Summer Weekend Walking Tours

Summer in Seattle is the season for walking tours: a great resource for entertaining guests, educating kids, or just the enjoyment of learning more about Seattle.

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park in Seattle has no trees or picnic benches!  It is located in the Pioneer Square Historic District and is marked with a sign “Cadillac Hotel” because of the preservation of its historic building.  There is no admission cost and during the summer, the Trail to Treasure walking tour of Pioneer Square is offered at 2 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (free.)

Milepost 31 is another free exhibit in the Pioneer Square area, created by the Washington State Department of Transportation to explain the Alaskan Way Viaduct Project.  In addition to construction info, there are displays on how Seattle’s landscape has been altered by everything from glaciers to regrading projects.

Although downtown activities are accessible by bus, there is also a parking website which shows parking rates and real-time availability.

Seattle Architecture Foundation has walking tours geared to both kids and to adults, to explore the history and architecture of downtown buildings.  Focus of the tours is on the construction, context, and culture which has created Seattle’s skyline.  Ticket prices vary:  $15/advance purchase; $10/SAF members; $25 cash/day of tour.  Advance registration is recommended; walk-ups limited to space available. Tours begin at SAF Gallery, 133 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Rainier Square Atrium.

Harvard Belmont District: The Rich Life on Capitol Hill
Saturday, July 5, 10 am

Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers
Saturday, July 5, 10 am

Diamonds & Gold: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style
Thursday, July 10, 10 am

Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle’s Style
Friday, July 11, 10 am