Seattle History Tour with Skyline Views

  • 2 Hours
  • Walking Tour
  • Max Guests: 12
  • Public Tour
  • Daily

Seattle History Tour Details

One of the best things to do in Seattle is simply taking in its skyline, surrounding mountains, and our beautiful Puget Sound. On this Seattle tour, you’ll get to enjoy not only stunning views but experience the history and culture of the city with a local tour guide!


Your Seattle walking tour begins with a stroll through Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic neighborhood filled with beautiful architecture and some of the top attractions in Seattle.


Your tour guide will tell you tales of Seattle during its pioneer days and the gold rush that put our city on the map. As we make our way past historical sites and to the serene Seattle waterfront, you’ll get to know the pre-history of this place, once – and still – significant to local indigenous peoples.


For those interested in the more salacious side of Seattle’s past, we’ll be passing by several historical sites that gave this neighborhood some unsavory nicknames (don’t worry, we’ll keep it family friendly!). As we make our way back from the waterfront, you’ll learn a little about how Seattle has transformed into the world-class destination it is today.


The latter portion of our Seattle history tour will take us off the streets and 35 floors up to Smith Tower’s 360-degree observation deck. Your tour guide will point out the city’s significant landmarks and provide a history of this gorgeous building, once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River!


You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the views, stick around for a drink at the bar, or continue exploring Pioneer Square and other nearby neighborhoods following your tour.

  • Discover the history of Seattle before and after the Alaska gold rush boom
  • Enjoy admission to a historic observation tower with incredible skyline views
  • See the sites where vice once flourished in the Pacific Northwest’s pioneer days
  • Explore the fascinating stories and architecture of historic buildings
  • Experience the beauty of the waterfront and its bustling ferry terminal

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Admission to Smith Tower observation deck
  • Souvenirs
  • Guide gratuity
  • Additional food & drink


Smith Tower

Your tour includes admission to this neoclassical building that was once Seattle’s tallest skyscraper and is now home to a mix of businesses and residential floors. You’ll join your guide on an elevator ride to the tower’s observation deck, where you’ll be treated with incredible views of the city skyline and Puget Sound.

Pioneer Square

Your history tour takes place in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, filled with beautiful architecture and the stories of the city prior to and during the settlement of those looking to seek their fortunes in the Alaska gold mines.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

We’ll pass by this small national park site, once a hotel during the industrious days of early Seattle and now a visitor center with exhibits displaying artifacts and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush.

The Central Saloon

Your Seattle walking tour may pass by this historic building, which in more recent times has been known for its live music. You may be surprised to hear about the musicians who once graced its small stage, making Seattle music history!

Occidental Park

Your history tour of Seattle will route through this picturesque park in the heart of the neighborhood and which displays a few pieces of art hinting at the pre-settlement days when Native Americans had occupied the former tide flats for thousands of years.

Waterfall Garden Park

We’ll likely pass by this gated park inspired by Japanese garden style and which sits on the former site of a very well-known multinational shipping & receiving company…

Memorial to Fallen Firefighters

You may spot this memorial in Occidental Park, a tribute to the firefighters who tragically died in a fire in the 1990s.

Seattle Waterfront

The waterfront is home to many souvenir shops, restaurants featuring fish and chips and local oysters, a ferris wheel, and docks serving as departure points for sightseeing cruises as well as the Washington ferry system. On your Seattle walking tour, you’ll enjoy a short stroll on the southern portion of its walkway and enjoy views of the beautiful Puget Sound.

CenturyLink Field

You might spot in the distance this sports stadium, now renamed Lumen Field, and which is currently home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign!

Lumen Field

Originally named CenturyLink Field, this stadium brings in diehard football and soccer fans from all over. The stadium is currently home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders, and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Seattle Reign.

Glasshouse Studio

We may pass by or stop in at this Pioneer Square shop featuring an amazing display of glassworks, many made onsite! Head to the back to see expert glassblowers in action.

Washington State Ferries

Our tour will take us to the Seattle waterfront and new ferry terminal, where we can see Seattle commuters boarding the West Seattle water taxi, Bremerton ferry, and Bainbridge ferry. Ask your tour guide for tips on when and where to take the ferry for your next adventure!

Arundel Books

We may pass by this beloved Pioneer Square bookstore, founded in 1984 and which sells rare and out-of-print as well as contemporary books.

Dead Line

Our tour may pass by this restaurant and bar, a perfect place to enjoy dinner or a drink after your tour. Hear from your tour guide about the fascinating history of the row of buildings that house Dead Line and a number of other restaurants and businesses.

CitizenM Seattle Pioneer Square

We’ll pass by one of the newer hotels to open in Pioneer Square and conveniently located along the waterfront. Enjoy a drink at the hotel’s funky bar room after your Seattle tour!

Community Impact

Our tour includes admission to Smith Tower, an important historic landmark to Seattle and one we are proud to support!


By choosing a walking tour and utilizing convenient public transit to reach our tour meeting point, you are helping to reduce our impact on the environment


Our tour guides’ stories feature the contributions and legacies of the many immigrants who explored and settled here in the Pacific Northwest


Our tour highlights the significance the national park and community organizations whose missions are to preserve the history, architecture, and character of Pioneer Square Seattle

Pickup Information

Pickup Times: 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:30 pm
Meeting Location: 506 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
(Outside Smith Tower on 2nd Avenue)


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