Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour in Seattle, WA

Shutter Tours99 Pike StreetSeattle, WA 98101
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Experience the best of beautiful Seattle as well as the natural wonder of Snoqualmie Falls during this guided four hour tour. The tour features sights like Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and Pike Place Market as well as stunning views from Kerry Place. In addition, this guided tour takes you up-close to the Cascade Foothills for an unparalleled look at Snoqualmie Falls.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Seattle Travel Experts
  • Tour duration approximately 4 hours.
  • Learn about the history of Seattle.
  • Tour departs from Pike Place Market.


from Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour
Our 4-hour tour begins at the Pike Place Market at 10 AM. As we make our way through the city you'll learn the history of the city, how the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 became an important event to turn Seattle into a major city and explain the "Underground" of Seattle. Your guide will share more Seattle history as you travel through Pioneer Square, where the early settlers decided to build the city. This rich historic area is also known for its Renaissance Revival architecture, galleries and the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush activity in the late 1800s.

Throughout the tour that is jammed packed with stories about Seattle history, your guide will share some fun facts and history from the Klondike Gold Rush to how Seattle got its name to what the real story is about how much it rains. You'll also learn how Starbucks became the company it is today, who the "People of the Moon" were and much other fun and engaging stories.

Your first experience in the Cascade foothills will be a drive through the town of Snoqualmie, the real "Twin Peaks" of the Pacific Northwest. Then you'll enjoy the majesty of Snoqualmie Falls, which is sure to be a favorite memory on your tour with us. Time spent at falls is approximately one-half hour.

Next to stopping point is the Fremont Troll where you can take some time to get some photos of this one of a kind piece of public art. As we drive through Fremont you'll see a 16' tall statue of Bolshevik Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. Your guide will share with you how this statue arrived in Seattle and the story behind its history.

We then stop at the Ballard Locks also driving through Fisherman' Terminal where you'll see the Pacific Fishing fleet. At the Ballard Locks, you may see migrating salmon going through the locks system during the summer months, Sea Lions, Eagles, and maritime traffic as they navigate this engineering marvel. Approximate time at the locks is a half hour, giving you time to explore the locks and fish ladder.

Next, we take in the #1 rated location in Seattle for taking a photo of the skyline, the picturesque viewpoint at Kerry Park.

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Houma, Louisiana
"Best thing we did in Seattle!!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
Wow!! What a perfect tour!! A great tour, for us, at the beginning of the trip as it gave a wonderful overview of the city and “feel” of different areas. Our tour guide/photographer, Preston, was A-MAZING! He was very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining while driving, but a HUGE perk was that he took everyone’s photos with the tenacity of a professional photographer! I love taking photos and consider myself fairly decent, but his versus mine were day and night!! One he took at Kerry Park, he knew exactly where to stand to get the space needle in it where you were thinking we were 10 feet from it, when it was miles away! Four perfect attractions: Snoqualmie Falls, Freement Troll, Ballard Locks, the UP house (bonus) and Kerry Park (perfect views)! Highly recommend. It was the best day we spent over a 5 day trip to Seattle! Oh and the bus is small unlike most tours. We only had 3 couples and the bus may have sat 12 people at most! Book this tour for memorable photos!!!
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"Seattle city tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2019 NEW
It was one of the best. Our tour guide was extremely nice and knowledgeable of the city. She even provided water and snacks. I would highly recommend you taking this your.
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"Snoqualmie Falls tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019
Amanda was great and very helpful! She gave a lot of great information about the sites we visited and also a lot of tips about the best restaurants and cafes in Seattle! She offered to click pictures and was overall very friendly and helpful! This tour was definitely a highlight of our trip.
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Erwin L
"Great way to see Seattle"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019
This tour takes you to some of the most interesting points that would be hard to get to on your own, so I definitily recommend this one. Amanda was very friendly and knowledgable.
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
"Great Day Out and Introduction to the City"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2019
If you haven’t been to Seattle before, - like us – do this tour. - we did this 18 October 2019. It takes in most of the main sites. After meeting up with Amanda at Pike Place Market first the tour took us out of the city to see the Snoqualmie Falls. It sounds miles away, but only a 40-minute drive and well worth it. Then back into the centre stopping in Fremont under the bridge for pictures with the Fremont Troll. Then on the various sites, but the highlight was Kerry Park and the fantastic view from there. We also headed to Ballard Locks. A really great tour for those with no knowledge of Seattle. Our guide Amanda was great, supplying us with Granola bars and water. - thanks a lot for a great day Amanda and apologies for the late review.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour

Does the tour operate year-round?
The tour runs daily, except for the month of April.

Are hotel pick-ups included in the tour?
Due to construction and unpredictability of Seattle Traffic, there are no hotel pickups. The pickup point is within 10 minutes via Uber and Cab of over 80 downtown hotels.

Are children allowed on the tour?
Children are of course welcome on tour and will especially enjoy the Fremont Troll stop as well as the locks. There aren’t car seats on the bus for infants, but all buses are equipped with seatbelts to accommodate your own car seat. Children are not able to sit on a parents lap during the tour.

What is your cancellation policy?
You can get a full refund up to 72 hours before your tour date.

Is lunch included in the tour?
Lunch is not provided, and it’s suggested to bring along a snack or eat a late breakfast. Coffee and snacks are available to purchase at Snoqualmie Falls gift shop which is the first stop. Granola Bars and fruit snacks are offered as a courtesy during the tour.

Where is the meeting location for the tour?
Meet your tour guide at the Pike Place Market Information booth no later than 10 AM located on 1st and Pike Street. This is close to the sign that says, “Public Market center” with the large clock. You will see a large brass pig beneath this location. Follow the brass hoof prints to the information booth towards 1st avenue.

How long does the tour last?
You will be picked up at the Pike Place Market at 9:45 AM and dropped off between 2:00-2:15 PM. 

Is the tour handicap accessible?
Accommodations can be made for foldable wheelchairs and walkers for those that are ambulatory and can board the bus with minimal assistance. Motorized wheelchairs cannot be accommodated for since the bus is not equipped with a ramp.