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PMEL Seattle Visitor Information

PMEL is located on NOAA's Western Regional Center about 30 minutes north of. SeaTac Airport, near the Montlake and University District neighborhoods and the University Village Shopping Center.

Directions to NOAA/PMEL from SeaTac Airport (map)

  1. Follow airport signs to "Freeways North". Take 518 to I-5 North to Seattle.
  2. Exit I-5 at NE 45th Street, exit 169.
  3. Turn right onto NE 45th St. Follow NE 45th St. east through the University District and past the University Village. The street eventually winds north and becomes Sand Point Way NE. Pass Magnuson Park. The entrance to the NOAA Western Reginal Center (WRC) is just north of the park.
  4. At the "NOAA Western Regional Center" sign, turn right onto the campus.
  5. Follow the signs to the guard shack. Parking is free. (Campus map)

Directions from the Silver Cloud Inn to NOAA/PMEL:

  1. Turn right (north) out of the parking lot onto 25th Ave NE.
  2. Turn right onto Blakely.  Blakely will change names as you follow it, just continue on the road.
  3. Turn left at the light onto NE 45th Street.
  4. Continue on NE 45th St, which becomes Sand Point Way NE, for about 2 miles.
  5. The NOAA campus is on your right directly after Magnusson Park.  A guard at the gate will direct you from there.

If you need assistance getting to NOAA/PMEL from other area hotels please contact us using the information on the bottom of this page.

Hints on Seattle Street and Avenue name conventions

  • Streets go East-West
  • Avenues go North-South
  • NOAA NWFSC and PMEL are in the North-East quadrant of Seattle.
  • Quadrant designation always precedes a Street number or name, e.g. NE 45th Street (if the NE comes first, it's always a street and always goes East-West).
  • Quadrant designation always follows an Avenue name, e.g., 25th Ave NE (if the NE comes last, it's always an avenue, and always goes North-South).
The following information does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce:


Sea Tac Shuttle Services: Taxi Services:
  • GrayTop Taxi - 206-282-8222
  • FarWest Taxi - 206-622-1717
  • North End Taxi - 206-363-3333
  • Orange Cab - 206-522-8800
  • Yellow Cabs - 206-622-6500

Government Rate Hotels

Silver Cloud Inn (1 block north of University Village), 5035 25th NE, 1-800-205-6940 or 206-526-5200
University Tower Hotel (University district), 4507 Brooklyn NE, 206-634-2000
Watertown Hotel, 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, 1-866-944-4242 or 206-826-4242
Travelodge (across from Silver Cloud), 4725 25th NE, 1-800-578-7878 or 206-525-4612
Hotel Nexus (Northgate area), 2140 Northgate Way, 206-365-0700 or 1-800-435-0754
University Inn, 4140 Roosevelt Wy NE, 206-632-5055 or 1-800-733-3855
University Motel, 4731 12th Ave NE, 206-522-4724

Campus Cafeteria

Morning Mist Cafe:
(206) 523-3719
M-F 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tourist Ideas and Links

Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce: 206-389-7200
  • Deception Pass - Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Rugged cliffs drop to meet the turbulent waters of Deception Pass. The park is outstanding for breath-taking views, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife. Deception Pass is 2 hours north of Seattle
  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park -The signature tram tour through the 435-acre free-roaming area offers the opportunity to spot different species of animals as they wander through forests, wetlands and meadows. In the core walking-tour area, visitors can get a peek at native wild canines and cats as well as forest and wetland critters. Located about 1 hour south of Seattle
  • Pacific Science Center - Featuring rotating science exhibits, a planetarium with laser matinees and the IMAX theater featuring a screen that is three-and-a-half stories high. Located in Downtown Seattle.
  • Seattle Aquarium- Featuring exhibits on marine life in the Puget Sound including fish, octopi, and marine mammals and other fish throughout the world. Located on the downtown Seattle waterfront.
  • Museum of Flight- Exploring the history of flight and the future. The gallery houses more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft. Located 10 minutes south of Downtown Seattle.
  • Downtown Seattle - Features such as 1) Space Needle - tall needle like structure with revolving restaurant and views of the surrounding area from the top, 2) Pike Place Market - farmers market with lots of crafts, shops, eateries, fresh seafood and produce and fresh flowers, and 3) plenty of shopping opportunities at boutiques and malls.

Other useful links:

Also see PMEL Newport OR (Hatfield Marine Science Center) Visitor Information

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