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Seattle Waterfront

Definitely make the Seattle Waterfront your first stop on a visit to Seattle, for it is one of the most popular attractions in the city. The bustling waterfront not only holds gift shops, candy stores selling fudge and saltwater taffy, sidewalk T-shirt vendors, and restaurants of all kinds, it’s also is the spot for some of city’s top attractions and piers tied with boats waiting to take you out on Puget Sound.

On the Seattle Waterfront, you can touch starfish at the Seattle Aquarium, watch your kids take a virtual kayak ride on Puget Sound at the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, or picnic in Waterfront Park, while taking in the breathtaking view across Elliott Bay to Olympic Mountains.

If you want to get out on the water from the Seattle Waterfront, head to Pier 52 for the Washington State Ferries, Pier 55 for harbor cruises and trips to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, or Pier 56 for a boat to Chittenden (Ballard) Locks. If you’re with the kids, head to Pier 57, which has a vintage carousel and a video arcade to keep the kids busy.

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The Seattle Waterfront stretches along Alaskan Way from Yesler Way, in the south, to Bay Street, Myrtle Edwards Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park, in the north. You can access the park by car, bus, streetcar, and even monorail.

Address: Alaskan Way, Seattle 98101, USA
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City Tours

Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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’s 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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Cruises

Seattle Locks Cruise - Round trip Boat & Bus Package

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this 2.5-hour narrated cruise along Ballard Locks, one of the the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Learn about Seattle’s historic waterfront and take in the view of the city’s skyline with a spectacular panoramic background of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. See the houseboat and waterfront homes of the area’s rich and famous. Food and beverages are available for purchase on board the boat.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes

City Tours

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

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 hours
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  • 5 hours
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City Tours

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Seattle Combo Tour: City Tour, Pike Place Market and Boeing Factory

See Seattle’s main attractions on this 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 lunch and leisure time 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.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Day Cruises

Seattle Whale Watching & Friday Harbor Day Trip

Enjoy whale watching and a San Juan Island day trip from Seattle! This is the only cruise that leaves directly from downtown Seattle, allowing you to skip the traffic and get out on the water. With the guidance of a trained onboard naturalist, you will be taken to an area world-renowned for wildlife, where you will be on the lookout for orca, minke and humpback whales as well as Dall’s porpoise, seals, otters, bald eagles and more! Afterwards, you will have a stopover in Friday Harbor for a chance to grab a bite to eat or explore.Daily Schedule:8:15 AM: Depart Pier 69 in Seattle12:00 PM: Arrive Friday Harbor (if you are going whale watching, you stay on the boat)12:15 PM to 2:45 PM: Whale & Sealife Search2:45 PM to 5:00 PM: Free time in Friday Harbor5:15 PM: Depart Friday Harbor8:00 PM: Arrive Seattle
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Bus & Minivan Tours

3-Hour Seattle City Tour

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 the International District, plus Seattle Center (with the iconic Space Needle), hopping out for photo ops throughout the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Ferry Services

Victoria and Butchart Gardens with Victoria Clipper to Seattle One-Way from Vancouver

Make the most of your trip from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle on a full-day tour that includes a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time to explore historic downtown Victoria. This point-to-point tour concludes on the Seattle waterfront and includes hotel pickup, ground transport, ferry tickets, and entrance fees.
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  • 15 hours
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  • 15 hours
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Day Trips

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San Juan Island Day Trip from Seattle

Cruise out of downtown Seattle’s Pier 69 in the morning and soak in breathtaking scenery on your journey from Seattle to Friday Harbor. Catch sight of the stately Cascade Range as you clip past the eastern coast of Whidbey Island and glide under the impressive and historic Deception Pass. Upon your arrival in Friday Harbor, wander the town’s picturesque streets, stop by Lime Kiln State Park, rent a bike or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants. Return to Seattle that evening on the 5:15 PM sailing.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Ports of Call Tours

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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.  
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Attraction Tickets

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1-Day Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle, WA

Spend a day in Olympic National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the widely-varied ecosystems within its borders. Boasting scenic lakes, ice-capped mountains, glaciers, rugged coastlines, and a temperate rainforest, the park is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and scientists alike. In the evening, hit the Central Waterfront of Seattle before heading back to the departure point.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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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  • 3 hours
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Hop On Hop Off Must See Seattle Tour

