But one of the most beautiful locales is our WA Weekend destination:
But what does a football game have to do with travel, you are probably asking yourself. Well, quite a bit in Seattle, home of the University of Washington Huskies. It's impact on roadways before and after games, hotel availability on game day, boat traffic, and restaurant is major.
|Looking east over Lake Washington (boaters anchor for the game) and Mt. Rainier|
The football stadium at the eastside of the campus, sits on the Seattle shore of Lake Washington. It provides fans postcard perfect views of the adjacent lake, Kirkland and Bellevue to the east and Mount Rainier, to the southeast.
|Boaters bring a new definition to 'tailgating' pre- and post-game celebrations|
Fans, alumni, students and those supporting the visiting teams -- some 70,000 of them -- flock by bus, car, boat and RV to Husky Stadium. Hotels fill quickly on home game weekends and accommodation prices can soar. Last weekend’s season opener commanded hotel rates of more than $260 a night in some places.
|Tour boats pictured center and to the right at 'Husky Harbor'|
While many fans opt to arrive at the stadium by boat, some tying up at the dock or anchoring in “Husky Harbor” as we showed you above, others bring their recreational vehicles and set up ‘tailgating’ pre-game parties that start hours before kick-off. The RV above has been 'a regular' for decades. Most are like this one: decor - purple and gold from top to bottom!
Still others set up grills, chairs and tents throughout the parking and lawn areas near the lake, like those pictured to the left.
|University of Washington's Husky Stadium Re-opening 2013|
The stadium re-opened last weekend following a $280 million remodel and refurbishing . The resulting stadium is so impressive that representatives of the construction crew (pictured on the new whiz-bang scoreboard/video screen) formed the on-field tunnel through which the team emerged from the locker room.
The crowd went nuts for the construction crew and the crescendo built for the team's appearance. One of the best traditions of the games here is the unfurling of the American flag and singing of the National Anthem.
The atmosphere before, during and after the game was electric – think Mardi Gras in New Orleans or New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
And the best part was, our un-ranked Huskies blew out the ranked Boise (Idaho) Broncos. (As of this writing, the Huskies are now #20!)
"Go Dawgs!" as they say at Husky Harbor!
If You Go:
Husky tickets: Schedules and ticket information can be found at www.GoHuskies.com
Seattle lodging: www.visitseattle.org
Getting to the Game: Your hotel will be able to tell you the options available for getting to the game from their location. Ask the concierge about tour boat. One of the easiest ways to get to the game is aboard one of the several special shuttle buses operated by Metro. A $5 round-trip ticket will get you to the game and back to your starting point. For information: http://www.huskystadium.com/2013-game-day/transportation
Thanks for spending time with us today. Have a great weekend! See you back here next week~