The hill, as it is known by the locals, originally got its name from early settlers when it was still the planned site for the Washington state capitol. It was the epicenter for the grunge rock revolution of the late 80's and early 90's. Man thoroughfares include, Pine, Pike and Broadway.
Located northeast of Downtown, north of the Central District, and west of Madison Valley, Capitol Hill encompases quite a large area and is home to what's probably Seattle's largest gay community and also a significant homeless population. Just to the south is First Hill. Probably the most well-known area is the commercial strip along Broadway, also home to Seattle Central Community College and two popular Landmark art house movie theaters (the Egyptian and the Harvard Exit).
There are several parks in Capitol Hill, including Volunteer Park, where you can climb the water tower and get a beautiful view of the surrounding area, including the old mansions around the park.
Capitol Hill is known for its vibrant and young community. Very few traditional families call Capitol Hill home. As a result, there are multiple venues in which to play pool, listen to great music or have a drink with friends. Popular destinations include Linda's, Cha Cha's, Chop Suey and Neumos.