The best way to see the Jet City—on foot!
The Queen City of the Pacific Northwest was once known principally for the spectacular forests, mountains, and waters surrounding it.
But now, what’s inside Seattle is as famous as what’s outside it. This is a vibrant young city full of attractions. It’s a center for several hi-tech industries and a crossroads of global cultures.
Seattle is also one of the most walkable cities in the country. It’s full of cozy bungalows, stately mansions, postmodern palaces, and outdoor art all over. It has wide boulevards, narrow cobblestone lanes, and carless pedestrian pathways. It seldom gets too cold to go walking, and almost never gets too hot.
These 35 specially designed urban treks are not only good exercise but are a great way to soak up the city’s history, culture, parks, and vibe.
Each walk’s commentary includes trivia about architecture, local culture, and neighborhood history, plus tips on where to dine, have a drink, or shop.
Each tour includes a clear neighborhood map and vital public transportation and parking information.
Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section lists each walk’s highlights.
It’s Walking Seattle. It’s out NOW from Wilderness Press, a national outfit with offices in Cincinnati OH and Birmingham AL.
Get it, and get moving.
The book offers 35 different ways to know your city, each illustrated and mapped:
- Pioneer Square: Where Seattle Started
- Downtown Business District: Skyscrapers and Shopping
- Downtown, Off the Grid: The City Center, Off-Center
- Pike Place Market and First Avenue: Where Farmers Met Sailors
- Belltown and Seattle Center: All Yesterday’s Tomorrows
- South Lake Union: (Paul) Allen-Town
- The Waterfront: Pier Review
- Queen Anne Hill: Top of the Town
- Magnolia: Modern Mansions and Mudslides
- Discovery Park to the Ballard Locks: Army Issue
- Chinatown/International District: ‘Pan-Asian’ Before That Was a Word
- SoDo Industrial District: They Still Make Things Here
- Ballard: Ya Sure, Ya Betcha!
- Fremont: Center of At Least One Universe
- Wallingford and Roosevelt: Bizarre Gifts to Obscure Flicks
- Green Lake: Beware of Manic Joggers
- Phinney Ridge and Greenwood: The Zoo and Other Well Maintained Habitats
- Ravenna and Laurelhurst: Creekside Rambling
- The U District and University of Washington: Making the Grade
- Foster Island and the Arboretum: The Tree Museum
- Madrona to Madison Park: Gracious Living by a Lake
- Fairview and Eastlake: Gracious Living ON a Lake
- Interlaken and Montlake: An Urban Wilderness
- East Capitol Hill: Millionaires’ Row and Pioneer Graves
- West Capitol Hill: Broadway Bound
- Pike/Pine: Alternative Ground Zero
- First Hill: Pills, Prayers, and Paintings
- Central District: Soul Central
- Columbia City to Leschi: Between the Valley and the ‘Pits’
- Rainier Beach and Kubota Garden: The City’s Lower Edge
- Georgetown: In the Shadows of Boeing
- West Seattle, Junction to Admiral: A City Within the City
- Alki: Where Seattle (Really) Started
- West Marginal Way: Where Nature Meets Cargo
- Fauntleroy and Lincoln Park: Thick Trees at the Edge of the Sound
By the way, Walking Seattle has its own mobile online companion now, as an add-on virtual tour guide within the iOS/Android app ViewRanger!
Read the book before you go; then use the app to keep you on the path (unless you see a divergent way you really like).