The SubSeattle Tour, dubbed as a "humorous bus tour of off-beat neighborhoods and sights," offers a unique and unconventional perspective of Seattle.
We met in Pioneer Square in the Underground Tour offices. After checking in and exploring the gift shop, we were told the bus was ready for us. We hopped on tour bus with our guide April, who offered us water bottles and quirky anecdotes throughout the 90-minute tour.
We drove through the International District and learned about the Chinese Masons, and the best place to buy fruit. Next we went up to Beacon Hill for one the best views of the city and an answer to the question "What is that building and why does it look so creepy?"
Then we drove down to Lake Washington and got out and walked along the beach. Next we stopped at Kurt Cobain's house and posed for photos on the bench located next door to the house where fans have memorialized it with writings, carving and guitar picks.
We drove through Volunteer Park where we learned about the Olmsted brothers and brown street signs. We posed for more photos at the statue with a hole that perfectly frames the Space Needle. After a trip through Capitol Hill which included a haunted house and the Jimi Hendrix statue we ended back at Pioneer Square where we walked around and explored the shops.
This tour is good for travelers who want an out of the ordinary tour experience but don't have a lot of time. Locals would also enjoy learning about some of these lesser known locations and histories.
Some tour times do sell out so it is recommended to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tours run March through November. For more information, visit the website.