Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Travel Guide

Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Sights

Institute of Flight

  • 8415 Paine Field Blvd. Map It
  • Mukilteo
  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/05/2016

Fodor's Review

This facility showcases the Boeing Everett line (747, 777, and 787), and the 98-acre site holds the world's largest building—so big that it often creates its own weather system inside. You can see planes in various stages of production on a 90-minute tour of the Boeing factory and spend time in the Boeing Centennial Exhibit, with cutaways of airplane fuselages, exhibits on the inner workings of navigation and hydraulic systems, and interactive exhibits that let you design your own commercial airliner. There's also a café, a kid-oriented family zone, and a number of other exhibit areas, and from the Strato Deck atop the building, you're treated to views of test flights taking off and landing as well as impressive views of the surrounding mountains and Puget Sound. Note that no purses, backpacks, cameras, cell phones, or children under 48 inches tall are permitted on the factory tour (free lockers are provided); they are allowed on the Strato Deck and in the Centennial Exhibit. Reserving tour tickets a day in advance is recommended if you need a specific tour time, but same-day tickets are always available.

Sight Information

Address:

8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, Washington, 98204, USA

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Phone:

425-438–8100; 888-467–4777

Sight Details:

  • $25

Published 04/05/2016

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