Seattle is steeped in history of Native Americans, settlers and immigrants. Rising majestically above the city skyline is Mount Rainier, Washington state’s tallest mountain. The city was built on the timber industry, lived through the Klondike gold rush and survived the great fire. The local Native American tribes worked with the settlers, and their culture is reflected in Seattle culture. Touring Seattle and learning its unique history is a fantastic way to experience the city for both tourists and locals.
Seattle Underground Tour
608 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
The Seattle Underground came into reality after the big Seattle fire. Most of the wooden buildings that were built on the filled-in wetlands burned in the fire. The buildings that replaced them raised the sidewalks to the second floor, and this is where clients entered Seattle establishments. Currently, tours are offered showing this under-Seattle view of the past.
Duck Boat Tours
516 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
The Duck Boat Tours are unique in their style. The tour vehicles are capable of traveling on both land and water. The first portion of the tour is on land, then to the water of Lake Union, and back to land. These tours are geared to be upbeat and fun for all participants, and the drivers are well-versed in local information. The tours last 90 minutes and pack in a lot of information.
1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle is steeped in Native American heritage. Tillicum Village is a great way to learn about and experience the local Native American culture. The village is located on Blake Island, in the middle of Puget Sound, and includes a cruise to the island, dinner in a traditional long-house and dancing. It is a one-of-a-kind experience. The island was part of the traditional territory of the Duwamish tribe, and it is believed that Chief Sealth (Seattle) was born on the island.
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Seattle Harbor Tour
1101 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
The Seattle Harbor is one of the largest producers of commerce in the area. On the north end of the waterfront, the piers are home to the Edgewater Inn, the Victoria terminal, the Seattle Aquarium, retail stores, restaurants, the original Ivar’s, and the Bremerton ferry terminal. The international sea port is on the southern portion of the waterfront near the Duwamish River. At sunset, it is the perfect time to see the late afternoon light on the iconic buildings in downtown Seattle.
Future of Flight Aviation Center
8415 Paine Field Blvd.
Mukilteo, WA 98275
The Boeing tour is for everyone who loves airplanes. The tour shows the public how commercial jetliners are built. The tour is 90 minutes long, and visitors get the opportunity to see how 747, 767, 777 and 787 are built in the factory. Children on the tour must be at least four feet tall. An interesting fact is that the doors on the Boeing factory are the among the largest in the world. No cameras or cell phones are allowed on the tour.
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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.