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Chapter 4: Enjoy Summer With a Private Jet in the Pacific Northwest

Do you want to combine an ocean breeze with mountain scenery? The Pacific Northwest, which consists of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, has it all, from snow-capped peaks to dramatic coastline. You can access many of the region's natural treasures from its vibrant cities, giving you a chance to enjoy cultural amenities in addition to the great outdoors.

The summer is ideal for visiting the Pacific Northwest because you can expect the least rainfall and blue, sunny skies. The summer is also an excellent time for whale-watching or attending a colorful festival. With many international and regional airports to choose from, you can easily reach the Pacific Northwest on a private jet whenever you're in the mood for this beautiful part of the country.

This chapter helps you plan your Pacific Northwest adventure, taking you to the region's nature-loving cities and sharing ideas of how to spend your time there. If you're seeking the best private jet service to whisk you away to Washington state, Oregon or Idaho, contact GrandView Aviation today.

Can Private Jets Land Anywhere in the Pacific Northwest?

Private jets can land anywhere there's an airport in the Pacific Northwest, whether you want to check out the city or sneak away to a small town. Depending on your budget and preferences, you might charter a private jet to explore several Pacific Northwest destinations in a single trip. You'll work with a flight coordinator to design a vacation that fits your vision and needs.

Visiting Seattle

The Seattle region has a long, rich history tracing back thousands of years when the Suquamish and Duwamish Tribes lived in the area. However, the city itself wasn't established until 1851, when settlers developed a townsite.

In its early days, lumber and coal were Seattle's primary industries. Today, Seattle is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft, and is the 18th most populous city in the county. Built on hills and surrounded by water and mountain ranges, Seattle is loved for its beautiful surroundings and lush green spaces.

Where to Land

You have multiple options when choosing where to land in Seattle. Airports include:

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • King County International Airport
  • Renton Municipal Airport

If you wish to be as close to downtown as possible, choose King County International Airport.

What to Do

Like many Pacific Northwest cities and towns, Seattle presents plenty of opportunities to embrace the outdoors. You'll also have access to unique city amenities and iconic foods, such as the Seattle dog — which includes a smear of cream cheese — and fresh-as-can-get oysters. Things to do in Seattle and the surrounding areas include:

  • Shop and eat at Pike Place Market.
  • Take in panoramic views from the Space Needle.
  • Explore art at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
  • Visit the city's past at the Museum of History and Industry.
  • Go on a food tour.
  • Take a trip to Mount Rainier National Park or Olympic National Park.
  • Stroll through Seattle Japanese Garden.
  • Take a cruise.
  • Hike around Blake Island.
  • Tour wineries in Woodinville.
  • Take a trapeze class.
  • Go skydiving.
  • Relax in a spa.
  • Catch a Seattle Mariners game at T-Mobile Park.
  • Hike at Discovery Park.

Where to Stay

After a day of browsing at Pike Place Market, you'll need a cozy room to rest and recharge. Here are some of Seattle's top hotels:

  • The Edgewater Hotel: The Edgewater Hotel is the city's only over-water hotel, giving guests gorgeous views of the surrounding bay and mountains. It's also where music legends like the Beatles once rested their heads.
  • Fairmont Olympic Hotel: Located close to everything, this glamorous and historic hotel is the perfect base for Seattle sightseeing.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Seattle: The Four Seasons Hotel is located a short walk from Pike Place Market and offers a heated outdoor infinity pool facing Elliot Bay. Choose the Four Seasons if you want to experience the city's top-ranked hotel.
  • Inn at the Market: If you plan to spend a lot of time exploring Seattle's food scene, consider staying at Inn at the Market. This chic hotel is located directly in Pike Place Market, making it easy to sample the city's different flavors. As a bonus, the rooftop deck provides panoramic views of Elliot Bay.

Visiting Boise

Boise, Idaho's largest city, is located in the Treasure Valley at the base of the Boise Mountains. Native Americans inhabited the region for millennia until settlers arrived in the 1800s. In 1862, gold fever hit the region, and its population surged.

Today, Boise is a fast-growing city known for its easy access to outdoor recreation, affordability and low crime rates. Unlike Seattle, which has a temperate climate, Boise has a semi-arid climate and gets much less precipitation, so you can expect clear skies whenever you visit in the summer.

Where to Land

Boise Airport is the closest airfield to downtown, which is the best option if you want the most convenient flight. You could also fly to Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls or McCall Municipal Airport if you wanted to add those places to your itinerary. Or, you could spend your entire vacation in Hailey, Twin Falls or McCall and enjoy Idaho's natural beauty and countless recreational opportunities.

What to Do

Boise is ideal for outdoor lovers who also appreciate city amenities. Here are some fun ways to spend a Boise vacation:

  • Rent a bike and ride the Boise River Greenbelt.
  • Have authentic paella at The Basque Market.
  • Go river rafting or kayaking.
  • Tour Old Idaho Penitentiary State Historic Site.
  • Spend the day at Julia Davis Park, where there's a zoo, gardens and museums.
  • Get close to raptors at the World Center for Birds of Prey.
  • Watch wildlife at Kathryn Albertson Park.
  • Tour the region's wineries.
  • Shop at a local antique mall.
  • Spend the day at a scenic golf course.

