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.
what a rip-off!14 dollars for a guided tour of basement that smells of dust and urine.seattle history tour in a basement.no real historic artifacts.only positive was the guild who did her best to cover the fact that we are in a basement!
Had a blast walking under the sidewalks in the rubble. Reminded me of what Germany looked like after the war. Dark, dirty, and devoid of life. Great place to come if you're feeling happy. This will cure you.
This is probably the most popular guided tour in town. It is a very interesting and informative and presented by tourguides with a great sense of humor throughout...which helps, because a lot of underground Seattle resembles trashed out streets of The Bronx!!
(For history lovers, of course, just being on the rubble-strewn sidewalks of pioneer-era Seattle is a thrill in itself!)
It is a fascinating story of how a small frontier town continuously remade itself on its way to becoming the world-class metropolis of today. (For those of you who don't know, Underground Seattle is the catacomb of streets and first floors of buildings from the late 1800's that were buried beneath an initial phase of a large-scale regrade of Seattle's famous steep hills. ) Just seeing this story online makes me want to return to Pioneer Square and get back on the Underground Tour!
This tour changes about every 6 months so even if you have been before, it is well worth another visit. It's a fun guided tour that explores the history and roots (literally!) of the Seattle that now stands. I suggest to all of my visitors from out of town to ensure this is on their list of things to do.
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!
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
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