Pioneer Square Tours

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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.
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Address: Cherry Street and 1st Avenue South, Seattle, USA
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4-Hour Seattle City Tour

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 Safeco Field. Your guide knows all the quickest ways around, so you can see more in less time.  
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Pre-Cruise Seattle Sightseeing Tour

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seattle Underground History Tour

Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided, 1-hour 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 Indian dwelling into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is authentic and unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Seattle in One Day: Sightseeing Tour including Space Needle and Pike Place Market

See the best of Seattle on this 6-hour 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 and drop-off.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Seattle Combo Tour: City Tour, Pike Place Market and Boeing Factory

See Seattle’s main attractions on this 9-hour, guided sightseeing tour in an around the Emerald City. Visit must-see sites like the iconic Space Needle, the beautiful Seattle waterfront, historic Pioneer Square and Puget Sound, among many others. Enjoy 1.5 hours for lunch and leisure at the world famous Pike Place Market on the waterfront. Then tour the massive Boeing assembly plant, the world’s largest building by volume. See airplanes being built and the Future of Flight Aviation Center. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle City Tour

Find out what makes Seattle one of the most popular areas in the US on this 4-hour Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle city tour. Visit Snoqualmie Falls, and then journey into the vibrant interior of Seattle itself. Sit back and enjoy the sights of the Emerald City from your window seat as you pass Pioneer Square, Fremont Troll, and a top city vantage point. Ample time at each stop is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Want an introduction to Seattle and its unique neighborhoods? Experience the best of Seattle on this 3-hour 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 the International District, plus Seattle Center (with the iconic Space Needle).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a guided, 3-hour, small-group 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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seattle Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

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).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Seattle City Tour Spanish

Tours 100% en Español! El tour de la ciudad es un circuito que ofrece a los visitantes una introducción a la historia, arquitectura, gastronomía entre otros atractivos de la ciudad Esmeralda. Sitios que se exploraran en el recorrido: Mercado Pike Place, Pioneer Square Distrito Histórico, Escultura del Troll, Terminal Pesquera, las Esclusas de Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Ann y Kerry Park para las mejores fotos de la ciudad. La excursión termina en la torre Space Needle, Mercado Pike Place o donde sea conveniente para tu grupo en el centro de Seattle. Generalmente se trata de un tour de 3 horas, pero puede ser extendido si el grupo lo desea. Hola Seattle empezó en 2014 con la misión de ofrecer tours de alta calidad para grupos de habla Hispana en la ciudad de Seattle. Desde entonces nos hemos convertido en pioneros de City Tours y la Fábrica de Boeing en Español. Nuestro éxito se mide por el hecho que cada año tenemos más clientes que regresan a tomar nuestros excursiones.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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