Seattle is surrounded by dynamic natural scenery of the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by forests and lakes, the city of Seattle offers up a plethora of outdoor activity and city life. The mid point of the city is the financial district, facing the ocean and the malls. The neighborhoods of Pioneer Square and Belltown are also part of this central location, and are well in tune to public transportation. This is a good area to stay.
Smith Tower resides in the old town, Nordstrom and Union Square houses luxury footwear and all the latest apparel and accessories. For the culturally minded take a peek at Central Library and the Art Museum. These are but a few of the attractions that await you in Seattle’s center.
One landmark of course that is unmistakable is that of the space needle, you can hang out and eat lunch in this place more than 150 feet off the ground. This is all within your reach at the iconic Sky City, a revolving restaurant inside the Space Needle itself.
Busting at the seams with art and history Seattle is the place to see museums and artistic thought come to life. Seattle is a place for outdoor activities (take a walk through Pike Pace Market), and to browse original pieces of Americana (browse old downtown’s art galleries and bookstores). This neighborhood is the epicenter of life here and is also one of the best locations to stay in.
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Just north of Virginia Street and stretching from Elliot Bay to Sixth Avenue, Belltown is a very hip area with flashy night clubs, trendy restaurants and boutiques. Belltown has changed a lot since the days of Kurt Cobain and grunge in the early 1990’s but some vestiges of that past remain. Belltown is still a great music venue for up and coming independent artists. There are still punk rock record shops and even a gallery that celebrates urban street art.
Some of the regular top draws of Belltown are the Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, and the Seattle Central Library. The Sculpture Park is fantastic and huge! It consists of 9 acres of land in addition to an outdoor extension of the Seattle Art Museum. The Seattle Aquarium has many exciting wildlife features, a crowd favorite here are the sea otters and seals who can be seen implementing their antics through huge underwater windows. The pike Place Market has almost anything a visitor could ask for and the Seattle Central Library is loaded with manuscripts and historic facts about the area.
And if you wish to take a brief respite, you absolutely can not miss the, “Green Tortoise”, this Seattle icon has been around for many years now and is a favorite among backpackers and other travelers alike. For a backpacker establishment this place is very neat and clean. Even with the young hipster vibe this place still has a sense of making guests feel pampered. Even on the legendary budget prices of the Tortoise you still get treated to great amenities such as a breakfast and dinner buffet. The history of this lodge is quite a draw in itself. The tortoise is a great stopping point for your trip.
Head on south, down 1st Avenue and you will find your way to the area of Pioneer Square. The easiest way to get here is to probably catch a bus, during the day time it should be free since Pioneer Square falls within the, “Ride Free” area criteria.
Pioneer Square has some very interesting display galleries such as the Gallery Hop, the Clog Factory and the wildly elaborate, “Bill Speidels Underground Tour”. Spiedal was a former reporter for the Seattle Times who in his own comical fashion uses this tour to both inform and entertain the audience about Seattle’s past and everything that is culturally and literally underground.
In case you missed this one on the Spiedal tour, don’t forget about the Smith Tower. Built in 1921 this office building was the tallest outside New York and for 50 years it maintained itself as the tallest building west of the Mississippi river. Still of breathtaking height, this building is a great place to take a break in your trip. Climb up to the observation deck and you can get a truly magnificent view of Seattle in all of its intended glory.
Two sites the sports fan can not miss out on when in Pioneer Square are that of Quest field and Safeco Field. Quest field located on the Southside of Pioneer Square is the legendary home of the Seattle Seahawks, and the fans of Seattle, the 12th man as they are referred to in the NFL are not shy about their loyalty to this team. They helped lead the Seahawks to a spectacular victory against Peyton Manning and the Broncos in last years super bowl, and these fans won’t let you forget it!
Quest field screams victory at you. This open air stadium has 67,000 seats with a special design created for the lower sections that places the front row seats only 40 feet from the end zone truly making Seattle’s famous 12th man a part of the game! If you wish to take a tour of this massive stadium book an appointment in advance. Tours usually begin at the gift shop known as the, “Pro Shop”, from this point the tour will take you all over the field in exploration of the Seattle Sea Hawk’s home turf.
The same goes for the Safeco field, the baseball stadium of the Seattle Mariners, book a tour in advance and you will be sent for an hour all over the field, from the dugouts to the locker room. Both of these tours for these sports venues are a lot of fun and worth a trip over to Pioneer Square to take part in them.
Beginning its existence as an enclave for Chinese immigrants the International District was originally known as Seattles China town. In the late 1800’s it was the settlement of workers who came from China to work on the Transcontinental Railroad. Since then however, this area has been flooded with successive waves of immigration from many other parts of the world as well. This area just southeast of Pioneer Square is now one of the most diverse and vibrant communities you can find on the Pacific Coast.
The massive, “Lawrimore Project” is an avante garde masterpiece that showcases some of the strangest and most beaufitul artwork ever found in the known world. After taking in the art head on down to Kobe Park, named after the City of Kobe Japan, this park is famous for its 200 year old stone lantern that was donated form the country to decorate its exterior. This is a very exciting destination to end up in your tour of Seattle.