Private Tour: Seattle Highlights
Thanks to the success of local tech companies like Amazon, Seattle has become one of the most exciting American cities on the West Coast. And you'll get the lowdown on all of the city's secrets on this Private Tour of Seattle Highlights. This three-hour long private tour will take you across the city as you see the city in a way usually only experienced by veteran residents.
Your veteran guide will pick you up and you'll start your tour of the Emerald City. Travel through Chinatown to the iconic Pioneer Square, with its dozens of local shops, coffee houses and stores. You can buy some coffee at the original Starbucks outlet or wander through some of the local art galleries. The trip is yours to plan and once you tell your guide/driver what you're looking for, he'll map out the tour for you.
There are so many things to see in Seattle it could take days to fully experience everything. Visit the magnificent Space Needle, where you can see everything from the Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains to the Seattle skyline. Nearby is Belltown, the city's most populated area and home to Seattle farmer's market, the world-famous Pike Place Market. Inside you'll find dozens of local vendors, including those well-known fish vendors who fling their fish across the aisle.
You'll travel on to Queen Anne Hill, which sits on a hill overlooking the city. It's a perfect place to take some pictures before you head back to your starting point. When it's all over, not only will you have great memories, you'll feel as if you know Seattle like you were a native.
Get up close and personal to the Emerald City on this private sightseeing tour of Seattle's highlights. Visit must-see attractions including Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Ballard Locks, as well as Chinatown and other diverse neighborhoods that give Seattle its character. Pop into local art galleries, grab coffee from the original Starbucks, browse the vendors at Pike Place, and soak up sweeping views of Puget Sound, Mt Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from the iconic Space Needle (admission not included). Your private guide will provide commentary on the sights while showing you the best places for food, shopping and entertainment. By the end of the tour, you'll know Seattle like a local!
You'll be picked up from your downtown Seattle hotel at your pre-arranged time to start your private sightseeing tour of Seattle. Your friendly, knowledgeable private guide will take you on a comfortable drive by van through the city, offering commentary along the way. You'll have plenty of time to hop out, walk around and soak up the atmosphere of each place you visit.
Cruise through Chinatown-International District and hop off to visit Pioneer Square, a historic neighborhood that was once the heart of the city -- Seattle's founders settled there in 1852. Take a leisurely stroll past charming boutiques, quirky shops and great cafes as your guide points out the Renaissance Revival architecture.
Head to Belltown, the city's most populated neighborhood, and hop out to explore world-famous Pike Place Market, Seattle's original farmers market home to a ton of vendors offering everything from locally sourced produced and artisan foods to specialty souvenirs and used books. Soak up the buzzing atmosphere as you browse the market and see the famous flying fish. If you like coffee (Seattle's most famous drink), cross the street to grab a coffee at the original Starbucks! You can also visit some local art galleries.
Just north of Belltown lies that iconic Space Needle. You'll have time to hop out here, purchase a ticket, and whiz up to the top floor for incredible 360-degree views of the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, towering Mt Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic Mountains and the Seattle skyline.
After soaking up the views, continue your drive to Queen Anne Hill, a neighborhood that sits on the highest hill in the city. Camera in hand, admire beautiful city views from the lookout point. Continue to the Ballard Locks (known formally as the Hiram M Chittenden Locks) at the west end of Salmon Bay. Your guide will explain the engineering feats behind this complex of locks, which links Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington. Here, you'll also see the famous fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water.
You'll also see Fisherman's Terminal, the Elliot Bay Waterfront, Safeco Stadium, Qwest Field and Olympic Sculpture Park before heading back to your hotel. By the end of the day, you'll know Seattle like a native - its history, its legends, its many fascinating sights and all the best places for food, shopping and entertainment!