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CNU 25.Seattle self-guided tours offer a unique opportunity to explore Seattle neighborhoods at your leisure. Curated by locals for visiting urbanists, these self-guided tours highlight the best public spaces, cafes, breweries, and points of interest. From the beach town vibes of West Seattle to the northern reaches of Ballard Avenue's historic district, there's a destination for everyone.

 
Denny Triangle / Amazon Campus

Connecting the Retail Core to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, Denny Triangle is one of Downtown’s fastest growing neighborhoods with beautiful new developments pushing it forward. An integrated professional and residential community with restaurants, bars, unique shops and public parks.

How to Get There

Walk / 0.6 mile walk from Benaroya Hall
Bus / From University Street Tunnel Station – Bay A (University and 3rd), LINK Light Rail (Westlake Stop) Metro routes #41, 010, 150, 255, 550

From 3rd and Union Metro routes # 5, 21, 24, 25, 28, 33, 40, 62, 120, 124

From 3rd and Seneca:  Metro routes 70

Points of Interest

Public Spaces

Art to See   Photo Ops

Restaurants with local flavor

Breweries/Pubs

Cafes/Coffee Shops with local flavor

 
Queen Anne / Seattle Center

Situated between Seattle’s towering Queen Anne Hill and the trendy Belltown neighborhood, Uptown is a lively mix of restaurants, shops, residential communities, and amenities. Home to the Seattle Center, including Key Arena, McCaw Hall, Pacific Science Center, the Experience Music.

How to Get There

Walk / 1.6 mile walks from Benaroya Hall

Bus: /  From Senaca and 4th Ave Metro Route #s 1, 2, 13, 14, Rapid Ride D line

Points of Interest

Public Spaces

Art & Historical/Interesting story

Photo Ops/Views

Restaurants / Cafes with local flavor

Breweries/Pubs

 
Downtown

Enjoy the lively day-time vibe in Downtown and the historic Pike Place Market and Waterfront.

How to Get There

Walk / from Benaroya Hall

Bus / Check Google Maps for destinations

Points of Interest

Public Art

Public Spaces

Art to see-Historical/interesting story

Restaurants with local flavor

Breweries/Pubs

Cafes/Coffee Shops with local flavor

 
West Seattle / Alaska Junction

West Seattle, separated from the rest of Seattle by Elliot Bay, the Duwamish River and the port/industrial area exudes a relaxed vibe of a beach town and plenty of indie boutiques, bars, and restaurants, effortlessly blends laid-back charm with its family-friendly roots.

How to Get There

Walk / 5.2 miles from Benaroya Hall

Bus / from 3rd and Seneca – Metro Routes #55 (peak hours only), RapidRide C line

Points of Interest

  • Alaska Junction is the main commercial hub of West Seattle. The city has designated the Alaska Junction area as an urban village and the area has seen plenty of redevelopment over the last five years. Check out the mixed use projects.
  • California Avenue (44th Ave SW & SW Alaska S) between Alaska and Oregon Streets is closed for the weekly Sunday farmer’s market. Future light rail (2030ish)

Public Spaces

  • Alki Beach  Walk along Alki on the Puget Sound; Great tidepools at low tide, very dramatic at high tide and storms 
  • Dakota Place park 4304 SW Dakota St, adaptive reuse of a former Seattle City light substation into a small park and indoor event space. 

Art to see

  • Murals depicting West Seattle history on several buildings

Historical/interesting story

  • Alaska Junction named after the intersection of two street car lines. The hub of West Seattle is locally famous for the all directions pedestrian scramble at the intersection. Initiated in 1952, it was abandoned in 1974 as motorists hated it, pressure from the public brought it back in 1988.

Photo Ops/Views

  • Stand in the middle of the California Ave/Alaska St intersection (you have 30 seconds!) to get a view of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympics to the west

Restaurants with local flavor

Breweries/Pubs

Cafes/Coffee Shops with local flavor

 
Fremont

Fremont, “Center of the Universe” is centrally located in the city of Seattle just North of Downtown. With excellent restaurants, nightlife, a variety of living choices (homes, condos, townhomes) this is a great place to call home.

