For an unusual tourist attraction, head to Seattle, Washington and spend the day on Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. The leisurely tour features a knowledgeable guide who knows the ins and outs of Seattle's history and will regale visitors with tales that Seattle's founders probably wanted kept secret. Enjoy something fun and different while learning some of Seattle's most secret history.
Seattle, Washington is a great place to visit, the city is beautiful and full of lush greenery due to all the rain, but it's hiding something most people don't know about. Located below the streets of the city is a network of underground passageways that connect to basements in downtown Seattle. Originally, this area was the ground level of the city, but the streets became elevated and by 1907 the underground passageways were condemned by the city out of fear of the bubonic plague. Most of the underground was left to rot, but some became home to illegal flophouses, gambling halls, opium dens, and speakeasies. In 1965, Bill Speidel of Seattle realized there might be a lot of interest in these tunnels and established Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. As his tours have grown in popularity, most of the underground areas have been refurbished and are now more visually appealing. The tour is open year round, seven days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The tour starts in Doc Maynard's Public House, a saloon from the 1890's that has been restored, and follows through different sections under Pioneer Square. The tour ends in Rogues Gallery, where you'll find the Underground Tour gift shop. There are a mix of displays and gifts that focus on the quirky history and character of Seattle.
For a day full of history and something just a little out of the ordinary, head to Seattle, Washington and enjoy Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. Spend a few hours in the hidden underground of the city and learn it's extensive history. Don't miss this unique and quirky stop, head to Seattle today.