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Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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Seattle, United States

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Discover Seattle’s original neighborhood, Pioneer Square, on this guided walking tour. Explore the underground pathways that were built in the southwest corner of the Emerald City more than 120 years ago. Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that transformed this once-small Indigenous dwelling place into one of the most popular and thriving cities in the United States. Each small-group tour is unique, with insider tips from a professional, local guide.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of old Seattle
  • Discover Pioneer Square, the Emerald City’s original neighborhood
  • Learn about Seattle’s history and the events that led to its beginnings
  • Compare modern-day Pioneer Square with that of yesteryear
  • Small group ensures a personalized experience
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Departure Point

102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

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119 South Main St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Get ready to discover the original Emerald City, the city of Seattle, Washington, from its inception in the 1890s. This entertaining and educational underground voyage travels beneath the streets to uncover three blocks of historic, old Pioneer Square. Explore not only the underground passageways that were built more than 120 years ago, but also the modern Pioneer Square that exists today.

Hear tales from the past, like the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle's crucial role in what would become the Klondike Gold Rush. Find out about Skid Row, a dilapidated urban area that served as the main street in Pioneer Square. And get to know the history of a group of people called the Coast Salish, the ethnically and linguistically related Indigenous peoples that first settled here.
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Beneath the Streets
Beneath the Streets focuses on factual, historical information that details the birth of our city, 1890’s architecture, and several other stories including the Klondike Gold Rush, Skid Row, and the Coast Salish Peoples that first inhabited the area. Our tour guides participate in workshops on cultural traditions and history with special guest historians and Native Tribal members as continual professional development.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pioneer Square
We cover four city blocks of historic Pioneer Square and explore three underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890's. You'll see and hear the history of the neighborhood from both the original and current street levels.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Operates rain or shine, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beneath The Streets

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "It was raining the day we went so there were some puddles to deal with so wear comfortable shoes that are appropriate for the weather." See review
  • "The tour is only one hour, so great for kids." See review


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Tour beneath Seattle streets
, Jun 2021
Dave did an awesome job giving us an enormous amount of historical data. He also gave us extra tips on where to go to enhance our experiences while in the Waterfront area which we really appreciated! We loved this tour!!!
Good value
, Jun 2021
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some recommendations for activities to do that we hadn’t come across in our research. Do this tour early in your vacation.
Excellent underground tour!
, Jun 2021
Excellent tour. A fun look into Seattle’s history. Chuck was a great guide with lots of cool tidbits about Seattle.
Fun experience
, Jun 2021
Tour guide was fantastic, very funny and knowledgeable. I still can’t pronounce Chief Seattle’s name though.
A must see!
, Jun 2021
A must see if visiting the city! I took my mom for mothers day and she loved every moment. You get to see and learn interesting facts that the general public, some that even live on the streets right above, are not aware of.
Nice Tour and History of Seattle!
, Jun 2021
Overall, great historical narrative of the city of Seattle. The walk through the city streets and the underground streets and pictures was good!
Well worth the time
, Jun 2021
Our guide was very interesting- great sense of humor. Very family friendly. Lots of information. Incredible history wouldn't mind a little more history
Awesome Seattle Tour
, Jun 2021
Tour guide was awesome, knew exactly what he was doing and history was spot on. Would recommend if you want a little walking, a lot of history, and a bit of underground exploration.
Above ground tour?
, Jun 2021
disappointed that about 1/2 the tour was above ground. Only visited 2 underground locations one was at your office
History Tour
, Jun 2021
The history and auxiliary stories were very I formative and delivered with a great presentation. Tour guide was appropriately interactive.

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