Compact and charming, Seattle Central Business District epitomises the laid-back atmosphere of the city it graces. Situated in Downtown, hemmed between Elliott Bay and rolling hills, the neighbourhood is at the core of most things in Seattle. It is the city's financial and commercial hub, as well as bring the centre for shopping and nightlife. It's relatively easy to explore, with iconic landmarks providing compass points for every visitor.
Columbia Centre is the tallest tower and dominates the modern side of Seattle Central Business District. Smith Tower is from a different era and one of the historical landmarks rising around the old Pioneer Square area. Amongst the urban skyline, visitors will find the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Central Library, two buildings with stunning facades. Despite its small size, there's also a lot of open space in Seattle Central Business District, with many small parks that are perfect for spending a summer afternoon. The boundaries of Seattle Central Business District are somewhat organic and incorporate various mini-districts. These include West Edge, Denny Triangle and the Government District.
Known locally as Sea-Tac, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is south of Seattle Central Business District and connected by an excellent Light Rail network. Westlake Station is the main terminus for suburban transport services while long-distance trains arrive at King Street Station.
Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City, and there's a huge amount of green, even in Seattle Central Business District. Evergreen trees rise high, a constant on the landscape and a complement to buildings that date from each of the last 12 decades.