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  • Seattle CityPASS®: Save 46% at 5 Top Attractions

    1. Seattle CityPASS®: Save 46% at 5 Top Attractions

    The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to 5 of Seattle’s most famous attractions, including Seattle’s world-famous symbol, the Space Needle. Built-in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle towers over downtown, settling into the skyline with majestic mountains in the background. Other attractions included are the Seattle Aquarium, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Woodland Park Zoo, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, and Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. Seattle CityPASS includes admission to: 1. Seattle Space Needle Visit Seattle’s most iconic attraction—the Space Needle—located in the heart of the Seattle Center, originally the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. From the Space Needle’s saucer-shaped observation deck, visitors enjoy views of Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. For those who make the trip to the top after dark, the city’s expanse of shimmeri...

    Unlike a few other reviews on here I really enjoyed MoPop. Fantasy, horror, and Disney sections were great. Interesting to see items from our favorite shows over the years. The colored glass was amazing below the space needle. Also nice to go up the space needle twice. Once during the day and once near sundown. Aquarium and zoo were what one would expect. But nice location on the aquarium near Pikes Place city market. Overall a good time and visit to Seattle with our 12 year old daughter.

  • Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

    2. 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 contin...

    Initially, I thought 3 hrs. would be too long, but as it turned out, it wasn't. DC was our tour guide, and he is very knowledgeable about the city, especially seaport and fishing industry. We enjoyed the interactive nature of the tour and thought it was a good overview if the city. We felt is was well worth the price.

  • Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

    3. 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 ho...

    Loved the City Tour and highly recommend! Our guide Brian was awesome…entertaining and extremely knowledgeable!

  • Seattle: City Harbor Cruise

    4. Seattle: City Harbor Cruise

    Hop aboard a 1-hour cruise through Seattle’s famous Puget Sound. Departing from the city’s historic waterfront, you’ll have the opportunity to snap shots of iconic landmarks from an unimpeded viewpoint, all the while feeling the sea breeze on your face. Spot the Space Needle and Seattle’s skyline while listening to the on-board narration, learning about the diverse history of the Emerald City. On clear days, marvel at the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges as they stand tall in the distance, surrounding the entirety of the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the towering Mount Rainier in the distance, rising over 14,000 feet above sea level.

  • Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

    5. Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Enjoy a 3-hour self-guided MP3 audio tour of Seattle that comes with a fully detailed map of the area the tour covers. Explore the city that’s home to the first Starbucks store! Discover the wonders of Seattle, visiting the iconic Space Needle and the bustling Pike Place Market. Learn about the Gold Rush days on a visit to the famous Klondike Gold Rush Park. Stop at some of the many restaurants and cafés, and try some of the best seafood in the country. See Victor Steinbrueck Park, take in the views from Alki Point and ride the Monorail at Westlake Center. See the 5th Avenue Theater, the Seattle Art Museum and Pioneer Square. Enjoy your tour at your own pace.

  • Seattle: Private Highlights Experience with a Local

    6. Seattle: Private Highlights Experience with a Local

    This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Seattle. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Lace up your walking shoes, grab an umbrella if it looks like rain and get ready to hit the streets of Seattle with your local host. You could start by grabbing a coffee to go in one of the historic coffee houses and visit two of the city's top attractions - Pike Place Market and the Olympic Sculpture Park.  Your local host will point out the market's best arts and crafts vendors, where you can shop for distinctive gifts and souvenirs or pick-up a handmade pastry. Wander through the dark depths of the market to search out unusual specialty shops which tourists normally miss. Notice the contrast with the tacky tourist shops,...

  • Private Seattle Tour: Snoqualmie Falls & Wine Tasting

    7. Private Seattle Tour: Snoqualmie Falls & Wine Tasting

    Your private tour will start with Seattle's most historic landmark: Pike Place Market. Your guide will share the Market’s history and steer you to shops and eateries that would interest you. You'll have 45 minutes to browse the many stalls for edible delicacies. Maybe your next stop is actually Seattle's most famous landmark, the Space Needle. If time permits, take your group to the Observation Deck for outstanding views of the city or visit one of the other attractions located at the Seattle Center, such as the Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Children's Museum, the Chihuly Glass Museum, or the Pacific Science Center. You'll have about 45 minutes to explore the venue of your choice. You’ll visit Queen Anne Hill, known for its 19th-century homes along with an amazing panoramic view of the city and Elliot Bay below. Next, move on to a very unique place, Gas Works Park, located on the N...

  • Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

    8. Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

    Play an exploration game on your phone that takes you to the most iconic spots of Seattle, Washington. Enjoy the flexibility and safety of an activity ran entirely on an app. Use clues, solve problems, and unlock stories as you explore the city and learn its history. Start your exploration game at the Father and Son fountain. From there, simply follow the game route and instructions. Explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from any location where you paused it. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next stop. Visit the Seattle Cloud Cover, Anne Frank Chestnut Tree, Space Needle, and more. Choose to play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups to compete against each other and race to the final stop of the game. Try a new type of experience that’s the perfect mix between a tour, ou...

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4.8 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Initially, I thought 3 hrs. would be too long, but as it turned out, it wasn't. DC was our tour guide, and he is very knowledgeable about the city, especially seaport and fishing industry. We enjoyed the interactive nature of the tour and thought it was a good overview if the city. We felt is was well worth the price.

This was a truly amazing tour and the best part of it was our tour guide. David was simply a walking encyclopedia and so nice and kind. This is a must thing to do when in Seattle. My family and I truly recommend it. Thank you David !

DC was a excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about the history of Seattle.We really enjoyed and appreciated his knowledge.

Dave “DC” was fantastic narrator/driver. Created group comfort and provided very enjoyable experience.

Loved it!! Saw all the highlights for best value. Knowledgeable guide. GreT day!!