Where to Stay 

Boise invites you to enjoy a laid-back Pacific Northwest vacation, offering restful hotels to help you unwind. Boise's highest-rated hotels include:

  • Hotel 43: Hotel 43 is a cozy and modern boutique hotel located downtown. Its top features include complimentary bike rentals, an award-winning steakhouse and the option to stay in a Pure Wellness room. 
  • The Grove Hotel: Connected to Idaho Central Arena, the Grove Hotel is steps away from entertainment venues, restaurants and shops. If you stay at the Grove, enjoy views of downtown and the nearby foothills from the fifth-floor fitness center and spa.
  • Inn at 500 Capitol: If you want to be close to Julia Davis Park, consider staying at Inn at 500 Capitol. This unique hotel provides stylish themed rooms and views of the Boise skyline.

Visiting Portland

Portland is situated where the Willamette River and Columbia River merge. This vibrant city was claimed in 1843 and named following a coin toss two years later. By 1850, Portland consisted of a sawmill, hotel and newspaper press. Today it ranks as one of the best places to live in the country and is known as a creative and bike-friendly destination with tons of green spaces and a thriving food scene.

Portland is worth exploring in itself, but it's also an excellent base for visiting nearby natural attractions. From the city, you can visit beaches on the Oregon coast, hike through the forests surrounding Mount Hood or take in the view of a deep river gorge. But, if you're a food lover, you may not want to leave town at all during your stay. Instead, you can savor each bite as you eat your way through Portland's neighborhoods. 

Where to Land

Getting to Portland is simple as there are multiple airports in and near the city, including:

  • Portland International Airport
  • Portland-Hillsboro Airport
  • Portland-Troutdale Airport
  • Pearson Field

If you want to arrive closest to downtown, opt for Portland International Airport.

What to Do

It can be challenging to plan a Portland vacation because there is so much to see and do in the city and the surrounding region. Here are some ideas:

  • Tour wineries in Willamette Valley.
  • Soak in a saltwater pool, play golf and have lunch at McMenamins Edgefield and Ruby's Spa.
  • Browse Powell's City of Books.
  • Shop at Bridgeport Village.
  • Take a food tour.
  • Explore Forest Park.
  • Get inspired at the Portland Art Museum.
  • Try Voodoo Doughnut at least once.
  • Spend a day wandering Washington Park.
  • Visit the Saturday Market.
  • Hike to the top of Mount Tabor.
  • Take a brewery tour.
  • Photograph waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
  • Find peace at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.
  • Explore art galleries, shops, breweries and restaurants in the Pearl District.
  • Get nostalgic at a roller rink.
  • Watch a race at Portland International Raceway.

Where to Stay

Portland has an abundance of upscale accommodations to enhance your journey. Here are some of the best:

  • The Nines: This luxury hotel set in the heart of downtown offers rooftop views, original artwork in all rooms and four dining options, including modern Asian cuisine and farm-to-table dishes.
  • Hotel deLuxe: Are you a fan of classic cinema? Consider staying at Hotel deLuxe, which was designed to reflect old Hollywood glamour. Here you can enjoy signature cocktails, views of Washington Park and classic film screenings.
  • Sentinel: Sentinel is set in two historic buildings — the former Seward Hotel, built in 1909, and Elks Lodge. Stay here for its elegant architecture and two fine-dining restaurants. 
  • Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel: If you'd enjoy staying right on the Willamette River, consider Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel. This hotel offers elegant and inviting rooms, waterfront views and in-room spa treatments.

Experience the Best Summer Vacation Destinations With GrandView Aviation

If you've been putting off a summer vacation, it's time to move it high on your to-do list. Studies show that taking a break is vital to your well-being, such as this past Gallup study. According to Gallup's research, individuals who make $24,000 or less a year and take regular vacations have greater well-being than those who make five times as much but don't make time to rest and relax. So, whether you're craving sandy beaches, towering mountains or electrifying cities, it's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve.

You can start unwinding the moment you step on board a GrandView Aviation private jet. Our Phenom 300 jets seat up to eight passengers and offer spacious interiors, cozy leather seats and sleek furnishings. We'll ensure you feel comfortable and safe throughout your flight and build our schedule around your needs. Contact us today to learn more about chartering a private jet or request a quote for your dream summer flight.

Thank You

Thank you for downloading our guide to Booking Your Summer Travel Plans. After a long, hectic year, you owe yourself a fun and relaxing summer vacation. One way to travel completely stress-free and with utmost comfort is to charter a private jet. While you could fly first class to enjoy a cozy flight, traveling in a private jet is luxury at its best.

If you're not sure how to begin planning a summer vacation with a private jet, we're excited to help you. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about flying a private jet to your summer getaway, such as:

  • The benefits of flying private
  • How to charter a private jet
  • Which airports private jets use
  • Top destinations to fly to in a private jet

Are you eager to take the next flight to your dream locale? You don't have to wait another moment to start your journey. At GrandView Aviation, we offer on-demand flights from multiple locations in the United States. Contact us now to learn more about our private jet services or request a quote.

Reviewed by: Greg Guenther

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