Seattle often shows up on the lists of favorite cities in the United States. To experience the art, heritage, culture and natural beauty of this over caffeinated city, going on a tour is a good way to get to know the city’s insider tidbits.
From coffee and pub crawls to the ghosts of Pike Place Market, folks lucky enough to grab cheap flights to Seattle have plenty of options when it comes to filling their itineraries with these tours.
Get caffeinated on Seattle’s Original Coffee Crawl: Brewed up by Seattle By Foot, Seattle’s Original Coffee Crawl is certainly not for tea drinkers. The tour takes visitors through the capital of coffee, detailing Seattle’s coffee culture and history along the way.
Tastings at several downtown specialty coffee houses make this tour a true eye opener. For more on how to be the ultimate coffee drinker visit http://seattlebyfoot.com/seattle-walking-tours-coffee.
Fly High at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour: If you need a break from the city, head less than 30 miles from Seattle and arrive at the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour. Just as the coffee crawl is for coffee lovers, this tour is for commercial aviation enthusiasts or anyone who has ever flown for that matter. The tour remains the only public tour of a commercial jet-assembly plant in North America. Throughout interactive exhibits and displays, you can see just how those Boeing 747s, 777s and 787s are assembled. For more on how to find out just what’s up in the air, visit http://www.futureofflight.org/.
See Pike Place Market by day and night: During the day, Pike Place Market is a sea of activity, best explored by the outsider with a little help from a local. The Market Heritage Tour takes visitors through the history of this market well over 100 years old. Blending history and current information, the tour puts visits on the inside of one of Seattle’s biggest tourist draws. For the foodie, Seattle Bites Food Tours induce hunger as you explore Pike Place Market’s tastes. At night however, things get a little spooky on the Market Ghost Tour. A tour for the ghoulish, find out why Pike Place Market is often voted the most haunted location in the northwest. For more on the Market Heritage Tour visit http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/explore_the_market/tours. For information on Seattle Bites Food Tours, visit http://seattlebitesfoodtours.com/. To learn more on the Market Ghost Tour visit http://www.seattleghost.com/.
Taste’s Seattle’s other stable brew: While Seattle is often associated with coffee, past 5 o’clock in the evening, the drink of choice tends to be a different brew. Seattle boasts one of the largest concentrations of breweries in the United States, mostly due to its location near the Yakima Valley. Three-fourths of the nation’s hops come from the area. The pub crawls and brewery tours are truly endless in Seattle, but some favorites are put on by Seattle Brewery Tours and Seattle By Foot.
Snap the Best Shots of Seattle: It would be a shame to go home from Seattle and blame the rain as your excuse for taking such bad photos. Shutter Tours is a Seattle based company, offering several different tours of the city and beyond with a focus on photography. To snap the best shots of Seattle, visit http://www.shuttertours.com/.
Have you been on one of these tours in Seattle or have another favorite tour in the city?