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Seattle Introduction


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The combination of water, hills and lush greenery in a mountain setting on the shores of Puget Sound make Seattle, Washington, one of the most beautiful urban areas in the U.S. With its efficient bus system and compact downtown district, Seattle is also user-friendly.   Click here to see the full Seattle travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seattle Geography


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Seattle borders Puget Sound, the salty inland waterway that flows through the Strait of Juan de Fuca into the Pacific Ocean. Several freshwater lakes also shape the city. Lake Union is home to the houseboat community spotlighted in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, and more recently has been home to massive redevelopment projects, including the site of Amazon's headquarters. Gigantic Lake Washington, spanned by two bridges, separates Seattle from Bellevue, Redmond (home to Microsoft), Kirkland and other suburban cities on the Eastside.   Click here to see the full Seattle travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seattle History


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Seattle got its start in 1851, when a small group of courageous pioneers dropped anchor at windy, inhospitable Alki Point in what's now West Seattle. Soon the settlers moved to a better location across the water on Elliott Bay. They built a town in present-day Pioneer Square and called it Seattle after a friendly Native American, Chief Sealth of the Duwamish tribe.   Click here to see the full Seattle travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seattle Sightseeing & Things to Do


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To get a bird's-eye view of the area, ride to the top of the Space Needle, the city's most famous landmark, which rises from Seattle Center. If the clouds cooperate, the view is great. Back at ground level, see three other attractions in the vicinity: the Experience Music Project, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and the Pacific Science Center, one of our favorite science museums in the country.  Click here to see the full Seattle travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seattle Nightlife


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The heyday of grunge, Seattle's best-known musical export, has long gone, but the city's active music scene still supports a wide array of small concert venues. The Ballard area (northwest of downtown) and Capitol Hill are the top spots for catching soon-to-break musical acts, particularly at Ballard's iconic Tractor Tavern or Chop Suey on Capitol Hill. The renovated Crocodile in Belltown is another good bet. Larger productions take the stage at The Paramount, The Showbox or The Moore theaters downtown. The historic Neptune Theater, an intimate single-screen cinema in the University District, has been renovated as a multipurpose arts venue that hosts live music, comedy and independent film.  Click here to see the full Seattle travel guide on Travel42 »

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Seattle Restaurants & Dining


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Perched on the Pacific Rim and home to a diverse population, Seattle offers everything from Afghan and Ethiopian food to Hawaiian, South American and, well, you name it. But it's best known for its fresh seafood, and Asian and Northwest cuisines. The latter is a tasty mix of cultural influences (Asian, northern Italian, French and Californian) with fresh ingredients—locally caught seafood as well as vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices.   Click here to see the full Seattle travel guide on Travel42 »

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