How to Get There

Walk / 3.5 miles from Benaroya Hall

Bus / From Benaroya (3rd and Union) Routes # 5, 21, 26, 28, 132

Points of Interest

  • Hall of Giants & The Fremont Troll 820 N 36th St
  • Theo's Chocolate - 3400 Phinney Ave N  (Fair Trade Certified)
  • Epicenter Apartments/PCC store – 600 N 34th St  one of the earliest mixed use housing over supermarket projects, also incorporates art onto the building
  • Fremont Bridge (the bridge rises for marine traffic on average of about 35 times a day, making it as one of the busiest bascule bridges in the world. Source SDOT)
  • Burke-Gilman Trail
  • Adobe/Google campus - 801 N 34th St
  • Brooks Headquarters Building - 3400 Stone Way N

Art to See

Photo Ops/Views

Restaurants and Cafes/Coffee Shops

Breweries/Pubs

Public Spaces

 
Ballard

Ballard is proud of its Scandinavian Heritage and holds the largest Norwegian annual parade outside of Norway Ballard on May 17th. Its vibe has changed since it was named one of the Hub Urban Villages designated in Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan. As such, the area is targeted for increased residential development. The current low-density multifamily typology is the modern square box; see how many you can spot!

How to Get There

Walk / 6.1 miles from Benaroya Hall

Bus / From Benaroya Hall (3rd and Union) Routes # 40 and D line

Points of Interest

  • Ballard Sunday Market  5345 Ballard Ave NW
  • Hiram M Chittenden Locks 3015 NW 54th St (at junction with 32nd Ave, bus #44)
  • Historic District - Ballard Ave, south of Market Street
  • Fisherman’s Terminal – 3919 18th Ave W  South west of the Ballard Bridge where the Alaskan fishing fleet docks in the off-season
  • Nordic Heritage Museam  3014 NW 67th St
  • Mid-rises around 15th Ave & Market. New construction typical of the Hub Urban Village
  • Ballard Sunday Market 5345 Ballard Ave NW

Public Spaces

Photo Ops/Views

Restaurants with Local Flavor

Breweries/Pubs

Cafes/Coffee Shops with local flavor

Music

 
Capitol Hill

Set atop Downtown, Capitol Hill is home to an eclectic mix of families, young professionals, and students. With a thriving retail and restaurant community, visitors and residents alike enjoy local coffee shops, modern and fusion restaurants, unique shops and boutiques, and more.

How to Get There

Walk / 1.6 miles from Benaroya Hall

Bus / From University Street Tunnel Station – Bay A (University and 3rd) LINK Light Rail / From 4th and Pike - Metro Routes #10, 11, 43, and 49

Points of Interest

  • Bullitt Center 1501 E Madison St (http://www.bullittcenter.org)  LEED / Green Platinum
  • Melrose Market 1532 Minor Ave  (so much to see in one place:  butcher, cheese monger, florist, wine shop, casual sandwiches, high end restaurant, & more)
  • Chophouse Row  - 1424 11th Ave (great animated alleyway / mid block use of common passages w/ surprises
  • Pike Motorworks – 714 E Pike St  semi-public alleyways cutting through ground floor of apartment building with retail and brewpub
  • Pike-Pine Corridors, (great ground floor retail) / adaptive reuse / block infill
  • Broadway Transit Station / Light Rail
  • Century Ballroom  - 915 E Pine St (old Oddfellows Building)
  • Elliot Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave (historic business that moved from historic Pioneer Sq. to this neighborhood about 5 years ago+_)
  • Egyptian Theater - 805 E Pine St
  • 12th Ave Arts – 1620 12th Ave, new award-winning affordable housing with great ground floor retail
  • Biltmore Apartments – 418 E Loretta Pl cool historic apartment building
  • Summit Ave – dense area of historic apartment buildings with little hideaway cafes and bars
  • Upper Broadway: Broadway Market, Capitol Hill Library, Anhalt Apartments, Brix, Loveless Building
  • Alley 24  - 241 Yale Ave N (South Lake Union) – Yale Ave between Thomas and John Street
  • Pike Motorworks – 714 E Pike St  Pike Street at Harvard Ave
  • Chophouse Row – 1424 11th Ave 11th Ave East between Pike St and Union St (connects thru to 12th Ave E)
  • Melrose Market – 1532 Minor Ave Melrose Avenue between Pike and Pine
  • Oddfellows Café & Bar -1525 10th Ave
  • Mamnoon - 1508 Melrose Ave,
  • Sitka and Spruce - 1531 Melrose Ave

Public Spaces

Art to See

  • Frye Art Museum  704 Terry Ave
  • Asian Art Museum (1933 Art Deco, wrestling w/ expanding into historic Volunteer Park)

Historical/interesting story

  • Adaptive Reuse of Pike-Pine Corridor (714 E Pike St, from motor-oriented garages & car showrooms to 5 story Mixed Use Infill)
  • Olmsted Park History of Volunteer Park Neighborhood
  • What to do about Interstate Highway separating Capitol Hill from Downtown, Cap it w/ urban park?
  • Freeway Park  - 700 Seneca St (Lawrence Halprin) near WA Convention Center, Past, Present, and it's Future?

Photo Ops/Views

Restaurants with local flavor

Breweries/Pubs

Cafes/Coffee Shops with local flavor

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