Packed between Elliott Bay and the hilly neighborhoods to the east, Downtown Seattle unsurprisingly contains the city's bustling financial and retail district.
Capitol Hill is Seattle's most densely populated neighborhood and the heart of the city's counterculture.
Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, showcasing a wealth of art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, cool restaurants, and buzzing nightclubs within easy walking distance of most Downtown Seattle hotels.
The University District, or "U-District", surrounds the University of Washington in northeast Seattle.
Ballard is a neighborhood in northwest Seattle. While mostly residential, the ship canal locks are a major tourist attraction.
Northwest of Downtown Seattle, Queen Anne is a hilly residential neighborhood with marvelous views of the city's skyline.
North Seattle is a loosely-defined area, often including anything north of the Ship Canal that bisects the city.
South Seattle occupies a broad swath of the city between I-5 to the west and Lake Washington to the east.
Seattle's Fremont district, which bills itself as "The Center of the Universe", is known for its quirky atmosphere.
Seattle's Sodo was originally "South of the Dome", referring to the now-demolished Kingdome; to keep some sense in the name, it is sometimes explained now as "South of Downtown".
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