Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, and it wasn't always a pleasant place to visit. The Underground Tour ... More
Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
Pioneer Square is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, and it wasn't always a pleasant place to visit. The Underground Tour takes visitors around Pioneer Square above ground and also to a hidden Seattle that now lies underground. About 25 square blocks of Pioneer Square have hollow spaces under the sidewalks, thanks to peculiarities of the reconstruction after the great Seattle fire of 1889. Cash and traveler's checks only are accepted. ATM is on-site.
The tour was a bit overpriced for what it offered. It basically takes you under a couple of buildings in downtown Seattle and shows the viewer where the original city level was built. It's worth doing once, but not more than that.
It was very exciting to go under the streets of Seattle. It really gives you a different sense of the city. It is also very historic and that is why alot of schools in the state go to the underground tour of Seattle. With special "windows" in the street of different colors, the underground tour seems to constantly change depending on where you are at and the time of day. Definitly a major highlight of Seattle
A fun look at Seattle history with entertaining tour guides who know their stuff. They take probabably about 100 tourists each hour and split you up into smaller groups that disperse in different directions, so it's not too crowded. For $11 a pop, it's a good deal compared to other attractions in the city (the elevator to the top of the space needle is $13 per person).
But be warned that the tour goes beneath the city streets, which was a little claustrophobic feeling for some people in our group. There are also rats down there...my wife almost fainted dead away!
Well, if you are interested in America history or local histroy, then you must join this tour. But if you don't like a damped underground and afraid rat, don't recommend. However, in general, very interesting place
Seattle's Underground is a reminder of Seattle's for colorful history. What makes this tour great is that you get to see and learn something about Seattle that you would not have been able to do on your own. The best part is your comedian tour guide. They help you see the craziness that was to make Seattle what it is. I love this tour.
The tour has remained a lasting and enjoyable memory. It was, perhaps, made more enjoyable by the stories I had heard growing up in a community across Puget Sound and, in part, from watching all those "Here Come the Brides" episodes on television years ago. The show was really a parody of the politics, treachery, and lechery, but it did superficially touch on the hardships associated with settling in an untamed land. If you see the tour as an opportunity to briefly submerge yourself in the past, I believe you will enjoy the experience.
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