Seattle Skyline from Queen Anne Hill, February 17, 2010, photo by Daniel Schwen (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Pergola, Pioneer Square, Seattle, August 22, 2018, Photo by Msuner (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Seattle waterfront, courtesy Visit Seattle
Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle, photo by Alabastro Photography, courtesy Visit Seattle

Welcome to HistoryLink's Walking Tours

Written by HistoryLink’s network of experts in local history, our easy-to-use self-guided walking tours — now with audio and translation — explore Washington neighborhoods with a nod to the past. Meticulously researched and richly illustrated, each tour is easily accessible via public transit.

Pike Place Market Architecture

If the walls could talk, the stories they would tell

Originally an outdoor market on a recently board-walked side street, the Pike Place Market remained outdoors until 1907, when brothers...


An artsy bohemia and the birthplace of Grunge

Since time immemorial a Duwamish village site known as babáqWab existed along the seashore at the cliffside foot of today’s...

Volunteer Park (Seattle)

Luxurious landscapes by John Charles Olmsted

Volunteer Park was designed by John Charles Olmsted, stepson and nephew of Frederick Law Olmsted who is famous for his...

South Lake Union

Where Seattle's past meets its high-tech future

When Seattle was founded in 1851, Lake Union was the backwater of a backwater town. A natural dam at Montlake...


Historical surprises in a bustling Eastside suburb

Native Americans inhabited the Squak Valley for centuries before the first homesteaders arrived in the 1860s. The village they founded...

Pioneer Square

Seattle's first downtown, handsomely preserved

Pioneer Square has long been an important location and center of activity for the residents of this area. The first...

Pike Place Market Eateries

A foodie's walking guide to the Market

The Pike Place Market began at the corner of 1st Avenue and Pike Street on August 17, 1907, when eager...

Central District

Seattle's hub for Black culture and community

Seattle’s Central District (also called the Central Area, or CD) has been a hub for Black business and culture since...


A busy community with a colorful past

Named for a village in Scotland, Kenmore is a community built on the hills and north shoreline of Lake Washington....

Market to MOHAI

The Pike Place Market and the Museum of History and Industry are two landmark institutions in Seattle. Between them lies...

Chinatown-International District

Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (CID) is a unique multicultural neighborhood. Unlike other U.S. cities, the Asian American community in Seattle occupies...

Seattle’s Central Waterfront

Seattle’s waterfront is a place where people have been gathering, trading, and playing for centuries, even as the actual ground...

First Hill

"Pill Hill" was once a haven for the wealthy

First Hill is one of Seattle’s most eclectic and historic neighborhoods, characterized by a diversity of building types, architectural styles...

Forest Park (Everett)

Where families and friends can meet and play

Forest Park is Everett’s largest park and its second oldest, dating to 1894 when the city purchased two five-acre tracts,...

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