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Seattle Travel Guide

Probably Seattle’s most famous landmark is the 605ft tall Space Needle, a relic from the 1962 World Fair; a great place to get a view of the City. The tower is a stark contrast to the City’s oldest district, Pioneer Square with its red brick buildings, streetcars and gentle relaxing atmosphere. Another popular district is the trendy area known as Belltown. Traditionally regarded as the true birthplace of Grunge music, in recent years it has, to a degree, shed its youthful exuberance in exchange for a more upmarket tone, with expensive loft apartments, upscale restaurants and designer outlets now taking pride of place over the club-scene. An alternative place to hangout and go clubbing can be found in the Capital Hill district home to great shopping and nightlife and a favourite haunt of the gay and lesbian community.

Far more laid back and fun is the Freemont area, famous for its bizarre public artworks, fascinating junk shops and outdoor film festival during the summer. Amongst the strange highlights in the area are the aluminium statue of people waiting for a commuter bus called Waiting for the interurban and grotesque Fremont Troll a concrete statue eating a whole VW Beetle. Of course all this wandering around requires a little assistance and that is where Seattle’s fantastic choice of coffeeshops comes in. Besides the now world famous Starbucks there are literally hundreds of cafes selling superb hot (and cold) caffeine rich (or caffeine free) brews in an astonishing variety of flavours and textures – it’s a coffee connoisseurs paradise.

On a more cultured note, Seattle’s theatre scene is amongst the most vibrant on the West Coast of America with everything from classics to contemporary, international to performance art. There are also regular concerts by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. A visit to the Seattle Art Museum is also well recommended its fascinating collections of Asian, African and Native American folk and tribal arts making a pleasant contrast to this increasingly modern city. And, when you’ve had enough of sightseeing, what better way to relax than in one of the City’s numerous public parks, be it lush greenery, beautifully landscaped or waterfront picnicking there’s something for everyone, which in many ways sums up Seattle in a nutshell. It really is no wonder that Seattle is becoming the place in the USA that you have to visit at least one time!

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