Guide to Queen Anne
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A community situated just north of downtown, Queen Anne draws thousand of visitors each year with it’s distinct attractions, beautiful parks and sophisticated urban cool. The neighborhood has both a bustling business district known as Uptown and Queen Anne Hill, which is primarily upscale residential.
Lower Queen Anne played host to a World’s Fair in 1962 called the Century 21 Exposition. The former fairgrounds now comprise the area known as the Seattle Center, home to the Experience Music Project, Key Arena, the Seattle Center monorail, Pacific Science Center and the city’s most recognizable landmark, the Space Needle.
The Seattle Center hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year including Bite of Seattle, Bumbershoot and Northwest Folklife.
The Space Needle was constructed for the World’s Fair and was the vision of two men who used a balloon, a flying saucer and their impression of what office buildings would look like in the year 2000 as their architectural inspiration.
The Experience Music Project (EMP) is a museum featuring rock ’n’ roll artifacts as well as hosting live performances, interactive exhibits and an annual Pop Conference. A ride on the monorail takes you to downtown’s Westlake Center, an enormous shopping complex and urban park.
Kerry Park offers some of the most exquisite views of downtown, the Space Needle and on clear days, Mt. Rainier and beyond. At sunset, visitors pack the park to snap postcard-quality photos of the city and Elliott Bay.
After a steep climb up Queen Anne Avenue, you’ll find yourself in a quaint business district stretching about 10 blocks. This is the center of the upscale residential area and there is no shortage of fine restaurants, bars and charming little shops. As a designated "urban village," the primary means of transportation here is walking and you’ll find tree-lined sidewalks filled both day and night with residents and visitors.
Queen Anne Hill is one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods with its exquisite Victorian architecture and city and water views. The neighborhood takes its name from the storybook architectural style of many of the historic homes. While the district feels like a world apart, downtown Seattle and its many attractions are practically nextdoor. Seattle Center offers a lively mix of restaurants and shops and must-stops like Key Arena, McCaw Hall, Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music Project, and the Space Needle. For food there are many options like Crow, Betty and Cloves.
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