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Pioneer Square Tours

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Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square, where Seattle’s founders first settled in 1852, is a bustling district in the southwest corner of downtown Seattle. The shop- and nightlife-laden neighborhood takes its name from the small, triangular cobblestone plaza known as Pioneer Square Park, and features a bust of Chief Seattle, an ornate pergola, and a totem pole.
 
The Basics
Its streets lined with trees and restored Victorian buildings, Pioneer Square is listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places. During the day, the area buzzes with locals and visitors alike perusing the antique shops and art galleries. When you’re not shopping or marveling at cutting-edge art, visit the Seattle Underground, a network of underground passageways and basements that are remnants of the original buildings here, many of which were destroyed in the Great Seattle Fire in 1889. Come evening, Pioneer Square’s restaurant, bar, and nightclub scene takes over, making this one of Seattle’s hottest night spots.
 
Most Seattle walking and other sightseeing tours include a stop at Pioneer Square in combination with other nearby highlights such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chinatown, and the Smith Tower. The Seattle Underground tour takes you through the interconnected tunnels of the neighborhood.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Walking tours are the best way to get to know the neighborhood’s history and cultural offerings.
  • Pioneer Square deserves two visits: one to patronize the local boutiques galleries during daylight hours, and one to sample the bustling nightlife.
  • Parking around Pioneer Square can be tough. Plan to join a guided tour with transportation or arrive via public transportation.
 
How to Get There
Pioneer Square, like the rest of downtown Seattle, is easily accessible by bus and streetcar. The neighborhood lacks definitive borders, but is bounded roughly by Alaskan Way South on the west, South King Street on the south, 5th Avenue South on the east, and between one and two blocks north of Yesler Way. Nearby are the International District, Waterfront Park, and Union Station.
 
When to Get There
Pioneer Square offers different pleasures at different times of day: boutiques and historical landmarks during the day, and a buzzy nightlife scene after dark. Most locals would recommend visiting Seattle from June to September; the city lives up to its rainy reputation for the remainder of the year.
 
Klondike Gold Rush History
During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 to ’98, Pioneer Square was a hot spot for “stampeders” heading up to Alaska. Their stopover business is part of what made the neighborhood prosperous. Now the area is host to part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park; the other part of the park is located in Skagway, Alaska.
Address: Cherry Street and 1st Avenue South, Seattle, USA
Admission: Free
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25 Tours and Activities to Experience Pioneer Square

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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided walking tour. Explore the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of the Emerald City more than 120 years ago. Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that transformed this once-small Indigenous dwelling place into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
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  • 1 hour
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Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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$79.00
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4-Hour Seattle City Tour

4-Hour Seattle City Tour

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It might seem a little bit intimidating exploring one of the largest cities in Washington and the Pacific Northwest region all on your own, but there’s no need to stress. This 4-hour guided tour helps you conquer all the hot spots of Seattle, including the Space Needle, China Town, and T-Mobile Park. Your guide knows all the quickest ways around, so you can see more in less time.  
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  • 4 hours
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$66.66
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3-Hour Seattle City Tour

3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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Experience the best of Seattle on this small-group minibus tour in and around the Emerald City. Visit great attractions in downtown Seattle and at the Seattle waterfront. Travel to Pioneer Square, Chinatown and International District, plus Seattle Center (with the iconic Space Needle), hopping out for photo ops throughout the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.29
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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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See the best of Seattle on this private, 3-hour, sightseeing tour. Pick and choose the sites and attractions with the most appeal and let an expert guide lead the way. Consider the many options: the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront. How about Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, or the Ballard Locks? Get sweeping views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. This customizable tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
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$251.29
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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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Check out Seattle’s latest attractions and hip culture on this 1.5-hour, guided sightseeing tour around the city. Drive by must-see sites like popular Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and the iconic Space Needle. See Kurt Cobain’s former home as well as a certain floating house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.' With lively narration and some of Seattle’s best music playing, this is sure to be a tour that is both educational and entertaining. Transportation by minibus. Hotel pickup is included for customers staying at downtown Seattle hotels, South Lake Union area hotels, or university area hotels.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$42.00
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Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

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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.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$148.00
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

This private photo session gives you 30 minutes with a professional photographer in Seattle. Capture your most memorable moments on camera at a location of your choosing, such as Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, or Seattle Center—ideal for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. The high-quality photo package makes for a great souvenir.
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  • 30 minutes
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$272.44
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

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Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Seattle and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Seattle, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour
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$381.42
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Seattle

