Moving from San Antonio, TX to Seattle, WA

Moving from San Antonio, TX to Seattle, WA

Sometimes in life you need a change, even if it means leaving behind the 1.3 million Texans you’ve come to call friends, family, and neighbors. While Seattle has only a fraction of that population, it stands its ground sizably as the largest city on the West Coast above San Francisco, with 620,778 residents and counting. Of course, there are many other things that make Seattle significant, even if everything isn’t bigger in Washington. Take the isthmus it’s located on, or the bordering Puget Sound and Lake Washington. What about the blanket of evergreens that seems to swallow the city in glistening emeralds, or the breathtaking views of mountains, Cascade and Olympic, to the east and west respectively? Combine that with the people, cityscape, and tastes of the town and you’ll be saying “Hello Seattle” in no time!

The trek from San Antonio to Seattle

  • Only 2,159 miles to go, and once you tough it through the meaty lower half of Texas there’s only five states left to go before reaching the heart of Washington. 33 hours…go!
  • Everyone wants a safe, speedy trip, but when presented with the opportunity to travel it’s OK to stop and smell the roses. Try it out in Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Boise or Yakima!
  • KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque is the city’s most famous landmark, and Zion National Park in Salt Lake City features Zion Canyon, offering gorgeous views at sunset.
  • The Discovery Center of Idaho is Boise’s interactive science museum that’s fun for all ages, or there’s Yakima Valley Museum for anyone seeking a better natural history of WA!   

The weather in Seattle

  • Upon arrival in Seattle, you will first notice the change in weather from that of San Antonio. Here we have an oceanic or temperate marine climate with quite a lot of rain.
  • What’s funny is that Seattle’s yearly precipitation surpasses San Antonio’s by only five inches, making for 37 inches of rainfall. The rain is exaggerated, but it is also increasing.
  • Summers are cool thanks to ocean breezes, and average high temperatures tend to top out at 75 F. Winters are cool as well, but remain wetter at 35 F on average.
  • You’ll be glad to know that, not unlike San Antonio, it hardly ever snows here. If it does happen to flurry, the most it will ever amount to is six inches per year, evenly spread out.   

Public transit in Seattle

  • Aside from rush-hour traffic on the freeways, navigating Seattle by means of a personal vehicle is not a hassle. That said there are many instances when public transit is a go-to.
  • Metro Transit can be a lifesaver if your bus is on time, particularly with its featured web trip planner. Plus, the buses range from electric to hybrid to diesel and are just $2.50 per person.
  • Sound Transit features several convenient express routes traveling South to Tacoma, East to Redmond and Bellevue, and North to Bothell and Everett. They run all day for $2.50.
  • Besides Link Light Rail and the Sounder, South Lake Union Streetcar, Seattle Central Monorail and King County Water Taxi are at your disposal when trekking The Emerald City!   

Education in Seattle

  • Seattle Public Schools is the largest school district in Washington. It serves the city as the sole district, operating 92 schools and enrolling more than 47,000 students.
  • The district operates 58 elementary schools, 10 K-8 schools, 10 middle schools, 14 high schools, as well as five private Catholic high schools, one Lutheran, and six secular.
  • The University of Washington, Seattle University, City University, Antioch University, Seattle Central Community College and Pratt Fine Arts Center are a few home institutions!

Dining and entertainment in Seattle

  • Seattle is a melting pot for cultures when it comes to food, and there’s so much to see that for the first couple of weeks you’ll feel largely like a tourist, but that’s half the fun!
  • Authentic Thai food doesn’t come in waves, but in ripples—luckily there’s Pestle Rock! Try the crab-fried rice! Paseo has you covered on sandwiches, like the Midnight Cuban Press!
  • At Art of The Table, prepare yourself. Emotions will run high as your endure the many courses, each more flavorful than the last. Plan a wine pairing & try the charcuterie plate!
  • The Space Needle is iconic—ride to the top for an unforgettable view! Take a trip with Argosy Cruises, or visit the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center!
  • Visit Seattle’s Central Library for an unmatched library experience, or see Art Deco at its finest with Smith Tower. The city is peppered with parks, and Woodland Park Zoo is $15.

Have fun moving from San Antonio to Seattle, “The City of Flowers”!

U-Pack specializes in long-distance moves. With a nationwide network of service centers, we can transport your belongings practically anywhere in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within about a week. All you have to do is pack and load, and we’ll take care of the driving!