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2/20/2011--Seattle, WA, USA..Narrow stairs lead to the top of the Volunteer Park Water Tower in Volunteer Park (1247 15th Avenue East, 206-684-4075, www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=399), a ten-minute cab or bus ride from downtown at the north end of Capitol Hill, has gardens designed a century ago by the Olmsted Brothers, a conservatory bursting with tropical foliage and flowers, and a squat brick water tower (shown here)that you can ascend for terrific views of the city below and the mountains and water beyond.  Rain or shine, it's the ideal place for spring orientation...©2011 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.