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Seattle, WA 98109
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Denny Park has the double distinction of being both the city's first cemetery and its first park. Fortunately, when the city turned the cemetery into a park in 1884, it thoughtfully replaced the graves with rhododendrons and azaleas. The terrain is actually 60 feet lower than it once was, due to great Denny Regrade project, which began in 1889 and leveled some of the hills in the area. Still, the city kept the park, and today the parks department has its headquarters here.
Seattle is an eccentric city that can defy expectations. The natural surroundings, including the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier, have been inhabited by humans for more than 4000 years. After a shaky period of initial settlement that say small towns pop up around Elliot Bay, the city experienced several periods of boom and bust, first rising to prominence from its timber industry and then from its proximity to the newly discovered Klondike gold fields. Eventually, the mining and logging industries gave way to companies like Boeing, Microsoft, UPS and Amazon that employ hundreds of citizens within the area. If you are here, do not miss out on the iconic Space Needle and Rock and Roll Museum.
Noah Sealth, Chief of the Suquamish Tribe was a historic figure, and a major cause for the relative peace between his tribe and the European-American settlers. Sealth came to know three men, who were to be the original settlers of the area Carson Boren, Arthur Denny and William Bell through a common friend, Dr. David Maynard. In 1855, the territory now comprising of the city of Seattle, was given over to the US during the American Indian council, made possible by Seath's leadership. In his honor, the new community was named 'Seattle' an altered version of Sealth. The statue situated at Tilikum Place is a landmark in the city, honoring Chief Sealth. It was crafted by James Wehn, a local sculptor, and worth a look if you're in the area. A testament to Seattle's diverse and interesting history.
Bill Gates, known for Microsoft as well as their many philanthropic endeavors, hails from the great city of Seattle. Founded in 2000, Bill and his wife's foundation strives to enhance education, healthcare and alleviate poverty, in the United States as well as abroad. The visitors center located in the Queen Anne neighborhood, aims to educate guests on the many programs, activities and initiatives the foundation takes part in. Learn about the Gates family, employees and the many people who benefit from the foundation. The center features interactive exhibits that allow visitors to think critically on world issues and try to come up with their own solutions. Admission is free and tours are available upon request.
Seattle's most famous landmark, the Space Needle's futuristic design rises over 600 feet (182.88 meters) tall. The tower was originally built for the 1962 World Expo in Seattle, when the chairman of the fair decided to construct a tower with a revolving restaurant for the event, which still exists today. From the top, the Space Needle provides 360-degree views of downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the Cascade and Olympia mountains. Besides the restaurant, the Space Needle also features a gift shop and observation deck.
Nestled amidst numerous attractions and landmarks like Space Needle, Seattle Center, IMAX Theater and Chihuly Gardens, the International Fountain never fails to capture the attention of the visitors. Join in the fun with kids and beat the summer heat by playing in the water. Else, you can sit on the rim and watch as the spacecraft-like art installation at the center throws out water at jet speed. The fountain is bound to bring out the kid in you.
Seattle Center is one of the city's primary attractions, and since thousands of visitors come to enjoy all it has to offer, Seattle Center - Visitor Information was set up here to answer questions and supply information about the park, the buildings it houses and the events that take place here. You can also pick up maps and brochures on Seattle and adjacent areas, as well as get answers to your questions.
The Seattle Center Monorail is the first full scale commercial monorail in the United States. Like the Space Needle, this train is a remnant of the 1962 World's Fair. Riding above ground, it takes passengers on a two-minute ride between two terminals: Westlake Center downtown and Seattle Center. Although short, the trip has nice views of Elliott Bay, downtown and the Capitol Hill area.
Chihuly Garden Glass amazes visitors with displays of color and fine artistry. With the iconic Space Needle serving as its backdrop, this unique exhibit – conceived by artist Dave Chihuly – features glass sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. The splendor of lush gardens showcasing Chihuly's signature glass creations is truly a serene experience. Easily accessible via the Seattle Monorail, there is no excuse for not experiencing this incomparable display of nature and glass.
The Denny Triangle or Denny Regrade falls somewhere between Belltown and the Denny Way. Like most neighborhoods in the city, there are formal borders which define the beginning and end of this district, but it is usually considered situated between the South Lake Union district and the Downtown region of the Emerald City. Important attractions that lie within or at the periphery of this region include, Seattle Center, Denny Park and many famous businesses, eateries and shops like Barolo Ristorante, Anne Sacks and such.
Once a decaying stretch of soup kitchens, parking lots and warehouses, this northern half of Downtown is now peppered with outposts of chic. Nightclubs like Crocodile Cafe and Sit 'n' Spin rival the noisy glory of Pioneer Square, and restaurants like Shiro's attract crowds of urban 30-somethings. Funky salons and furniture shops fill the old warehouses, and condo developments sprout over deserted lots. Also check out Speakeasy Cafe and 211 Billiard Club.
First Church is about more than just worship; it is about giving something to the community. Their philosophy is simple, yet effective-all they aim to do is to make the world a better place. The community of the First United Methodist Church of Seattle is a welcoming one, one which does not discriminate on any basis. This historic church, constructed in 1853, was rebuilt in 2010 and carries out many activities for Seattle's less fortunate.