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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Tucker, Georgia
"Excellent tour with an equally excellent tour guide."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2019 NEW
The tour was fantastic. Adam, our guide, was excellent. He talked much of the trip and was a treasure trove of knowledge. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend this tour and guide to anyone,
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Jill M
"Great Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 03, 2019 NEW
Terry was an outstanding guide! Great customer service and I would highly recommend using his tour company.
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Wayne, New Jersey
"Great Tours, Guides and Vehicles"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 27, 2019 NEW
We actually went on two Shutter Tours while in Seattle--Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour and the Boeing Tour. For Snoqualmie/City, our tour guide was Amanda--absolutely fantastic. She is knowledgeable, personable and humorous and couldn't be more helpful. Very informative 4 hours covering the beautiful falls as well as all major areas of the city which provided us with a nice orientation. Terry was our guide for Boeing. When we showed up at the meeting place, we were surprised to find that we were the only two on the tour bus. To his and the company's credit, Terry advised us that they never cancel based on the number of people that sign up. Again, another great guide--personable, professional and extremely knowledgeable with great stories gleaned from his many years in the area. Another very interesting tour. Very comfortable vehicles. Lots of attention to detail and a genuine interest in your comfort and experience. Thanks you. Would highly recommend this tour outfit.
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"Snoqualmie Falls Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2019 NEW
I took the Shutter Tour Snoqualmie Falls tour which included Fremont Bridge troll, Ballard locks and Kerry Park. The Falls were absolutely beautiful. Amanda, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour while visiting Seattle.
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Oak Park, IL
"Efficient and comfortable way to get introduced to Seattle"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 21, 2019 NEW
This tour was as good as reported by other Trip Advisor travelers. We met at Pike Street Market right on time and spent an enjoyable 4 hours with Terry. Along with describing the highlights of the Seattle area, Terry was committed to helping us get the "right shot" with our cameras ( or phones), hence the name "Shutter Tours". We really enjoyed the attention to customer services.
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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.