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Seattle's Fremont neighborhood is a bohemian district north of downtown. Be sure to check out the statue of Lenin, the outdoor movie theater, and then take a peek under the Aurora Bridge.
Fremont is an eclectic, artsy neighborhood of Seattle located in the north-central section of Washington's largest metropolis. Overlooking Salmon Bay, the small community of Fremont bills itself as "the center of the universe." And at the center it is: Bordered to the east by the Wallingford neighborhood and to the west by the trendy Ballard neighborhood, it commands a central place in Seattle's burgeoning growth.
Known best for its offbeat and irreverent parades, parties and sidewalk art, Fremont is home to such Seattle landmarks as the Annual Solstice Parade, which is famous for its nude cyclists and quirky celebrations; the Fremont Troll Monument; and the neighborhood's controversial 7-ton Lenin statue.
A walking tour is probably the best way to appreciate Fremont's unusual artistic character and to sample some of its homemade microbreweries and bistros. True to its nature, Fremont's culinary opportunities are both cosmopolitan and exceptional. Choices run the gamut, from traditional Asian cuisine and western vegetarian to Italian trattorias and upscale seafood restaurants. Lodging isn't hard to find in Seattle and is within minutes from Freemont's best attractions.
Fremont's well-known motto "De Libertas Quirkas" - or, "Free to be Peculiar" - does not seem to have discouraged investment by more conventional businesses. It is home to several prominent Northwest businesses such as Adobe Systems and Getty Images, as well as numerous local and international nonprofit organizations.
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