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Fremont Bridge

Cross an iconic drawbridge that links two of Seattle’s coolest neighborhoods. Enjoy views of the canal from the historic structure.

Walk across the Fremont Bridge in both directions and gaze out from the sides. See the busy highway of Aurora Bridge to the east and leafy footpaths running along trendy office areas to the west. The bridge is a beloved feature in the landscape of Fremont, instantly recognizable for its orange and blue paint.

Fremont Bridge was opened on independence day in 1917 and has been in operation since then. The structure is one of the most frequently opened drawbridges in the U.S. Light rail tracks used to cross the bridge into Fremont, but the network closed in the early 20th century, sending the neighborhood into decline.

Inspect the Waiting for the Interurban statue. This cast aluminum sculpture of workers waiting for the now defunct railway is located near the northern end of the bridge. Today, a popular Fremont tradition involves dressing the figures up in clothes with personal meanings.

Wait to see the double-leaf bascule bridge rise to make way for water traffic. The busy waterway below means that the bridge raises its roads about 35 times a day so you won’t have to wait for too long to see it. While waiting to cross, look for a neon light in the shape of Rapunzel.

Stroll along one of the footpaths either side of the road crossing. Note the unique blue and orange painting of the girders, a color scheme that was voted upon by the people of Seattle in 1985.

Take some time to explore the nearby neighborhood of Fremont. Neighboring Aurora Bridge hides a colossal Fremont Troll sculpture, while the district itself is packed with lively markets, cool cafés and flamboyant festivals. Offices for Google and Adobe lie on the riverbanks directly next to the bridge.

Fremont Bridge links the neighborhoods of Fremont and Queen Anne, northwest of Downtown Seattle. Find bus stops on either end of the bridge, as well as walking routes along the river that provide some of the best views of the bridge in action.


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Mediterranean Inn $159
Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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Mediterranean Inn

Mediterranean Inn

425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
     
    4.3 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Good location! Easy for walking to Seattle Center, also good restaurants within walking distance.

    Hyatt Regency Seattle $191
    Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019
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    Hyatt Regency Seattle

    Hyatt Regency Seattle

    808 Howell St, Seattle, WA
       
      4.5 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I like the location of this property. Within the room, I liked chromecast option which I used heavily during my stay. Even when I had a casting problem, both phone and local technician support was awesome and able to solve my issues quickly. Thanks for that.

      Luxury Houseboat Best Location in Seattle 3-br
      Luxury Houseboat Best Location in Seattle 3-br

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      Seattle, Washington
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Fremont, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Union and Seattle Pacific University. University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Stroll to the Troll Townhouse Walkable to Everything in Fremont! Only a 10 Min to Downtown!
        Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
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        Stroll to the Troll Townhouse Walkable to Everything in Fremont! Only a 10 Min to Downtown!

        Stroll to the Troll Townhouse Walkable to Everything in Fremont! Only a 10 Min to Downtown!

        Seattle, Washington
           
          4.6 of 5
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The space is lovely and we enjoyed how close we were to various attractions. A smaller car is ideal for parking. We appreciated the directions provided to get to the townhouse as the entrance does not face the street.

          Stroll to the Troll Townhouse - Three Bedroom Home with Fireplace
          Stroll to the Troll Townhouse - Three Bedroom Home with Fireplace

          Stroll to the Troll Townhouse - Three Bedroom Home with Fireplace

          N 35th St, Seattle, WA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Fremont, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Fremont Troll and Lake Union. University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont $164
            Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019
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            Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont

            Staybridge Suites Seattle - Fremont

            3926 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA
               
              4.5 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              everything. the price, the room. the breakfast. the cleanliness

              Luxury Houseboat Best in Seattle 3BR
              Luxury Houseboat Best in Seattle 3BR

              Luxury Houseboat Best in Seattle 3BR

              901 1/2 North Northlake Way Plaque 790, Seattle, WA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Fremont, this houseboat is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fremont Troll, Lake Union, and Seattle Pacific University. University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Comfort and Grace on Queen Anne Hill $363
                Comfort and Grace on Queen Anne Hill

                Comfort and Grace on Queen Anne Hill

                33B Etruria St, Seattle, WA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Queen Anne, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Pacific University and Lake Union. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and Kerry Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).