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Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

1. 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: 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 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: Sightseeing Bus Tour with the Ballard Locks

3. Seattle: Sightseeing Bus Tour with the Ballard Locks

Discover the jewel of the Pacific Northwest on this guided sightseeing tour of Seattle. Hop aboard a spacious and airconditioned bus for trip to neighborhoods like Ballard and Queen Anne. Gain insights into the city with the help of your local guide.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from a centrally-located meeting point close to the Space Needle. Board the comfortable bus and begin your journey through Seattle's highlights. Cruise through districts like Ballard and Queen Anne and see how culture and architectural diversity make each area unique. Explore the gardens and boat locks, and salmon ladder at the Ballard locks. Admire the the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound, the vast green forests, and the local mountains from the viewpoint at Kerry Park. Visit the greenspace on the shores of Lake Union at Gas Works Park. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Ballard Locks Fish Ladder

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 100 reviews

From start to finish this was an above and beyond experience. It included history, science and humanity and was comfortable and enjoyable. Our guide, DC, was very knowledgeable and communicated well with children and adults. I liked the small size of the group and how we were welcomed individually. I appreciated being dropped off at my next activity rather than the meeting place. The tour was well organized to be able to drive around, see many different places, hear interesting stories as well as science and history and fit it all into our time frame. I have already recommended this tour to another traveler I met here. I’m glad Inchise this one for my trip here.

I wish I had done this at the beginning of my vacation instead of the end. I saw so many things that I would have liked to go back to explore more.

Our guide was very personal and very attentive to my husband who uses a cane!

It was informative. Showed parts of city we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

A great overview of Seattle and surrounding areas.