This former power station that produced gas for heating and lighting from 1906 to 1956 is now a project of urban reclamation. It is an amazing pipe maze structure that sits right next to Lake Union. It has been used to shoot rock album covers and music videos.
Pioneer Square marks Seattle's original downtown, dating back to 1852. Late nineteenth century brick and stone buildings, and one of the nation's best surviving collections of Romanesque Revival style urban architecture characterize the district.
Pioneer Square is home to art galleries, internet companies, cafes, sports bars, nightclubs, bookstores, the Seattle Underground Tour, and a museum and info center for the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
The popular Seattle Underground Tour visits the eerie sunken storefronts of what was ground-level Pioneer Square before the Great Fire of 1889. Smith Tower, which overlooks the square, was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1914. Ride the last manually-operated West Coast elevator up to the Smith Tower Observation Deck for a panoramic view of downtown Seattle, the waterfront and Mt. Rainier.
The Troll created by a team, calling themselves the Jersey Devils and led by sculptor Steve Badanes, was voted the overwhelming favorite. A city-matching grant was successful in funding the project. Thus, the Fremont Troll came to be. Made from rebar steel, wire and 2 tons of messy ferroconcrete, the Troll monument took about 7 weeks to complete.
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Standing apart from the rest of Seattle's skyscrapers, the needle is the city's undisputed modern symbol. Built for the World's Fair in 1962, it was the highest structure in Seattle at the time, topping 605ft, though it has since been easily usurped. Visitors make for the 520ft-high observation station with a revolving restaurant.
Pike Place's nine acres have been a staple in Seattle for more than a century. It's been called "the soul of Seattle," and for good reason. When it opened on Aug. 17, 1907, eight farmers sold their wares to more than 10,000 people who came out on a crazy first day. It hasn't slowed since. The market is now home to more than 200 businesses, 190 crafts people and about 100 farmers. Now more than 10 million visitors come to it annually.
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 and often nicknamed the Ballard Locks, provides a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington.
Another popular spot is the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and to navigate the locks. Glass panels below the water line make it possible to watch the fish as they swim through the ladder.
Hing Hay Park - "Park for Pleasurable Gatherings" - is a hub of the International District. Terrace-like stairs lead down from Maynard to a red brick square with an ornate Grand Pavilion designed and constructed in Taipei, Taiwan. Artwork on an adjacent building features a dragon in a depiction of Asian-American history in the Northwest. The park is a popular lunch spot, and meeting place for families and friends.
There are several hiking options in Seattle's largest park, the 534-acre Discovery Park. The 10 miles or so of trails include routes along the bluffs that overlook Puget Sound and cross through more than two miles of protected tidal beaches. Views from Magnolia Bluff of the Olympic and Cascade mountains are among the park's most gorgeous. The bluff is accessible via the main loop through the park, which takes hikers through the historic Fort Lawton military housing and open fields but misses the beach - Discovery Park's top attraction. Instead, try hiking along the beach to the Discovery Park Lighthouse before heading to the bluff. There are numerous routes in this area. Maps and suggested walking/hiking routes are available at the Discovery Park Visitor Center.