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Seattle and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Seattle, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Seattle Scavenger Hunt: Plunging Seattle’s Depths

Seattle Scavenger Hunt: Plunging Seattle’s Depths

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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
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  • 2 hours
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Private Auto-guided Tour of Seattle

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Private Auto-guided Tour of Seattle

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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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1-Day Seattle Tour ( Seattle departure ) SE1

1-Day Seattle Tour ( Seattle departure ) SE1

1. Wonderful adventure brings you unprecedented experience 2. Traditional Pike Place Market: Alaska crab & the world’s first Starbucks
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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Queen Anne True Crime Tour

Queen Anne True Crime Tour

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This is a scenic tour traveling through historical neighborhoods with some true crime featured as well. It is an unique way to see Seattle and hear about Seattle's interesting past. It combines sightseeing along with some dark history of the city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Family Adventure Walking Tour In Seattle

Family Adventure Walking Tour In Seattle

We know that city breaks as a family can be unpredictable to say the least, but in a city like Seattle, that won’t be a problem! Whatever their age, however fussy your little ones can be with food and in spite of the rain that might fall, there’s always something to top that will keep the whole family happy! Seattle is packed with interactive museums like the Pacific Science Centre, opportunities to get active outdoors by canoeing on Lake Union or exploring Discovery Park with its forest trails and Native American Cultural Centre, and rainy day options like the Aquarium. So let a local show you the family side of this dynamic, modern city so you can make new memories and create the perfect family break in Seattle!
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  • 3 hours
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Pre-Cruise Seattle Sightseeing Tour

Pre-Cruise Seattle Sightseeing Tour

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Transfer from your airport hotel to the cruise terminal — and tour Seattle in between — on this 3-hour pre-cruise city tour. See Seattle's most popular attractions, including the Space Needle and the original Starbucks, on this fully narrated excursion that includes pickup from your airport hotel and drop-off at the cruise terminal around noon.
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  • 3 hours
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Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

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See Seattle like a local on a private shore excursion that takes in all the highlights of this famous Northwest city. While your ship is in port, take private transport to must-see locales such as the Chinatown-International District, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and Queen Anne Hill. The 3-hour tour includes stops to explore Seattle’s food, shopping and entertainment. You can even get out to view Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the top of the Space Needle (own expense).
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  • 3 hours
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$251.29
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Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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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.
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  • 3 hours
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$569.00
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Seattle Private Tour for 2-6

Seattle Private Tour for 2-6

Explore Seattle’s highlights on this customizable excursion. After a convenient hotel or airport pickup, head out with an informative driver/guide and check out must-see spots like the Space Needle, historic Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, Amazon headquarters, and Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Learn about the city, personalize your experience to suit your interests, and enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch at a waterfront restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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$275.25
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Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Seattle with licensed tour guide

Private 3-hour Walking Tour of Seattle with licensed tour guide

Make the best of your visit to Seattle and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and stories that Seattle has to offer in this 3 hour guided walking tour. The final itinerary is of course adjustable to your personal interests about Seattle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$400.40
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Private 3-hour City Tour of Seattle with driver/guide - Hotel or port pick up

Private 3-hour City Tour of Seattle with driver/guide - Hotel or port pick up

Firstly your licensed driver/guide will pick you up in your desired place in Seattle. Get a chance to visit unique sites like Pioneer Square, Kerry Park, The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and much more during this private tour of Seattle. You can customise the itinerary with your guide in case you are interested in visiting a particular place.
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  • 3 hours
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Private 3-hour City Tour of Seattle with driver & guide - Hotel or port pick up

Private 3-hour City Tour of Seattle with driver & guide - Hotel or port pick up

Firstly your licensed tour guide and your private driver will pick you up in your desired place in Seattle. Get a chance to visit unique sites like Pioneer Square, Kerry Park, The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and much more during this private tour of Seattle. You can customise the itinerary with your guide in case you are interested in visiting a particular place.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$848.13
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Private 5-hour City Tour of Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls with driver/guide

Private 5-hour City Tour of Seattle and Snoqualmie Falls with driver/guide

Firstly your licensed driver/guide will pick you up in your desired place in Seattle. Get a chance to visit unique sites like Pioneer Square, Kerry Park, The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and much more during this private tour of Seattle. After Seattle you will drive to Snoqualmie Falls. Located 30 minutes outside of the city the falls are the most famous waterfall in Washington and most popular attraction. After visiting the waterfall you will drive back to Seattle. You can customise the itinerary with your guide in case you are interested in visiting a particular place.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$788.67
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