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Queen Anne

Queen Anne is best known for its commanding view of downtown Seattle and its stately 19th-century architecture.

Bordering the northern end of Seattle's city center, Queen Anne covers the city's tallest hill, with an elevation of 456 feet. Although the neighborhood is not the tallest point in the city (the Gatewood neighborhood, in West Seattle owns this claim at an elevation of 520 feet), Queen Anne's carefully preserved architecture and sweeping views of the Seattle skyline make it one of the city's more popular residential locations.

Like so many of Seattle's residential districts, Queen Anne is a community unto its own. The neighborhood's main thoroughfare, Queen Anne Avenue, links the area with downtown environs and has become a magnet for trendy restaurants, upscale hotels and popular bistros. Just about every type of restaurant can be found on Queen Anne Ave. North, or in Seattle's Uptown neighborhood, at the base of the hill.

The importation of large, affluent mansions during the 1800s and 1900s gave Queen Anne Hill its name. Although the community is now an eclectic mix of modern and historic styles, Seattle's early roots can still be found on Queen Anne. Walking and driving tours are the best way to get an up-close view of Seattle's early architecture.

Queen Anne's Kerry Park is an ideal location for taking in Seattle's evening skyline, and there is no better time to do so then on New Year's Eve, when the Space Needle becomes the center of festivities. Residents make a point of gathering at this spot to watch the fireworks and the lighting of the Needle. If you go, dress warm, bring a chair and be prepared for a memorable West Coast tradition.

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