Seattle Organized Tours Overview
The best way to tour Seattle might well be by Duck. An amphibious Second World War vehicle that travels by land or sea, the Duck visits the standard city sights then drops into Lake Union for a tour of Portage Bay and its houseboats. Seattle Duck Tours (516 Broad St) last 90 minutes and leave from near the Space Needle.
For boat tours of Seattle, try Washington State Ferries (Pier 50/52), Argosy Cruises (Pier 55), or Emerald City Charters (Pier 54).
To tour the city by bus, try Gray Line of Seattle or Customized Tours and Charter Service.
Seattle Walking Tours (425-226-7641) will provide you with an entertaining introduction to downtown Seattle at just $20 a head. Walkers meet at 10 am, any day but Sunday, at Westlake Plaza (Fourth Ave and Pine St).
Duse McLean's Seattle Walking Tours (425-885-3173) will show you the hidden corners of downtown as well as other neighborhoods, by request. Prices start around $15; they also meet at Westlake Plaza, by reservation.
Pike Place Market Tours will take you through the labyrinthine layout of the historic public market at 11 am and 2 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at First Avenue and Pike Street. The cost is only $8, but advance online reservations are required.
For flight-seeing tours, try Seattle Seaplanes, Old Thyme Aviation, or Over the Rainbow. The latter company takes guests up in hot-air balloons.
Private Eye on Seattle (206-365-3739) offers mystery and murder tours of Capitol Hill and the Queen Anne neighborhood, as well as a Haunted Happenings ghost tour. The three-hour trips, which combine driving and walking, cost $25.
Seattle Underground Tours (608 First Ave; 206-682-4646) will show you the original Seattle, upon which the new city was rebuilt following an 1889 fire, in a fascinating 90-minute walk.
Of course, you'll need a place to call home after your long days of touring the city. For some ideas, go to our Seattle hotels guide on the next page.