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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Austin, Texas
"Great overview of Seattle and falls"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 14, 2019 NEW
Tour was great and Amanda is amazing!!! Would highly recommend for views of the falls and sites in Seattle.
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"Had a great time! Excellent tour guide and great choice of sights to see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2019 NEW
We selected the Snoqualmie Falls tour because we wanted something that was not too long (about 4 hrs) but allowed us to see some nature as well as some of the sights in Seattle. We were not disappointed. Tracy was an excellent guide - very friendly and knowledgable about the area. We saw a lot on the tour. There were only about 12 people (mix of adults and kids) on the bus which was small enough to give everyone personalized attention and time to ask questions. I highly recommend this company and specifically this tour.
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Perth, Australia
"Great half day out in Seattle"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2019 NEW
You should book this tour. You wont be doing the usual attractions but instead will get out of the city for an hour or so and visit a great waterfall, and then do a few things that you wouldn't usually do as a tourist given their location. After all, you can find your own way to the stuff in the city! Preston was a great tour guide and as well as telling us some interesting gossip about the rich and famous of Seattle, he also became the photographer of the day and gave us some interesting tips - all in all it was a most enjoyable 4 hours
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Williamstown, Australia
"Informative and interesting city tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2019 NEW
This is a great tour to learn about Seattle, the guide was very informative with things to do if you were staying on in the city, we only had a few hours between cruise and flights so it was a good quick look at the city with our bags stored in the van.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
"Top notch tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 28, 2019 NEW
Terry was very informative and made sure we all had a great time. He accommodated our group of 9 and gave us some great lessons on photography that we were able to apply on our cruise beginning the next day. Would highly recommend this tour!
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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.