In a Nutshell
Daily ex Sun & holidays; start at Westlake Plaza, @ 10:00 AM,
lunch break, end near start @ 3:00 PM; tour goes if
≥ 6 confirmed
Standing 48' tall, Hammering Man is Seattle's
most recognized public artwork. Celebrating Seattle's working men and
women he "hammers" daily year-round except Labor Day.
For Visitors and Locals Alike
These guided tours are an entertaining and informative introduction to
the highlights of Seattle's very walkable downtown for visitors and
locals alike. Enjoy history, art, architecture, and special places.
Where do we go?
There are 19 Map Hatchcovers in downtown
Seattle. They are part of the City's % for Art Program. Each map has a
"you are here" dot.
Here are a few of the
highlights on the standard trek: Water Wall (start), Pilchuck Glass,
Garden Walk, Union Square waterfall, historical photo gallery promenade, Seattle Central Library
Smith Tower history, Northern Lights Dome
Room, Transit Tunnel station artworks, Waterfall Garden Park (lunch
stop), Klondike Gold Rush National Park,
King Street Station, China Gate, ride on Link Light Rail, Beneroya Hall
chandeliers and Hammering Man (end). The tour will include a "Mystery
Stop" at one of Seattle's finest
little known hidden gems. No hints, you need to take the tour to find out
what it is.
walking shoes and bring a camera.
Read what a reporter from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said
after going on this tour in her article "Its
Out and About Seattle."
Individual walkers from "all over"
Photo: Sally & Tom Ishii of Honolulu, Hawaii
Family & friends in town for a wedding
Photo: Chi-yin Pang
of San Jose, CA
Daily except Sundays and holidays,
year-round with a confirmed reservation (see Reservation Form below).
Tours start @ 10:00 am and ends @ about 3:00 pm.
Where does the tour start?
Westlake Plaza at 4th Ave. & Pine St.
in the seating area outside
shop @ 10:00 AM. Please arrive about 5 minutes prior.
Your guide will be wearing a See-Seattle.com cap.
Maps & More .... for additional advice on parking near and
public transportation to Westlake Plaza.
@ 4th Ave. & Pine St.
What's for Lunch?
Weather permitting, we grab a yummy sack lunch along the way and eat
outdoors picnic style by the waterfall in
Waterfall Garden Park. In case
of liquid sunshine, we dine inside one of Pioneer Square's historic
Where does the tour end?
The tour ends at Hammering Man (in front of the Seattle Art Museum aka
SAM) @ 1st Ave. & University St. @ about 3:00 PM.
Market @ 1st Ave. & Pike St. is just two blocks from SAM. Here you can explore on your own. You may sample as-you-go
from the many farmer stalls filled with fresh seasonal fruits and
vegetables nestled among the vendors of fragrant and colorful fresh cut
flowers. Just try to sneak by the aroma of the bakeries. Visit the
original Starbucks, sample the tea-of-the-day at the Perennial Tearoom
or watch the fishmongers at Pike Fish do their flying fish magic! The
Market is open until 6:00 PM daily.
The walk from the Market to
the tour starting point, Westlake Plaza, is just 4 blocks. From there
you can board the Monorail to Seattle Center and visit the Space Needle,
MoPOP - Museum of Pop Culture
(formerly EMP) and Pacific Science Center among many
Also two blocks away
from SAM is the waterfront. The many waterfront you can easily walk to
there include the Great Wheel, Miners Landing, the Seattle Aquarium,
Argosy Cruises, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop,
Washington State Ferries (to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton) and the Bell Street Pier.
Cash, check or money order
at the end of the tour
- sorry, no credit cards.
under 12 years of age go free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Please keep in mind that these tours are geared for the interests of
grownups. Children must walk on their own during the tour (no
strollers or baby packs).
How to Make a Reservation
Please complete the
to make a reservation. Tours depart when a total
or more walkers have made confirmed reservations for a given day. You
will receive a reply telling you if there are enough reservations for
the tour to depart on the day you want or any other days you could
go. If there are not enough walkers initially you will be notified not
later than the evening before the tour day if there is a tour you may
Local Walkers Call List: Individuals who live
in or will be in the
greater Seattle area for some period of time may request to be contacted
as soon as there is a See Seattle Walking Tour that they could join.
note in "Comments and Questions" the days and period of time that would be best for you when
you make your reservation.
Please complete the
Reservation Form to
make a reservation for private group tours. Note in "Comments and
Questions" if you are interested in the standard tour described above or
if you want to specify start and end times and places as well as special
points of interest. Private group tours are $20 per walker, $200
Private BSE Friends group from Mt. Vernon, WA ~
Photo: Teruyo Koshimiya
of Seattle, WA
~ Giant Mirrors at Garden Walk ~