The City Sightseeing Seattle Must See Seattle Tour is the only Hop on Hop off tour in Seattle. With 17 stops throughout the city and busses running every 30 minutes, this tour is the perfect way to explore the Emerald City at your own pace.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour

Explore Seattle at your own pace on this private & professionally-guided City Tour. The tour begins from your hotel, where your personal local expert will pick your party up in a Pearl Chevrolet Suburban LTZ. From there, sit back and relax while your guide follows a 50-mile, 7 neighborhood route of the best sites in Seattle. Comfortably take in sites from T-Mobile Park to the Fremont Troll on this 3-hour tour. Scheduled stops include Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks and Kerry Park, unless otherwise requested. Tour includes history and short photo opportunities at Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Special requests granted when possible.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Quality Seattle Tours offers the best city tours that every one loves.

It's one of the best Seattle City Tour, that will be using brand new vehicles on the fleet. also the drivers are not only knowledgeable about the City but very FUN.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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Seattle to Victoria Day Trip with Royal BC Museum

Soak in Victoria’s rich history and culture at British Columbia’s premier museum with a quick and easy day trip from downtown Seattle on our high-speed Victoria Clipper catamaran. Discover impressive First Nation’s art as well as a variety of fun interactive exhibits that allow you to get a peek at the flora and fauna of BC’s coastal rainforests or wander through a collection of life-sized totem poles. If you are a history buff, this is an experience you won’t forget!
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Multi-day Tours

Seattle 2-day Tour from Vancouver

Our most highly recommended tour is the Seattle Ultimate 2-day tour, as it allows plenty of time for both sightseeing and shopping, as well as an opportunity to experience the nightlife in a city that prides itself on its musical identity and history. On select dates during baseball season, we offer an option to experience a Major League Baseball Game as well.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Private Sightseeing Tours

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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  • 4 hours
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Ports of Call Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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2-Day Rainier & Olympic Park Tour

Go to Mt. Rainier to see the tallest volcano of the continental United States by visiting Christine Falls, Narada Falls, and Paradise Road.We take you to visit Olympic National Park with visiting Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and many other great wonders of the natural beauty.Additional Notice:1. The tour guide might change the duration for each stop depending on weather conditions or others.2. The tickets fee should pay to the tour guide in cash and the tour guide will arrange activities admissions for the group. City Passes and Annual passes are not acceptable on our tours.3. All meals and drinks during the trip are not included. The tour guide will provide eating suggestions.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Portrait Photography for your Seattle experience

Capturing candid moments are the best... Let me document those moments or even recreate your social media pose inspirations. Let’s document your travel experience the way you like it. Areas will be famous spots in Pike market and Seattle waterfront. :-)
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Photography Tours

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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Seattle

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here!We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Seattle, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back!So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes

Day Cruises

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Passenger Ferry between Seattle & San Juan Island ONE-WAY

Skip the traffic and Anacortes ferry lines and hop on the San Juan Clipper ferry for the fastest way to travel direct from Pier 69 in Seattle to San Juan Island for a visit to beautiful Friday Harbor, WA!The 3 hours and 45 minutes ferry ride through the Salish Sea will take you past Whidbey Island and underneath historic Deception Pass bridge before arriving in Friday Harbor. Upon arrival, you’ll be steps from Friday Harbor's charming downtown.Please Note: This is ONE-WAY only. Please book 2nd leg of trip for your desired return time.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes

Photography Tours

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Vacation Photographer in Seattle

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Seattle to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites!SOLO TRAVELERSFancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Seattle vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLESIf you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Seattle has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both.FAMILIES & GROUPSA family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes

Hiking & Camping

7-Day Small Group Tour: Canadian Rockies and National Parks

Set out on a 7-day tour of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks departing from Seattle. Take an optional canoe trip on Lake Louise, explore Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks and get a glimpse of Mt Robson. Visit Whistler, Vancouver and Clearwater on this tour through Western Canada’s awe-inspiring scenery. Marvel at the stunning scenery, including alpine lakes, waterfalls, giant glaciers and jagged Rocky Mountain’s towering above you at every turn. This small-group tour, max. 14 passengers, offers wildlife spotting opportunities and includes the option of camping or lodging accommodations and optional tour excursions. Includes National Park fees.You will be required to pay a supplement charge to cover meals while on tour, payable on the first day of the tour: • Camping: USD $100 covers six (6) light breakfasts, seven (7) picnic-style lunches and six (6) communal dinners • Lodging: USD $50 covers seven (7) picnic-style lunches
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days


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