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Our neighborhoods make the city unique, and interesting. Urban people live and play in north Seattle neighborhoods like Ballard, Greenlake, Fremont, and Wallingford. And from the University of Washington (U District) , one crosses the Montlake Cut to Capitol Hill and the Central District, east of downtown. Farther south, you'll visit the International District, and Sodo. Some of the neighborhoods are included in other day- tours, so Best Guide, Seattle selected a few to feature here:
Generally, this is the area on the north side of Lake Union and to the West-- the ship canal connects Lake Washington and Lake Union (freshwater) to Puget Sound (salt water) via "the locks." Old Ballard had a Scandinavian tradition followed by generations of blue-collar workers and families. The neighborhood now shows a modern re-styling for a new urban generation. Fremont neighborhood is confidently creative, and it shows in their public art, and events. It's also a home to many tech. and research groups along the canal. A general Itinerary includes the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Ballard Ave., Market St., the community of Fremont, and Gasworks Park. We'll be walking and driving on this tour. Let us know if you want to visit the WoodlandPark Zoo nearby.
Capitol Hill is an old Seattle neighborhood where some founding families have their final resting place. The mansions on the hill, and 15th Ave. have a quiet neighborhood feeling. The gay-friendly community around Broadway has popular clubs, and too many restaurants to mention. Quiet places like Elliott Bay Book Store, galleries and coffee shops mix-in with educational institutions to make a youthful environment. Moving south-east through the Central District toward Lake Washington, you'll find Seattle's historically African-American neighborhood. Events at the Washington Hall, Northwest African American Museum, and Langston Hughes Cultural Center celebrate the neighborhood past and present. At the shoreline of Lake Washington, a lakefront park at Leschi has views east toward the city of Bellevue, and the I-90 floating bridge.
Lakeview cemetery, Broadway, Seattle U. E. Jackson/Yesler St.s, and a bit of Lake Washington Blvd. are included. This tour is combination of walking, and driving.
C.U. Tour, or the "Getting to know the City" for new arrivals tour
This tour has no description because C.U. stands for Completely Unique. What's your hobby, or special interest? Are you new to Seattle and want the insights of a local to help you feel at home? Let us know.
Best Guide, Seattle will create an itinerary that suits you. Select "Other" on the request form.
Ideas: U.of Washington, Seattle University, or Seattle Pacific U. campus tours. Chinatown/Internat. Dist., Waterfront walk to Olympic Sculpture park, Georgetown neighborhood.