Alweg Monorail, more commonly known as the Seattle Monorail, was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair.
While it doesn’t stand up next to modern day modes of transportation, it’s a neat relic from days gone by.
The interior is clean and spacious, with lots of windows. While mostly used by tourists today, locals still use it during sporting events and festivals.
The route is short, with the ride between Seattle Center station (next to the Space Needle) and Westlake Center Mall station taking approximately 2 minutes.
It’s a neat way to cover a decent amount of ground in a short amount of time, and links two popular tourist areas for the low price of $2.50 per ride.
Some fun facts about the Seattle Monorail..
Trains depart every 10 minutes during operating hours.
It runs at a top speed of 45 miles per hour.
Both Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon rode the train, although not together.
You can cram 450 people onto the train at once (thankfully it was relatively dead on the day we rode) .. and it can carry the weight of 4.25 adult male elephants. I would love to see a train filled with elephants travelling through downtown Seattle!
Have you ever taken a trip on the Seattle Monorail?