Seattle

Seatle at night.

The promised city

The home of Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft and Starbucks, and the setting for Free Willy, Seattle is one of the most popular American travel destinations. It’s a city that sings, lively, cultural, and proud of its heroes and legacy. Seattle’s natural environment is still the scene for unexpected encounters with bald-headed eagles; whale watching is also an option, and for nature lovers the dormant volcanoes and the parks make an unforgettable experience.

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Top Highlights in Seattle

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Bellevue Botanical Garden
Attraction
5.0
53 acres of perennial gardens
Bellevue Square
Shopping
4.5
One of the best malls in the country
Center for Wooden Boats
Museum
4.6
A collection of wooden boats
Japanese Garden
Attraction
4.0
Landscaping beauty with tradition
Nordic Heritage Museum
Museum
4.0
A neighborhood museum celebrating Scandinavia
Olympic Sculpture Park
Attraction
5.0
A 9 acre hillside of sculptures
Pike Place Market
Shopping
5.0
A National Historic District
Seattle Aquarium
Attraction
5.0
Discover the amazing Puget Sound water world
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
Art Gallery
5.0
Where the Hammering Man by Jonathon Borofsky greets visitors
Seattle Center
Entertainment
5.0
74-acre cultural center and amusement park
Starbucks Center  Rear view from the corner of Utah Ave. S. & S. Lander St.
Attraction
4.0
Starbucks world headquarters
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Neighborhoods in Seattle

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Ballard

Fishing and outdoorsy fun
Hiram M Chittenden Locks
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Ballard is most associated with the famous Hiram M Chittenden Locks, is a largely residential area also noted for such Greenlake and other outdoor wonderlands. A sure bet for outdoorsy activities, this part of town does have some worthwhile cultural high spots including; Seattle Metaphysical Library, the Nordic Heritage Museum, as well as events like the Ballard Jazz Festival. Be sure and visit Fisherman’s Terminal for some of the best fresh crabs and seafood in the state.

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Capitol Hill

A quiet residential recluse full of parks
Black Sun sculpture in front of Seattle Asian Art Museum
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Capitol Hill, including the Central District, is situated just East of Downtown, a primarily residential and traditional center of Seattle’s African-American community. Besides the quiet neighborhoods in this area like Madison Park, this part of town is noted for some super parks such as; Cal Anderson Park, Volunteer Park, and Washington Park Arboretum. You’ll also enjoy showing the whole family the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Museum of the Mysterie.

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Downtown

For commercial and retail use mostly
Downtown
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Situated in between Elliott Bay, Pioneer Square, Queen Anne, and Capitol Hill, the Downtown neighborhood of Seattle is where you’ll find most of the city’s commercial and retail action. While visting this bustling part of town you’ll want to take in places like; the Central Library, Paramount Theater, Pike Place Market, as well as some of the best places to dine and people watch. Be sure and enjoy Bay Pavilion on Pier 57, as well as shopping at Pike Place Market, just for starters.

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Fremont - Wallingford

Quirky to say the least
The Freemont Solstice Parade
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Fremont - Wallingford is Seattle’s most active arts community. Quirky in the extreme, this bohemian-like neighborhood also plays host to some notable corporate tenants like Adobe Systems, and some others. The area is most famous for the Fremont Solstice Parade held yearly, as well as for the strange works of art lingering about. The Fremont Troll, Gas Works Park, and especially the Fremont Rocket from back in the 50’s retro flavor, are attractions no visitor will soon forget.

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Queen Anne

Space Needles and the upper crust of Seattle
The Space Needle Seattle Center
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Queen Anne, including the are of West Lake Union, sits just Northwest of Downtown. A massive mixed use district, the area is most famous for the famed Space Needle and Seattle Center, but serves as one of the fastest growing residential districts as well these days. The city’s wealthy residents cotton to Magnolia, and Interbay, and everything in between is commercialized in some way. Expect to find many of Seattle’s best restaurants, shopping spots, and excellent entertainment attractions.

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University District

Home of the University of Washington
The Quad
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The University District (U-District), is so named for being home to the University of Washington. Mostly residential, the neighborhood bears an unmistakable student influence. Book shops, trendy cafes, and all the trappings of college oriented life are here. Expect one of the most beautiful University campuses in the United States and touristy sites like; the Burke Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and Magnuson Park, among the many others. Needless to say, there are plenty of pubs and bars too.

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