With less than 48 hours to spend in Seattle, I didn’t want to miss out on seeing anything, so we booked a 3 hour tour with Show Me Seattle.
Founded in 1994, Show Me Seattle is one of Seattle’s original city tour companies. With over 20 years of experience and tens of thousands of happy customers, we’ve built a reputation for delivering intimate and entertaining experiences that highlight the people, places and stories that make Seattle so unique.
Show Me Seattle is owned and managed by former tour guides, which helps it provide outstanding experiences to guests, while evolving and breaking new ground with tours designed to meet modern travelers’ tastes and desires.
Show Me Seattle Tours offer a 3 hour trip of the city. You are picked up from your hotel in their funky bus which holds 15, then head out for your morning adventure. We were lucky enough to have Carlton as our guide for the day. He clearly loves his job and the city, and made everything throughout the day enjoyable and fun.
We took a drive along the waterfront to check out the boat homes.
Visited the Seattle space needle, and were taught this selfie trick to get the everything in the picture. (Thanks Carlton)
Met the Seattle Troll (It’s OK he’s a friendly Troll)
Stopped for the perfect Seattle city view
Visited the Ballard Locks and the Fremont Neighbourhood.
Opened in 1917 the lock system and ship canal connects the fresh water of lakes Union and Washington with the salt water of the Pacific in Puget Sound. It’s a popular destination for watching boats navigating between the two waterways, it also features a fish ladder for observing the seasonal migration of salmon.
Fremont neighborhood, famous for its outdoor art and nude bicyclists in the Summer Solstice parade is also a microcosm of the challenges Seattle faces as it grapples with growth. This once quirky bohemian artist colony is now transforming into a high tech powerhouse with offices for Google, Tableau and Adobe while remaining true to its artsy roots.
We were there the wrong time of the year for nude cyclists unfortunately, but it was the day of one of the charity runs so there was certainly some quirky sights in the area anyway.
Our final stop was the famous Pike Market Place. Home of the first every Starbucks. Here Carlton dropped us off and recommend some things to do in the area.
The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.
This is a popular area for locals and tourists, with nearly any food you can think of being sold here.
One of the most popular things to do is watch the fish get thrown at Pike Place Fish.
Show Me Seattle 3 hour City Tour is the perfect way to see the city if you only have a short time in the city.
If you are there for long you might want to check out some of their other tours,including:
Chocolate, Coffee and Wine Tour
Taste Pike Place Market Tour
and Boeing Tours.
To book your tour head over to www.showmeseattle.com
**Our tour was complimentary, but as always all opinions are my own**