Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit Tours
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Seattle was a stopover on the rush to find gold in Alaska, and the city grew rich by selling supplies to would-be miners. Discover that wild, short-lived era at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit in Seattle, where documentary films and two floors of exhibits tell the stories of bold explorers from the city’s early days.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park offers free admission to its Seattle location in the historic Cadillac Hotel. (There are three other locations in Skagway, Alaska.) The park is a stop on some tours of Seattle. Visitors enjoy watching gold panning demonstrations and movies about the gold rush, as well as browsing the on-site museum exhibits.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This is a must-visit for history buffs, and family-friendly activities make it fun for children, as well.
- Get tips on visiting Skagway gold rush locations in Alaska from on-site rangers.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the national historical park.
How to Get There
Located on South Jackson Street in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is a short distance from several public transit stops. To reach the museum, travel to the King Street Amtrak Station or bus stops on Jackson Street, First Avenue South, and Second Avenue. Limited street parking and multiple parking garages are also available nearby.
When to Get There
From mid-June through early September, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is open daily. For the rest of the year, the park is open Tuesday through Sunday. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, and it closes early the day before each of these holidays.
Why is Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Important for Seattle?
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the Klondike Gold Rush gave the city’s economy a badly needed boost. A prime location as the departure point for Alaska meant that Seattle could profit from the dreams of gold-hungry miners headed north. By the time the gold rush ended, Seattle had more than doubled in size.
Address: Skagway, Alaska 99840, USA
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit
Seattle is famous for its bustling waterfront, numerous green spaces, and historic neighborhoods. Ideal for first-time visitors, this sightseeing tour provides an overview of top attractions such as Pioneer Square, the Space Needle, and Pike Place market. Sit back and relax while your guide provides historical and cultural background for each destination, and enjoy stops to walk and take photos.
Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour around town. Hop in a mini-coach and enjoy a relaxing ride to the city’s most popular attractions, like the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many more, including a great view of Mt. Rainier. Hotel pickup and port drop-off are included. Luggage will be safely stowed during the tour, and a timely return to the cruise port is guaranteed.
Get to know the landscape of Seattle on a private sightseeing tour that provides an introduction to the city--great for the start of your stay. Traveling in a Suburban (avoid the bus tours), you'll pass by Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and other major attractions across seven neighborhoods. Along the way, stop for photo ops and learn about local history.
It is the only tour in Seattle that has more than 10 stops (and therefore more than 10 stories) in Pioneer Square. All the other tour companies focus on one small detail, and they will go to only one, maybe two locations at the most. But, we go to at least 8 locations on each one of our tours, and guests will hear at least 8 different stories of Seattle's fascinating history.
See the best of Seattle on this sightseeing tour. Sit back and relax in a spacious coach as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle’s neighborhoods and attractions. See the iconic Space Needle (admission included) with stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, including majestic Mt Rainier. There’s Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront, plus Pioneer Square. The list goes on. This tour includes convenient hotel pickup.
See Seattle’s main attractions on this guided sightseeing tour in an around the Emerald City. Visit must-see sites like the iconic Space Needle, the beautiful Seattle waterfront, historic Pioneer Square and Puget Sound, among many others. Enjoy lunch and leisure time at the world famous Pike Place Market on the waterfront. Then tour the massive Boeing assembly plant, the world’s largest building by volume. See airplanes being built and the Future of Flight Aviation Center. This tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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What's the best way to experience Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit?
The best ways to experience Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park - Seattle Unit are:
- Premier 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
- Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour
- Private 3-Hour Seattle City Tour
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