Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit Tours
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Seattle was a stopover on the rush to find gold in Alaska, and the city grew rich by selling supplies to would-be miners. Discover that wild, short-lived era at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit in Seattle, where documentary films and two floors of exhibits tell the stories of bold explorers from the city’s early days.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park offers free admission to its Seattle location in the historic Cadillac Hotel. (There are three other locations in Skagway, Alaska.) The park is a stop on some tours of Seattle. Visitors enjoy watching gold panning demonstrations and movies about the gold rush, as well as browsing the on-site museum exhibits.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This is a must-visit for history buffs, and family-friendly activities make it fun for children, as well.
- Get tips on visiting Skagway gold rush locations in Alaska from on-site rangers.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the national historical park.
How to Get There
Located on South Jackson Street in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a short distance from several public transit stops. To reach the museum, travel to the King Street Amtrak Station or bus stops on Jackson Street, First Avenue South, and Second Avenue. Limited street parking and multiple parking garages are also available nearby.
When to Get There
From mid-June through early September, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is open daily. For the rest of the year, the park is open Tuesday through Sunday. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, and it closes early the day before each of these holidays.
Why is Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Important for Seattle?
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the Klondike Gold Rush gave the city’s economy a badly needed boost. A prime location as the departure point for Alaska meant that Seattle could profit from the dreams of gold-hungry miners headed north. By the time the gold rush ended, Seattle had more than doubled in size.
Address: Skagway, Alaska 99840, USA
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit
Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour around town. Hop in a mini-coach and enjoy a relaxing ride to the city’s most popular attractions, like the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many more, including a great view of Mt. Rainier. Hotel pickup and port drop-off are included. Luggage will be safely stowed during the tour, and a timely return to the cruise port is guaranteed.
See the best of Seattle on this sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in a spacious coach as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions. See the iconic Space Needle (admission included) with stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. There’s Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront, plus Pioneer Square. The list goes on. This tour includes convenient hotel pickup.
Get to know the landscape of Seattle on a private sightseeing tour that provides an introduction to the city--great for the start of your stay. Traveling in a Suburban (avoid the bus tours), you'll pass by Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other major attractions across seven neighborhoods. Along the way, stop for photo ops and learn about local history.
Downtown Seattle is where it all began, a small logging town that gave rise to one of America’s greatest cities. On today’s epic scavenger hunt, we’ll loop through Pioneer Square, Downtown and Chinatown in search of public art, monumental buildings and diverse cultures ranging from Sunday morning mahjong to Monday Night Football. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your adventure around Downtown Seattle today! What You'll See: Pioneer Square, Chinatown, CenturyLink Field
Go on a walking tour of Seattle where you will play a city game following clues and solving puzzles to find out historic information about Seattle and the events around the Klondike Gold Rush. You’ll also learn about Seattle Underground and the Great Seattle Fire, while touring many of the historic locations in downtown Seattle. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you answer the questions, solve the challenge, or guess the answer, the secret story of each place is unlocked. The city game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What's the best way to experience Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit?
The best ways to experience Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit are:
- Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
- Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour
- Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market
- Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
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