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Pioneer Square is the historical neighborhood in the southwest area of downtown. The stone and brick buildings above once-cobblestone streets are in contrast to the looming steel and glass structures of modern-day Seattle. The first white settlers moved to Elliott Bay from Alki in West Seattle, and the city grew and expanded from the waterfront.
West Seattle is a neighborhood that used to be its own town. It holds the history of the first white settlers who built their log cabin just up from the beach at Alki. (Al-ki, rhymes with pie). They were met by the native Duwamish who helped the new neighbors through their first winter. The sandy saltwater beach at Alki now is a favorite summer hang-out, and on a sunny day it's a lively destination for local and tourist alike.
General itinerary: Chinatown/ Internat. District, Pioneer Square, Alki Beach. (This is a half-day tour, approx 4 1/2 hours, including a water taxi ride across Elliott Bay).