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Our most recommended Seattle Architecture Tours

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: One-Way Locks Cruise

2. 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.

Seattle Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. 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.

Iconic Seattle: City Exploration Game

4. 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, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt.

Skagway: Self-Guided Gold Rush Audio Tour

5. Skagway: Self-Guided Gold Rush Audio Tour

Explore the historic and exciting city of Skagway in the state of Alaska. Home to another major city during the Gold Rush days, you will learn about the boom that took hold of this city whilst you visit the Klondike Gold Rush N.H.P Museum. On this audio tour you will discover the many walks and trails surrounding the city along with locals dressed in period clothing. You will also see the Klondike Gold Rush N.H.P Visitors Centre, the Martin Itjen House, Jeff Smith's Parlour, the Arctic Brotherhood Hall, the Golden North Hotel, and the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad Depot. This well preserved and historical city of Skagway will take you on an educational audio tour as you learn about its Gold Rush days and historical buildings. You will learn about establishments such as the iconic Red Onion Saloon, as well as the incredible Historic Moore Homestead.

Seattle: Night Tour with Local Guide

6. Seattle: Night Tour with Local Guide

Explore Seattle’s many interesting and diverse neighborhoods during a 2-hour tour through the city. Hear wonderful stories and anecdotes about the Emerald City from your knowledgeable and entertaining narrator. Start your tour as the sun sets over Seattle. Meet your friendly local guide at the meeting point before setting off on an adventure to discover the city. Become acquainted with various popular points of interest from Alki Beach to Queen Ann Hill. As the sun sets over the Olympic mountain range, take in Seattle’s most popular vista points with incredible views of the Emerald City skyline during this two-hour, live-guided night tour. Return home with unforgettable images etched in your mind of Elliot Bay, the Puget Sound, and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Seattle: Capitol Hill Art and Music Tour with a Local

7. Seattle: Capitol Hill Art and Music Tour with a Local

Meet your local guide at your hotel then set out onto the colorful streets of Seattle’s Capitol Hill. 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. Customize the tour to suit your interests and spend the day exploring the very best art and cultural venues that the city has to offer. Throughout the day, listen to your guide's fascinating insight and knowledge of the city, and receive tips and tricks to enhance your stay. Perhaps you’ll visit the Olympic Sculpture Park, or the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. Maybe the Seattle Center’s Space Needle is more appealing to you, or a trip to the Museum of Pop Culture. You could also stop by the Frye Art Museum, an intimate gallery which features a cluster of extraordinary exhibits. Or if you’re into cinema, check out the curved screen of the Cinerama which shows classic movies as well as first-run events. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a lunch break at the vibrant Pike Place Market. Soak up the authentic charm of this bustling market, and try some authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine while wandering between the artisan stalls.

Seattle: Book a Local Host

8. Seattle: Book a Local Host

Book this tour and the supplier team will contact you within 24 hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with a like-minded Local Seattleite. 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. Keeping in mind your personal answers they will put together a itinerary, just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. They will arrange a meeting with your guide in the most convenient place for you. If during the tour you feel like changing direction, or your guide believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, he/she will suggest and discuss changes to the itinerary with you. Enjoy discovering amazing spots in Seattle that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the Internet, because they are lesser known to the crowd but beloved by Locals! The day revolves around your wishes so enjoy your private meet-up and itinerary and let your Local show you the Seattle you will love.

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What people are saying about Seattle

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Use Uber as your transportation to avoid parking fees. Arrive on time and allow about an hour and a half if you’re driving on from the SW side of town. Get your tickets before hand online. They will have your name and ticket at the receptionist desk. Staff is extremely friendly and guide is well groomed and knowledgeable about the city and it’s humble beginnings. Wear comfortable shoes and be sure and use the restroom before the tour since there is no public restroom near the end of the tour. Overall a cool history class with fun facts about the city and its inhabitants.

We had a lot of fun. The story was engaging and it even got two teenagers excited to get to the end. Customer service was terrific, and when we were stumped on one clue and reached out for help, we were directed to a hint within a minute of requesting. I definitely will do this again in other cities that we visit - and maybe even at home.

I learned a great deal about the early history of Seattle, why the underground structure remains and the role it played.

Dave, our guide delivered a great background to Seattle’s history. We enjoyed the whole tour!

Bob was knowledgeable and entertaining and very personable. Really enjoyed the tour with him!