Perched high on Seattle’s hilltop throne, this downtown district is just as grand as it sounds. Take a trip through time and discover a neighborhood defined by its architecture.
In Queen Anne, the only way is up. The district formerly known as Eden Hill remained undeveloped until the turn of the 19th century due to its formidable incline. Thanks to electric streetcars and enterprising architects, Queen Anne came into it’s own. Watch out – spend a little time in this hilltop haven and you might never want to leave. Grand old craftsmen homes line the streets like queues of Victorian ladies dressed up in all their finery, while the clamor of cafés spills out of restored row houses.
The district’s southern section, Lower Queen Anne, borders downtown Seattle, and is home to some of the city’s signature structures. Architecture aficionados, buckle up – you’re in for a wild ride. Have the whole city at your feet from atop the iconic Sky Needle or check out the historical displays in the nearby Seattle Center. Lower Queen Anne is bucket-list territory for touring culture vultures, hosting a huge array of venues, galleries, and museums. Tick off the mesmerizing Chihuly Garden and Glass gallery, which showcases the work of one of the world masters in glass arts. For pint-sized punters, you’ve got the Pacific Science Center and the Seattle Children’s Museum.
As for Upper Queen Anne – it may be hard on the knees, but it’s certainly easy on the eyes. Make the trek to Seattle’s loftiest neighborhood and take in the stunning streetscapes of 19th-century homes. Book a room in a converted hotel or cozy up in one of the cafés that operate behind Queen Anne’s heritage façades. If you guessed that Queen Anne has Seattle’s best views, you might be right. Kerry Park and its unbelievable outlook across Seattle’s skyline and Mount Rainier is at the top of the list, regardless of whether you’ve brought a lover or a camera shutter to squeeze.