Food & Culture

The Best Walking Tours in Seattle

Get an inside view into your favorite things with these tours

By Niki Stojnic and Gwendolyn Elliott May 31, 2019


This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

This article appears in print in the June 2019 issue, as part of the 150 Must-Do Summer Experiences cover story. Click here to subscribe.

> On two Saturdays a month, you can make like an Amazonian and gaze at the tropical canopy and intricate architecture of the Amazon Spheres on a self-guided tour. Linger at the “nest,” an intimate conference space, and stop for a doughnut and coffee at Renee Erickson’s General Porpoise, located on the second level. Times vary. Free, reservations required. South Lake Union,

> Soak up the vibe with a guided tour of London Bridge Studio, where well-known artists such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam have recorded. Times vary. $55. Shoreline,

> Learn why Seattleites once climbed ladders to get to sidewalks as a guide leads you on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. Grab a sip and a bite on-site before or after the tour at Doc Maynard’s Public House. Times and prices vary. Pioneer Square,

> Although recent controversy surrounding its 737 Max aircraft has taken a bit of the shine off this local company, a guided tour of the Boeing factory is still an amazing window into how a jetliner is assembled. Times and prices vary. Everett,

> Learn about the production cycle of chocolate—from bean to bar, with generous samples of innovative flavors—by taking a guided tour of the Theo Chocolate factory. Times vary. $10. Fremont,

> Absorb how Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants lived and labored in Seattle on the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience’s historic hotel walking tour, included with all-day museum admission. Check out The Wing’s other themed neighborhood explorations as well, including food tours and a look around Bruce Lee’s old stomping ground. Times and prices vary. Chinatown–International District,

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