland and Seattle perhaps
I would stay in Portland. Getting to Seattle on a Sunday, you'll likely find all kinds of backups on the highway (unless you're coming by train or plane.) It becomes a 3-5 hour trip one way- sometimes more; so you'd be spending much of your time on the road...not seeing sites. (coming from south of Tacoma, it once took me two hours just to get through Tacoma on my way to my granddaughter's recital.) New construction has helped somewhat now.
You could probably spend a full day at Powell's books there in Portland.
There are a number of contemporary art galleries in Portland:
There are many junk shops and thrift stores also in and near Portland:
I'm not sure where these public archives reside, but you can search many from here: https://sos.oregon.gov/archives/pages/records.aspx
lots of private archives can be found using the search string "private archives in Portland, OR"
On 3/3/2019 7:41 AM, Dr Rainer E. Lotz wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I shall attend the conference, and have a post-conference leisure
> time: *Sunday 12 May to Monday 13 May*.
> Have never been to *Seattle *and consider driving up there early in
> the morning and spend two days sightseeing.
> Any suggestions?
> *My interests* are: contemporary art, gourmet food and wine, private
> or public record archives, scenery and junkshopping.
> Or should I rather stay on in Portland and explore the closer
> At any rate: look forward to seeing you there!