West Seattle, which features some of Seattle's most popular beachfronts, is credited as the landing point for Seattle's first white settlers.
Each year, a small party of enthusiasts reenacts the 1851 landing at Alki Beach of a small small group of 19th-century pioneers now known as the Denny Party.
The Denny's original landing point, located a few hundred yards east of Alki Point near the intersection of 63rd Avenue SW and Alki Avenue Southwest, is now part of Seattle's most popular beachfront park, Alki Beach Park.
To some, its 2.5 miles of sunny shoreline is reminiscent of the California beach scene, where bikini-clad swimmers take advantage of above-optimum summer temperatures. But the spectacular horizon of the Olympic Mountains rising over the waters of Puget Sound and the Kitsap Peninsula make it hard to forget that this is really the Northwest.
Visitors will find no shortage of attractions and activities to enjoy in West Seattle. Its numerous recreation areas include several stunning outlooks featuring Puget Sound, Kitsap Peninsula and outlying vistas. Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, on West Seattle's central coast, and Emma Schmitz Overlook provide walking areas and park benches along the shoreline. Lincoln Park in Fauntleroy is one of Seattle's larger parks, with 135 acres of parkland dedicated to outdoor recreation.
West Seattle also features a diverse selection of restaurants and accommodation to choose from, all of which are within easy reach of downtown Seattle and major highways.
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