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Tour groups are stress-free, comfortable, and cost-effective ways to get out and explore exciting destinations across Seattle. Nowadays, tour groups are extremely varied in their size, type, and targeted age demographics, and increasingly, they’re being created to cater to more specialized and niche audiences. From families, couples, and senior groups to ecotourists, architecture buffs, and coffee aficionados, a tour group can be tailored to just about any audience.
Tour groups may include anything from state park tours, sightseeing hikes, and bird-watching excursions to brewery visits, architecture treks, restaurant circuits, wine tastings, and more. These examples are only a few of the common types of group tours in the Seattle area, but there are a wide breadth of options available from regional Seattle travel agencies and tour operators. If you have something specific in mind but haven’t found a preexisting tour group package to suit your needs, Bus.com can help you design a custom tour group of your very own. Our 24/7 customer care team will help you every step of the way, from choosing the right bus to planning out a perfect itinerary.
Completed in 1919, Smith Tower is named for the Syracuse-born firearm and typewriter magnate Lyman Cornelius Smith, and is the oldest skyscraper in Seattle. The tower is an excellent example of neoclassical skyscraper design and is clad with a magnificent exterior of granite and white terracotta. Incredibly, this exterior has only been washed only once in 100 years, remaining almost spotless, even without regular cleanings.
A neighborhood in the southwest of present-day downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square is the historic heart of the city and where the city’s founders first assembled in 1852. Pioneer Square’s original buildings were nearly all destroyed in the disastrous Great Seattle Fire of 1889, but new buildings (most of them excellent examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque.style) were built right on top of the old. Remains of the old square still exist in tunnels under the street level, and there are several organized group tours to see them.
First opened in 1907, Pike Place Market is a public market is built on the slopes of a steep hill overlooking Seattle’s Elliott Bay. The market includes levels both below and above the street level and includes souvenir shops, produce stalls, fishmongers, antique dealers, and even the oldest head shop in the city. Not only is the marketplace popular among locals, but it’s the single most popular tourist destination in Seattle and the 33rd most visited attraction in the entire world!
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum in Seattle dedicated to showcasing the work of local glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. The museum complex is a unique Seattle landmark that redefines blown glass artwork and features multiple exhibition spaces, outdoor gardens, a 90 seat cafe, a 50 seat multimedia theater, and a lecture space.
The San Juan Islands are an island archipelago that lies between the state of Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. Historically, the islands were part of the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people. The name “San Juan” was given to the islands in 1791 by the Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza. Today, the Islands are renowned for their unique ecology and stunning wildlife, which includes many rare birds and most famously, three resident orca pods.
Vancouver is the most populous city in the Canadian province of British Columbia and is an extremely popular tourist destination for the entire west coast region. Vancouver is famous for seafood restaurants, nearby skiing, excellent regional wineries, and its pristine natural greenspaces. Greenspace hotspots like Stanley Park— a 1000 acre public park adjacent to the downtown core— feature dense old-growth rainforest, an aquarium, hiking and cycling trails, kayaking, swimming, and much more.
The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon that runs 80 miles along the border between Washington state and Oregon. The area is famous for its high density of waterfalls, including over 90 on the Oregon side of the gorge alone. In addition to waterfall sightseeing, though, many other outdoor recreational activities are also popular in the area, including hiking, biking, fishing, and water sports.
North Cascades National Park is a massive 500,000 acre National Park in the state of Washington, nearly 100 miles northeast of downtown Seattle. The park features breathtaking mountain peaks, large forests, multiple waterways, and the largest glacial system in the contiguous United States. The park is extremely popular with hikers, backpackers, and cyclists, as well as a burgeoning rock climbing and mountaineering community.