New App Gives GPS-Guided Walking Tours of Seattle Neighborhoods

The travel app Sidewalk taps locals for walking-tour recommendations.

By Danny Sullivan November 30, 2017


This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Imagine having insider recommendations for where to go as you stroll through unfamiliar neighborhoods in Seattle. Sidewalk (; free for iOS and Android), an app that allows any user to take guided walking tours designed by other users (or to design one of their own), provides just that.

It was launched by San Francisco-based creators Jason Donahue and Dave Hotchkiss, who found that traditional travel books and references lacked the intimate knowledge they desired. The tours offer easy point-to-point navigation with GPS, and users can search the theme-based walks based on their interests (like “city history” or “food”).

The app also serves New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but in Seattle, you can opt for walks such as “Pioneer Square: Lumberjacks, Gold Diggers, Gamblers, Hipsters and the Story of Seattle,” with stops at Occidental Square and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park; and “Open Eyed & Wide Awake: The Artisanal Coffee Crawl of Downtown Seattle,” which takes you to Monorail Espresso, Voxx Coffee and other much loved coffee destinations. There’s even an option to tip your guide, so don’t miss the chance to shine a spotlight on your favorite spot—and earn a little side cash—before someone else does.



Join The Must List

Seattle's best events delivered to your inbox

Follow Us

Palm Springs Top Destination for Seattleites

Palm Springs Top Destination for Seattleites

Seattle Residents Look South for Vacation Homes

Heading to Palm Springs during spring break or summer vacation? You’re not alone. The California city known for its natural hot springs, restaurants, golf courses, and nearly year-round sunshine is by far the most popular destination for Seattleites who want to buy a vacation home. A study by real estate company Pacaso says 16% of…

Seattle Avalanche Center Keeps an Eye on Hazards

Seattle Avalanche Center Keeps an Eye on Hazards

Avalanche forecasting is a blend of science and art

A mass of heavy snow slides down a 40-degree mountain slope, hissing as it gains speed and momentum. The concrete-like mix comes to a slow stop along Highway 2 near Stevens Pass, completely blocking the road from vehicular traffic and knocking over large Douglas fir trees, upturning boulders and causing destruction in its wake.  For…

Sagecliffe Offers Some Welcome Sunshine

Sagecliffe Offers Some Welcome Sunshine

Sagecliffe Resort and Spa unites people and nature

For savvy Seattleites, the secret is out: Winter snowbirds in search of sunshine don’t have to fly south in winter — they can also drive east. A quick trip over Snoqualmie Pass opens a world of possibilities for vitamin D-deprived city dwellers, from Suncadia to Spokane. For turnkey sun and relaxation just two-and-a-half hours away,…

Travel Destination: Palm Springs

Travel Destination: Palm Springs

How to make the most of a trip to Palm Springs

“The desert tells a different story every time one ventures on it.” — Robert Edison Fulton Jr. Everything about Palm Springs defies easy description. It is both the name of a city and a catch-all term for the small towns scattered along the vast Coachella Valley, from Cabazon to Indio. It evokes hedonism, as well…