Monday, June 23, 2014

How to: Walking Tour of Seattle

Sure, you’ve lived in Seattle for years, but how much of the city’s history do you really know? The following suggested walking tour highlights five areas of Seattle’s best sites so you can get a history lesson and some exercise in just one day (less than two miles round trip). Start at Smith Tower.

Smith Tower
506 2nd Ave., Suite 220
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-4004

This July, the Smith Tower will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary. For many years, it was the tallest building on the West Coast. That honor has passed by now, and yet the Smith Tower still offers breathtaking 360-degree views from the 35th floor observation deck via the copper and brass elevator. You can explore the historic Chinese Room, view newspaper headings from 1910 when the tower was built and take a seat in the Wishing Chair. After you come down from the clouds, you can explore deeper underground just one block away...

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-4646

Created by Seattle historian Bill Speidel, The Underground Tour is a unique guided walk under the sidewalks of Seattle beginning inside Doc Maynard’s Public House, a 1890s saloon, that goes to three different sections of Pioneer Square. The tour promises true stories of “dirt, scandal and really bad plumbing!” The guided tour takes guests through subterranean passages that used to be main roads and storefronts. After your tour, head south on 1st Avenue , turn right onto Yesler Way and then turn right onto Alaskan Way to make your way to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.