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Seattle, United States
Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour

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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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Disposable masks available for purchase at $1.00 each for guests unable to provide their own mask

Departure Point

102 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Look for the black awning over the sidewalk; the stairs beneath will lead right to the check-in desk.

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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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A: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
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beneath The Streets Underground History Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • 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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Rat carpet story, sewing...
, Jan 2022
Rat carpet story, sewing tax. Guide was gracious, gave us tips on dining and bookstores. Liked Olmstead connection.
Great tour, we enjoyed...
, Jan 2022
Great tour, we enjoyed our guide and he was very knowledgeable. He also offered options for further discovery of the area following the tour, the waterfall garden was a lovely post tour stop and the the panoramic views from the top of the smith tower were great stops.
Don't overlook the One Hour Tour
, Jan 2022
Great overview and history of Seattle. Although the tour is only an hour it provides a great background historical information. I didn't know there was an underground walkway. The tour also provides an above ground experience of modern Seattle.
It was fascinating to...
, Jan 2022
It was fascinating to step back in time and experience downtown Seattle in the 19th century. Our guide was very informative, and followed whatever line questioning our group took.
Totally worth it
, Jan 2022
Definitely worth it, our guide was very knowledgeable, super helpful and friendly, definitely worth doing.
Must do this in Seattle
, Dec 2021
Very accommodating, knowledgeable guide willing to answer any questions. Easy to navigate website and even got a text reminder the day before!
Fun And Educational!
, Dec 2021
Great tour very informative and Jim was an awesome and entertaining guide! Don’t forget your covid vaccination card because it was required for the tour even though the booking agent said that it was not required. Fortunately we had electronic copies on our phones.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for the props you gave to Jim your guide! He is fantastic. Sorry you received bad information about the vaccination requirements. This is a County requirement that has been in place since October, 2021 and should have been known by everyone who sells tickets for us. Glad you had that backup electronic copy.
Why the streets are raised tour - a bit of “the underground “
, Dec 2021
Our guide was very informative but I expected more of the tour to be underground. We were up on the street over 50% of the time.
History and fun
, Dec 2021
Much interesting information on the history is Seattle in general and the streets with original buildings in particular
Must do tour of Seattle
, Dec 2021
Very informative tour and Richard made the tour fun and memorable! Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting or living in Seattle!

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