DIY Walking Tours in Seattle

See Seattle on Foot!


Walkable cities seem to be the ones that are often enjoyed by many travelers. You’re able to get a true feel for the city by exploring what you want, as opposed to figuring out transit systems or being taken to specific places. Seattle is best explored on foot to get a feel for the diverse history to the backdrop of the Olympic Mountains. Best of all, you can walk around all year round (sometimes with an umbrella) and re-fuel for coffee almost everywhere.

Pike Place Market: Pike Place Market dates back to the early 20th century as an open air market and is now the oldest continually operated farmer’s market in the USA. It is right on the Seattle waterfront; built on a steep hill. Visited annually by over 10 million, once inside, you may see why it is so popular and overwhelming. Start by snapping photographs of the signature clock in front of the market. Dive head first into the Main Market where you can spot fresh fish. At the end you’ll reach Victor Steinbrueck Park; offering gorgeous views of the Skyline. Stroll down the East side to view restaurants, The Sanitary Market- home to shops, delis and diners, and the end point- Pike Place Bar & Grill and Matt’s in the Market.

Pioneer Place Pergola: You can head south towards the historic Pioneer Square; an intersection that was once a social and entertainment area. In the late 19th century, the town added a totem pole stolen from a village in Alaska.  The area became popular, especially when street cars and cable cars intersected in this area. The original pole was damaged (was this a sign?) and was reproduced and blessed and stands as a symbol between American Indians and European Americans.

Underground Seattle Tour: At this same location of Pioneer Square you can take a guided tour that goes a bit deeper into Seattle’s history. Take an Underground Seattle Tour that takes you down a labyrinth of cellars and underground passageways. Pioneer Square was raised a full story during the construction of new buildings, which provided two “underground floors.” These lost catacombs were discovered by Bill Spiedel in the 1960s and he made it into an Underground tour. Discover old roadways and storefronts that were a significant part of Seattle’s history.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park: Just a few blocks away on route towards the Seattle King Station is Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. This service site tells the fascinating history that sparked dreams for miners who wanted to strike gold in northwest Canada. The main exhibit exemplifies how Seattle grew after these gold hunters resided here on route towards the North. This led to the expansion and commercial area of Seattle to grow exponentially. Gold fever was so big that even Seattle’s mayor quit to join the stampede.

Union Station: This actual former station was built in 1910 to serve the Union Pacific Railroad. This historic place was a fine example of the grand train stations built in the booming early 20th century. Fall in love with the high rotunda ceiling, dim lights and antique tiled floors. It’s also a good place to beat the heat when you’re walking around Seattle in the summertime.

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