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Museum of Flight
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Museum of Flight which includes interior views

Seattle’s long association with Boeing makes it the obvious place to find one of the best attractions dedicated to aviation history in the U.S.

The massive Museum of Flight is located at Boeing Field, just north of Sea-Tac International Airport. This extensive showcase of flight history has displays covering everything from the Wright brothers’ experiments with wings to space exploration.

Take the family for hours of fun exploring six levels of more than 30 vintage planes, plus 120 other examples of aircraft and spacecraft and a hanger-full of flight-related artifacts. Thought-provoking and interactive, the Museum of Flight is educational for all ages and can keep aviation fans busy for at least half a day. Those wanting a brief taster of what the museum has to offer should visit after 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month when admission is free.

Take a ride at the controls of a flight simulator, or sit inside the cockpit of a decommissioned fighter and let your imagination soar. Try out the prototype car-plane, a futuristic invention that was designed to convert from a car to a mini airplane and back again. Air Force veterans will appreciate the Personal Courage exhibit, which honors aircraft from World Wars I and II, and those who flew them.

Other exhibits worthy of special mention include a retired Concorde jet, America’s first presidential Air Force One and the incredible SR-71 Blackbird, the super-secret reconnaissance aircraft developed in the 1960s and capable of a speed of 2,200 miles-per-hour (3,530 kilometers-per-hour). Those with a less-than-encyclopedic knowledge of aircraft should join the guided tours. The more daring can relive history with a biplane ride in an authentically restored aircraft. Suitably warm clothing is provided as part of the trip.

Finish your visit at the Wings Café, which offers great views across the museum complex and Boeing Field. If the Museum of Flight has sparked your interest in aviation, you may also want to take the Boeing Factory Tour in Everett, 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Seattle.

The Museum of Flight is about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of downtown Seattle. There is plenty of free parking on site. A public bus from downtown stops directly outside the museum.

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Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
3 out of 5
Near Othello Station, Seattle, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,088 per night from May 14 to May 14
Located in Brighton, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Lake Washington and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Seward Park. Museum of Flight and Showbox SoDo are also ...
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Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
Brighton Retreat (Walk to Metro)
Brighton Retreat (Walk to Metro)
2.5 out of 5
Near Othello Station, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$1,032 per night from May 10 to May 10
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Rainier Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
Rainier Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
2.5 out of 5
Near Othello Station, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$1,116 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in Brighton, this guesthouse is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Lake Washington and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Seward Park. T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field are also within ...
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Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
Brighton Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
3 out of 5
Near Othello Station, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$1,088 per night from May 14 to May 14
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Brighton Retreat (Walk to Metro)
Brighton Retreat (Walk to Metro)
2.5 out of 5
Near Othello Station, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$1,032 per night from May 10 to May 10
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Rainier Guesthouse (Walk to Metro)
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2.5 out of 5
Near Othello Station, Seattle, WA
The price is NT$1,116 per night from May 10 to May 10
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Stylishly Updated Beacon Hill Gem -- Near I-5 4 Bedroom Home
4 out of 5
6411 Shaffer Ave S, Seattle, WA
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