Situated between the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges on the coast of the Puget Sound, Seattle is truly a unique city. You can enjoy the city’s cosmopolitan feel with its world-class dining and shopping or drive a short distance outside of the city for some of the most beautiful hikes in the Pacific Northwest. Read about the Seattle sites and attractions below:
Seattle was first settled by the Denny Party in the early 1850s. The town on the shores of the Puget Sound started off as a logging town for shipping lumber down to California. In 1889 the entire city burned down in what is known as the Great Seattle Fire, but quickly built back up, and it grew in size as a supply port for would-be Klondike kings and queens on their way to Alaska.
The Klondike Gold Rush Museum celebrates this part of Seattle history. The museum is located in the historic area of downtown Seattle near Pioneer Square. At the museum, you can explore two floors of exhibits that tell the story of America’s last great gold rush. Or choose from three of the half-hour long films that follow the journey of would-be Klondike Kings and Queens as they made their way from the port of Seattle to Alaska.
The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During the winter, they are open every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.
If the weather is nice, pick up a map at the Klondike Gold Rush Museum and go for a free self-guided walking tour of Pioneer Square where you will get to explore the rich history of Seattle’s most historic neighborhood.
During the summer, the museum also offers free ranger-led tours. The tours last around 45-60 minutes and can accommodate up to 20 people on a first come basis. The tours are held Friday, Saturday, and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tours depart from the Klondike Gold Rush Museum.
Best Attractions In Seattle
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