Visiting the PNW? Make Lynnwood your Home Base

Photo Courtesy of the City of Lynnwood

Sixteen miles north of Seattle, Lynnwood is Snohomish County’s largest retail center, with affordable lodging at 40 percent less than downtown Seattle. Lynnwood offers excellent shopping and dining, golf, an aquatic center, historical attractions and easy access to Seattle, beaches, ferries and outdoor adventure throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Just north of Lynnwood is the Aviation District at Paine Field, home to a must-see collection of aviation attractions. The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is North America’s only publicly available opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant. The Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (FHCAM) hosts a rare private collection of World War II-era aircraft, tanks, combat armor and other technologies, painstakingly restored to working condition and displayed alongside interactive multimedia exhibits like Why War: The Causes of Conflict. FHCAM mechanics are often working on restoration and maintenance as you explore the museum, providing a unique opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the process of bringing historic technology back to life.

There is a lot to do in Lynnwood too. Lynnwood is home to Alderwood mall, the region’s destination shopping center, with more than 175 shops, seven full service restaurants and a 16-screen movie theater. The indoor/outdoor experience at Alderwood provides plenty of options for passing the time and now is the perfect time to book a holiday shopping weekend in Lynnwood. Find something for everyone on your list and after a long day of shopping then relax at a Lynnwood hotel. 

History buffs will enjoy Lynnwood’s historic Heritage Park, a collection of historic buildings from the early 1900s. The Wickers Building, built in 1919, is on the Washington State Historic Registry. It was the first general store and post office for the community and now houses the Visitor Information Center and Wicker’s Museum. The Park is also home to Interurban Car 55, a fully restored single-ended wooden electric rail car and the Northwest Veterans Museum. You can pick up a self-guided walking tour of the Park at any of the park’s buildings or arrange for a guided tour. 

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