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Seattle: Space Needle & Chihuly Garden and Glass Ticket

1. 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.

Seattle: Underground Walking Tour

2. 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.

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

From Seattle: Mount Rainier Full-Day Tour

4. 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

5. 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: City Harbor Cruise

6. 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: Emerald City Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

7. Seattle: Emerald City Ghosts Haunted Walking 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.

Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

8. 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

9. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle on a guided minibus tour. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard the climate-controlled minibus 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 that are thrown at the market.  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 country.  Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas by 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 distinctive Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum. Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a 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 Elliot Bays meets the waters of Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont. See the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Lenin. Make your way back downtown for convenient at a downtown attraction of your choosing or your hotel.

Seattle: Adults Only Guided Ghost Tour at Night

10. Seattle: Adults Only Guided Ghost Tour at Night

Leave the kids behind and delve into Seattle's macabre haunted history on an adults-only ghost tour. Learn about the city's seedier ghosts, whose hauntings are on the darker side. Your tour begins at The London Plane Cafe. You'll then head over to Occidental Square. From here, head to the J and M Café, a historic hangout considered to be the oldest bar in all of Seattle. Listen to stories about the "Wide Open Days", a time when gambling was tolerated due to a lack of authority in the city. Then, continue to Luigi's to discover the place where the ghosts of Seattle go to dine. See the haunted Cadillac Hotel and visit the Memorial to Fallen Firefighters to hear about the most destructive fire in the city's history. Head to Merchant's Cafe and Saloon, one of the oldest restaurants still operating from its original location, and let your guide tell you about the ghosts that haunt the building. Finally, stop by the oldest skyscraper in Seattle, Smith Tower.

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What people are saying about Seattle

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 98 reviews

Our 3 hour trip was brilliant. The guide James was very knowledgeable and provided us with some excellent places to eat and drink. The group was no bigger that 14 people which suited us lovely as everyone stayed together and there was no waiting around.

Jennifer was our guide and we had a great time! She was very friendly and a great storyteller; more importantly she seemed very knowledgeable about the underground and Seattle history. We were able to learn a lot and have a really great time doing it.

Very enjoyable, good history of old Seattle. Lots of steps and incline up and down. I’m 60, and walk with a cane, but still doable. My older teens loved it!

Bring a credit/debit card, no cash payments on site. Monorail takes you directly to the Space Needle. There are plenty of restaurants on the property.

was very informative and the guide loved to do these tours!