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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Seattle, Washington
"Mt. Rainier National Park Day Tour - The Bees Knees"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
We picked Shutter Tours to take my family including a 70+ senior and a 5 year old daughter, because they did such a good job of removing any stress from a previous trip we took for the Tulip Festival. It was a pretty relaxed pace and yet we managed to get in an awful lot, from short hikes to waterfalls to lunch at Paradise Inn. Our guide, Amanda, is a solid driver and it was funny to see her on the trails as we walked around Mt. Rainier National Park. Take her advice when it comes to food and routes/level of ambition. She knows of what she speaks.
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Ron S
Greeley, Colorado
"Nice Tour Know what to expect"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2019 NEW
Overall my wife and I really enjoyed our tour of the City of Seattle with Shutter tours. There were many positives. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. He was also very helpful even taking pictures of both of us so we could both bein the photos together and have the wonderful waterfalls in the background. He helped anyone else who wanted it too. Stops were interesting, although the troll was just amusing. Pickup Andy. Drop off we’re a breeze. Would not hesitate to recommend. Photo tips were very elementary.
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Bourbonnais, Illinois
"Superior experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
This was our first trip to Seattle, the tour was perfect in the scope and exposure to the city. Terry was an excellent tour guide, gave lots of great tips, very knowledgeable. He framed the rest of our trip with his recommendations. We had a fabulous time!
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Wonderful and informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2019 NEW
Our guide, Preston, was great. He was funny and full of information, we could tell he enjoys his job. We didnt want the tour to end. I'm glad we book the tour to Snoqualmie.
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Darryl B
"Don't tour Seattle without Shutter Tours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 06, 2019 NEW
Second time with Shutter Tours and it won't be the last. If you are a photographer they will take you to the best places. If you want to be, they will help you
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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.