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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.

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Seattle CityPASS®: Save 46% at 5 Top Attractions

2. 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 shimmering lights is the big draw. 2. Seattle Aquarium Discover playful sea otters, graceful octopuses, luminous moon jellies and more. Be amazed by the “Window on Washington Waters” - a 120,000-gallon exhibit with daily dive shows. Touch live sea creatures in tide pools. Immerse yourself in the Underwater Dome’s 360-degree view. Take a virtual trip to the tropics in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. Learn about the Aquarium’s mission: Inspiring Conservation of the Marine Environment. Plus admission to 3 of the following: 3 Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Explore some of the most significant moments in rock music, science fiction and popular culture with hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts and award-winning exhibitions featuring luminaries in the fields of music, literature, television, and video games. 4 Woodland Park Zoo Take a global journey at Woodland Park Zoo—a 92-acre oasis teeming with 300+ animal species in lush, spacious settings. Discover the world of gorillas, rhinos, red pandas, lions, birds, reptiles and more. Meet charismatic ambassador animals at outdoor theater programs. Explore Zoomazium’s indoor nature play space for kids. Experience free-flying butterflies in a seasonal garden and stroll through a 2½-acre Rose Garden. 5 Chihuly Garden & Glass Immerse yourself in a world where curiosity, creativity and color come to life. Visit the Galleries, ever-changing Glass Garden and signature Glasshouse, where you’ll be inspired by artist Dale Chihuly’s innovation and passion. Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour (Reopening May 28, 2021) Learn about Seattle on this entertaining 1-hour, live-narrated cruise of Elliott Bay and the Seattle Harbor. Take in views of the city skyline, mountains, shipping terminals, and historic neighborhoods. Save 46% on prepaid admission to 5 must-see attractions: Space Needle Seattle Aquarium Plus your choice of admission to 3 of the following attractions: Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour (reopening May 28th) Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Woodland Park Zoo Chihuly Garden and Glass

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Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

3. 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. Sample 12 delights at 6 places. Choose from group and private options. Travel to 6 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. 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.

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Seattle: One-Way Locks Cruise

4. 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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Skagway: 2-Hour Private White Pass Summit Tour

5. Skagway: 2-Hour Private White Pass Summit Tour

Start your afternoon with a brief tour through historic downtown Skagway, inside the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Learn about the gold rush, while traveling north on the S. Klondike Highway, following the Trail of '98 over the White Pass Mountains. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour, as your guide stops for scenery and photos while narrating the harrowing tale of the stampeders as they crossed the White Pass Mountains. You will have chances to see local wildlife during this tour; these mountains are home to mountain goats, marmot, willow ptarmigan, and black bear. Travel farther north through Canadian Customs, for more chances at wildlife, and deep, clean mountain lakes. On the drive back to Skagway, marvel at the glaciated and snow-capped north faces of the White Pass mountains. Your guide will drop you off at the end of your tour, right back at your ship or hotel.

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What people are saying about Seattle

Took my family from out of town on this tour and we loved it. Dave was so insightful and we were delighted to find how respectful and educational this tour is of the indigenous tribes that occupied this area before the settlers arrived. We learned so much about everything from how Seattle was founded and built to relevant facts about the city as it is today (with a ton of good restaurant and neighborhood recommendations). If you want to learn more about the Seattle this hour long tour is the best thing you could do. I would do this again in a heartbeat with other visitors.

Great tour. The guide was interesting, and the sites were fascinating. We learned so much about the history of Seattle.

Our guide was e x c e l l e n t! Lost the business card but I believe his name was Richard.

very small group and all questions were answered with intrigue

So fascinating! Such a great historian was our tour guide!