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Neighborhoods

Downtown



Downtown is the commercial heart of Seattle, the daily destination of commuters, a central hub for the bus and rail systems Metro and Sound Transit, and a gathering place for workers, shoppers, parade-goers, sports fans and tourists. The downtown area hosts world-class museums such as the Seattle Art Museum, movie, shopping, theater and restaurant corridors, the Pike Street Market with colorful flowers, fish and fruits, Seattle City Hall, dual open-air sports and event stadiums Qwest Field and Safeco Field, music clubs, urban parks and fountains.

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Hundreds of popular yearly events in downtown Seattle include the Macy's Holiday Parade, the Seafair Torchlight Parade, dozens of walks and runs for charitable organizations, and conventions and trade shows at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, such as the Flower and Garden Show.

Ride the Seattle Monorail north to Seattle Center and the iconic city landmark, the Space Needle. To the west lies the Waterfront area with ferries, cruise ships and port and maritime attractions and businesses. To the east are the neighborhoods First Hill and Capitol Hill. To the south is the Chinatown-International District, which also houses the international and founding headquarters of Starbucks Coffee.

Stroll down to Pioneer Square and take an Underground Tour of the older city that lies beneath our streets, to learn more about Seattle's colorful history.

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