The Attractions of West Seattle

Seattle, Washington with a population of some 625,000 is the largest city in our Pacific Northwest region. Seattle is one of the top-50 “most populous” cities in the country, and as a matter of fact was the fastest-growing of those 50 cities.

Seattle is a port city and boasts an excellent climate year round… if you like rain. People come here for the rugged scenery, the cool climate, the business opportunities, and of course the history of the region.

In order to accommodate the new residents (Seattle adds some 10,000 new residents a year), there are plenty of apartments for rent, condominiums, as well as duplexes and triplexes. Home rental is also popular.

Seattle, named after a local Native American chief, was founded between 1851-1853, as a logging town. It became the “gateway” to Alaska during the Alaska Gold Rush of 1896, and by 1910 was the 25th largest city in the nation. Since that time there have been many booms and busts, but today Seattle’s economic position is secure with internet and technology companies abounding (in particular, green technology.)

West Seattle

This is the most historic region of the city because it is here that the city was founded, well over a hundred and fifty years ago. New residents of the city can find apartments for rent in brand new apartment buildings, or in buildings or homes that are almost that old! There are also museums and preserved buildings which attract the history-loving enthusiast to the region.

Seattle is divided into thirteen districts, and West Seattle comprises two of them, Delridge and Southwest. All of the city west of the Duwamish River belongs to West Seattle. As with other districts of Seattle, there are plenty of West Seattle apartments for rent here, as well as condominiums and single family homes.

Natural Attractions

Mountainscapes

From this area of the city, citizens and tourists are blessed with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains (and in particular Mount Olympus itself) to their west, and the Cascade Range to their east. The Cascade Range is of course home to Mount Baker and Mount Rainier, and during the season tourists flock here for the winter sports, while in summer and fall, hiking is popular.

Beaches and Parks

There are several saltwater beach parks here. The two most popular are Alki Beach Park and Lincoln Park. Allki Beach Park, the first public salt water beach on the Pacific North coast, runs along Elliot Bay between Alki Point and Duwamish Head. Alki Point, which extends out into Puget Sound, is the westernmost point, and is the site of the original white settlement of 1851-1853 (comprised of “the Denny Party”) that would grow into Seattle.

Lincoln Park runs along Puget Sound and is one of Seattle’s largest parks. It is extremely popular with both locals and tourists, with tennis courts, baseball fields, and even a heated saltwater swimming pool.

Top Attractions for Your Cebu Tour Package

The Philippine province of Cebu is known all over the world for its colorful street festivities that draws hordes of spectators every year. These celebrations never fail to attract international tourists who are obviously drawn to the resounding rhythm of Cebu’s street beats and magnificent street dancing shows. On top of that, the place is also replete with historical monuments that pays tribute to the past, making a trip to Cebu a virtual tour of Philippine history and culture. Needless to say, there are also various natural scenery that will add up to a traveler’s delightful stay in Cebu. As a brief overview, any of the following highlights can make an unforgettable Cebu tour package.

The Cathedral

Tracing its history from way back in 1591, the Cathedral is one of Philippine monuments that has been a witness to the country’s history of about 400 years under Spanish rule. The original structure was actually built from wood, bamboo, and nipa. It served as the center of a diocese covering the areas of Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and the Marianas Islands.

Kawasan Falls

Kawasan Falls is a multi-level natural waterfalls system located about 130 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. It is composed of three levels of waterfalls, each succeeding the other. An uphill trek of 30 minutes from a barangay towards a mountainous area leads to the first waterfall. To reach the second waterfall, another uphill trek of about 15 minutes is needed, and so on until the third level of waterfalls is reached. Shops selling souvenirs are available for visitors who wish to have a memorabilia of their

Kawasan adventure.

The Heritage of Cebu Monument

The Heritage of Cebu Monument is a tableau of sculptures of bronze, brass, concrete, and steel. The sculptures was elegantly designed to depict the history of Cebu through an artistic rendition of different historical scenes. Construction of the monument began in July 1997 and was finally completed in December 2000.

Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro is known as the oldest and smallest tri-bastion fort in the Philippines. It is also the center of the first Spanish settlement in the country. It has a total inside floor area of 2,025 square meters, with walls measuring 20 feet in height and 8 feet thick. Tower height is at 30 feet above ground level. Fort San Pedro also served as an American Warwick Barracks during the American occupation. Later, it also served as classrooms used by Cebu locals to obtain formal education.

Ho Chi Minh Tour Package: Top Attractions and Activities

Ho Chi Minh, also known as Saigon, was once considered as the “Pearl of the Far East”. This says something about the hidden charm that is only akin to this particular Vietnamese city. For although it is not as romantic as other travel destinations in Vietnam like Hanoi, for instance, this place nevertheless has its own set of characteristic features and point of attractions that places it on equal footing with other travel destinations around the world. In fact, Ho Chi Minh tour package, featuring any of the following top attractions and activities around the area, draw hordes of visitors from around the world, and taking a look at the listed attractions and activities below can help to establish why this is so.

Floating Markets in Mekong Delta

A sprawl of about 39,000 square kilometers, Mekong Delta is not only famous for its rich biodiversity that supports over 10,000 newly discovered biological species, but it is also known for the unique cultural tradition of the human community that inhabits it. A must see in the Mekong Delta are the Floating Markets. Especially in the morning, visiting the markets through a small sampan together with a local guide will give visitors a firsthand experience of the markets’ colorful and relaxed ambiance. Fruits and vegetables from local producers are directly available from the sellers boats, while sampans also serve as mobile cafes offering soft drinks, iced tea, and strong noodle soup.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Located in Ho Chi Minh City Cu Chi district, the Cu Chi tunnels is a large network of interconnecting tunnels. This, in turn, is also connected to other tunnels traversing the underground of Vietnam. The Cu Chi Tunnels wa used by the Viet Cong’s for military purposes during the Vietnam War. It served as a communication and supply route, food and weapon cache, a hiding spot, a hospital, and living quarters.

Ho Chi Minh Cultural City Tour

Ho Chi Minh is widely noted for its immigrant inhabitants, so a tour around will give visitors an insight into the unique local culture that is a product of various cultures existing in the city. An unforgettable cultural tour of the city includes a visit to several Chinese Markets as well as the magnificent Thien Hau pagoda. Taking an extra step further towards experiencing the local community life, lantern making activity is also offered to visitors.

Ho Chi Minh of course has other equally beautiful and satisfying attractions and activities. The three listed above are just some of the attractions and activities that make traveling in this city a rewarding activity.