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Fremont troll

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Seattle is defined by water and mountains. Lake Washington lies to the east, Elliott Bay and Puget Sound, an arm of the Pacific Ocean, lie to the west, the Duwamish River empties into the bay from the south, and the Lake Washington Ship Canal bisects the city. The Cascade Mountains rise in the east, and to the west across the sound rise the Olympic Mountains. The city's attraction lies not only in the stunning views from the top of the Space Needle, but also in the surrounding natural landscape.

The waterfront and the neighbouring Pike Place Public Market still are a favourite destination for both locals and tourists. Here you can find the famous fish throwers, fresh produce and many quirky shops located directly under the market. While you're at Pike Place, keep an eye out for the original Starbucks.

On rainy days, go to one of the museums, such as Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Henry or Frye Art Gallery, Olympic Sculpture Park, Wing Luke Asian Museum, the Museum of Flight, or the Museum of History and Industry, as well as myriad art galleries. The visual arts are plentiful in Seattle, so don't miss a chance to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Opera House, or any of the number of plays and comedy acts strewn throughout the city. There are also fringe film theatres such as the Egyptian in Capitol Hill and the Grand Illusion in the University District which show more artistic and sometimes older films than the standard theatres show.

At 535 acres, Discovery Park is Seattle's largest park. The park's landscape consists of a wide range of ecosystems, including prairie, old-growth forest, rugged sea-bluffs, and seashore. From the bluffs high above, visitors can enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of the mountains, ocean, and city. The charming West Point Lighthouse and Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Centre occupy sites in the park as well as Fort Lawton Military Base, which is in the process of returning to civic use. A host of wild animals, including eagles and cougars, have been sighted in the park.

Also worth investigation is the Underground Tour. Seattle had great fire in 1889, and 33 blocks burned.  It was too much work to tear down and rebuild, so the people just built the city on top of the old one, and a layer of the city can still be seen intact beneath the street.


October 14, 2004 change by smorris

January 02, 2005 change by minlee

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