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Key Info

Jackson Street & First Avenue

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.5scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 3.0Atmosphere

If you like history, Pioneer Square should be at the top of your to-do list. This neighborhood was one of the first settlements in the Northwest U.S. (hence the name), and it has maintained much of its Old West identity. Today, you'll find the cobblestone area peppered with art galleries, restaurants and shops, not to mention an ornamental pergola, which provides shelter to those waiting to hop on the cable car.

No visit to Pioneer Square is complete until you tag along on the Underground Tour. The tour leads you through a maze of subterranean passageways – which were once the city's main roads before the Great Seattle Fire in 1889 – where you learn about the quirkier side of historic Seattle, from legends of thieves to the history of the flush toilet. The Underground Tour recommends that participants be at least 7 years or older to keep up with the 75-minute walking tour. Tour tickets cost $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students (ages 13 to 17, or with a valid college ID), and $10 for children ages 7 to 12. 

According to recent visitors, the area is worth a stroll but the neighborhood has seen better days. Many commented that while the architecture is beautiful, there is a large homeless population in the neighborhood. To reach the neighborhood, you can take the First Hill Line streetcar, among other public transportation options. For more information on the neighborhood, including what shops and restaurants you can find there, check out the Pioneer Square website

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