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Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

1. Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

Take this 1-hour journey back in time and allow your guide to take you below the streets of Seattle. Explore over four city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and wander through three underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890's. Learn the historical details leading to the birth of Seattle as it is knows today, and the decision to raise the city streets out of the swampy grounds. See where retaining walls were added alongside the streets and filled to make new roads several feet above where they originally stood.

Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

2. Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

Experience the stunning views of Seattle from the Space Needle with a timed entry ticket. Take a stroll through the imaginative artwork of Dale Chihuly with admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get access to both of these must-see attractions in one day. Exchange your voucher at the Space Needle and enjoy a thrilling 42-second elevator ride with views of the Seattle Center, the Puget Sound, and mountains. Step out on The Loupe, the world’s first and only revolving glass floor, for never-before-seen views of the structure and city. Lean into tilting glass walls on the open-air outdoor observation deck. Float over Seattle on one of 24 angled glass benches perched around the outdoor deck. After taking in the all-new thrilling views at the Space Needle, immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get an insight into the inspiration and influences that drive the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Make your way through the exhibition’s eight interior galleries before heading out to the richly landscaped outdoor garden and glasshouse centerpiece. Be moved as you experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant work. Enjoy complimentary digital photo downloads and get access to daily gallery talks and live glass demonstrations. Admission includes a complimentary audio tour that you can downloaded to your smartphone.

Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

On a sightseeing Seattle bus tour, sit back and relax as the tour takes you to the city's most popular and most important sights. Hop on and hop off at any of the allocated tour stops to explore the sights that interest you the most. As you travel, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the open-top deck on the bus, plus a wonderful audio commentary giving you all the information you need. Hop off at popular landmarks including the Space Needle, one of the cities tallest structures and home to a wonderful observation deck and revolving restaurant. With the Premium Ticket, not only will you have access to all 16 bus stops, but you can enjoy a stunning Scenic Panoramic Tour which gives you completely unrivalled views of the city. This ticket also includes a walking tour in the Pioneer Square Historic District, allowing you to take an intricate look at some of Seattle's fascinating past.  Must See Seattle Route highlights: • Space Needle • Historic Chinatown Gate • Seattle Central Library • Capitol Hill & Jimi Hendrix Statue • Paramount Theatre

Seattle: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

4. Seattle: Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Dive deep into Seattle’s past to discover why these ghosts still walk their specific haunts. Expect to be spooked, fascinated, and entertained - all at once. Meet some of Seattle’s most infamous ghosts. Listen to the ghost stories that are based on extensive research and on real, verified ghost sightings. Whether you’re in town for vacation, traveling on business, or you live in Seattle and want a fun and surprising night on the town.

From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

5. From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

Visit Mount Rainier with a professional tour guide and discover all that this national park has to offer on this full-day tour. After meeting in downtown Seattle, hop in a comfortable 22-passenger minibus with large windows, high back seats, and air-conditioning and head straight to the park. Experience old-growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows, and thundering waterfalls on this tour of glacier-clad Mt. Rainier. Hike and walk a little, a lot, or not at all: there are options for all abilities. Enjoy lunch at a Mount Rainier café or buy a picnic lunch along the way. After lunch, visit the interpretive center at Paradise to learn even more about the mountain’s glaciers, plants, and animals. Return to Seattle through pastoral farmlands and memorable Pacific Northwest scenery. Make a final stop at Wapiti Woolies and try the famous huckleberry ice cream.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

6. Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Seattle on a 3-hour guided, small-group tour covering almost 50 miles including three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and a city skyline viewpoint for unforgettable photo opportunities. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Pike Place Market • Olympic and Cascade Mountain views • Seattle waterfront • Historic Pioneer Square • Waterfall Garden Park • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • T-mobile Park and CenturyLink field • Chinatown and International District • Lake Washington • I-90 Floating Bridge • Mercer Island • Puget Sound views • Panoramic Seattle city views • Fremont neighborhood and Troll • Lake Union and Ship Canal • Fishermen’s Terminal • Ballard Locks/salmon ladder • Discovery Park • Scenic Magnolia Bluff with its stunning homes and views • Seattle Center & MoPop

Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

7. Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the Emerald City, and discover the best Seattle has to offer. At each location, you will taste a curated sample of the best donuts. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include Top Pot Doughnuts, Dahlia Bakery, and Daily Dozen Doughnuts, all of which are authentic donut institutions. This 2-hour walking tour is led by a passionate donut expert, who will guide you to some of Seattle's best donut locales. The tour can cater to all size groups, both large and small. The donut tour is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

8. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle with a courteous and knowledgeable guide, and explore the city like a local. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard a minivan and drive through the bustling downtown retail district into Pike Place Market. See where the world's first Starbucks coffeehouse opened, and keep a look out for flying fish! Admire the diverse architectural styles as you cruise from the award-winning, ultra-modern public library to the greatest concentration of early 20th-century Romanesque architecture in the USA. Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas practically across the street from the Port of Seattle. See the International District with its diverse pan-Asian community and artistic presence. Journey past King Street Station and Union Station, and continue to the waterfront before making your way past the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum (also known as the "Museum of Pop Culture" or "MoPOP"). Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a picture-postcard photo opportunity. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Rainier and experience a vista that will take your breath away. Take an interactive tour of the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder, and learn about the miraculous lifecycle of Northwest Salmon. Watch as commercial boats navigate through the government locks, where the saltwater of Elliot Bay meets the freshwater of the Cascade Mountains, Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont and see the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Vladimir Lenin from the Cold War-era Soviet Union. Then, make your way back downtown for convenient drop-offs at all downtown attractions or your hotel if you prefer.

Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

9. Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Reintroduce yourself to chocolate and the cacao bean with this tour of Seattle's chocolate. Learn the story behind each tasting, the history of cacao, and the importance of chocolate in this city. Travel to 8 local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers which may include Cupcake Royale, Tom Douglas's Dahlia Bakery, Indi Chocolate, Joe Chocolate, The Confectional, and Fran's Chocolates. Taste 12 samples of some of the finest chocolate in the city. Each stop of the tour offers a unique taste and tells one part of the vast story of the cacao bean. Eat a hero's dose of cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, pie, drinking chocolate, and truffles. Try dark, milk, and white chocolate. Eat your fill and have some extra to pack away for later, or impress your guide by finishing it all. Listen as your guide puts each bite into context, both historically and as it relates to the culture of Seattle and the core values of Pike Place Market.

Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

10. Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

Take a ride on a boat elevator during a 2-hour cruise departing from the Seattle Waterfront or South Lake Union. On this 1-way cruise, venture through Elliott Bay, Ballard Locks, and Lake Union. Enjoy spectacular views and experience first-hand the transition between salt and fresh water on this exciting ride. During the journey, get a feel for what it means to follow the tides of the Puget Sound, as the boat is lifted and lowered in the Ballard Locks. Fully-narrated and full of fun facts, bring the whole family along for an entertaining and informative experience. Glide past large fishing vessels docked to unload their catch, seaplanes landing or taking off, the fascinating Gasworks Park, and more.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 98 reviews

The tour was an excellent thing to do when you first arrive in a city to get an overall tour and then decide where to go back and spend more time. The driver/tour guide (Mark) was very informative and did many small things to make things good. He planned, communicated before and during the tour. He had umbrellas, made the needed bathroom stop.

The history of the Space Needle, exploring at the top and beauty of Chihuly gardens can’t be beat. We will definitely do it again the next time we are in Seattle.

We loved the tour. Jeff was welcoming and very guided us and entertained us throughout the trip. Highly recommend this tour.

The tour was informative and covered the entire city. James was knowledgeable and answered all questions. Highly recommend.

Unbelievable amazing views. Glass garden a must see also