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Steep streets in Seattle????

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Steep streets in Seattle????

We are going to visit Seattle Washington this August and staying in downtown (Union St & 1st Ave area).

We intend to walk to most of the tourist sites - Pioneer Square, shopping areas, Columbia Oservation Deck, etc.

We will be taking the monorail to Seattle Center.

How steep are the streets going to these places? How much time is needed to walk to these places?

Thanks for any info you can give me.

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1. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

Seattle is a relatively compact city with most of the "tourist" attractions within easy walking or transit distance. Some streets are steep, others are not. It is not too difficult, just wear comfortable shoes. The "retail" core is relatively flat. The waterfront sits a couple hundred feet below downtown, and is accessible via stairs and elevators, transit routes.

Take a look at this accessibility map from King County Metro that shows various stairs, elevators, etc.

…kingcounty.gov/maps/downtown-seattle-access…

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2. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

The steepest streets (San Francisco steep - Seattle used to have cable cars too) are at the south end of the downtown core, running east-to-west. From around Union Street north, the E/W streets are sloped uphill to the east, but with more gradual inclines than, say, Spring or Madison farther south. Cherry and James, for example, between 3rd and the freeway (and beyond) are impressively steep.

The numbered streets generally have a slight uphill incline from south to north, but things level out after Pike Street.

The exception is that the central waterfront is at the bottom of what's basically a bluff, so that to get from, say, the Pike market down to the piers requires stairs rather than streets; cars have to use a fairly roundabout route to get two blocks.

When Seattle was rebuilt after the great fire of 1889, a grid was created with roughly 20 blocks to a mile, so with a map you can count off the blocks and divide by 20 to see how far any distance might be. Obviously slope makes a difference, but none of your destinations are "un-walkable." Some might take a bit longer than if you assume you can walk 60 blocks in an hour, or some similar metric.

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3. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

Slight correction: From the Market to the piers is an elevator ride, although stairs are available.

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4. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

from Union to Pike Pine st which are the main routes to the Mkt or to the monorail its a very slight uphill, not steep at all. From Pike st on its flat to where you want to go with the exception of the waterfront.

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5. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

If it helps, there are topographical maps available. http://goo.gl/maps/8lTsX

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6. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

We have hills, but here is the secret: If you don't want to walk up the hill headed east, walk north a block or two until it is flat. Most streets north/south have an easy grade, but east west is where you run into the problems.

That said, the hills aren't that bad. You can also take transit, but it will cost you a little more.

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7. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

It's also possible in the office core (which happens to be centered around the steep streets) to use an "inside passage" - the elevators in the buildings that occupy full blocks. Go in on 2nd and step out on 3rd, cross the street, repeat. With just a little zigzagging one can avoid the steepest hills, a benefit in the rain.

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8. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

Thanks everyone for your information. They are most helpful in planning our trip. We will be in Seattle for 4 days and your tips will make our trip safer and enjoyable.

Maraming Salamat (Thank you so much).

Isca

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9. Re: Steep streets in Seattle????

we did this in seattle. we zig-zagged up and across to get back ''' up ''' too our hotel from the market. it made it easier for us and we saw other things we might have missed.

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