You’ve seen the Waterfront and Seattle Center, now head back in time and have a look at the oldest part of Seattle, in and around the Pioneer Square neighborhood. And since you’re in coffee-centric Seattle, you have to start the day with java at Caffe Umbria or Zeitgeist Coffee—both offer delicious blends and creamy lattes. After your coffee (those pastries look pretty tempting, too), take the wonderfully entertaining Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour where you’ll wander through tunnels that were once streets and hear anecdotes about life in early Seattle. The tour begins at the corner of First Avenue and Yesler Way. This tour provides a little fun and paints an interesting picture of the characters who founded Seattle. Be forewarned that participants need an appreciation for bad jokes and should not have a fear of dark, musty basements. Afterward, head up to the observation deck on the 35th floor of Smith Tower, a 1914 skyscraper that retains its historic character and gorgeous period details. You’re no doubt hungry now, so head over to the nearby Chinatown/International District for dim sum at Jade Garden and a look around the neighborhood. A visit to the Wing Luke Asian Museum is a great way to round out your day. The museum tells the story of the Asians and Pacific Islanders who have played a significant role in Seattle’s diverse cultural mix since the coming of the railroad.
On your last evening in Seattle, have dinner at one of Seattle’s many fine restaurants, such as Lola in Belltown or Ray's Boathouse in Ballard.
If you have extra time:
1. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will give you insight into one of the seminal events in Seattle’s history.
2. Museum of Pop Culture
If you're a rock-music fan, explore this unusual museum. It's inside a huge blob of color that looks a bit like a melted-down electric guitar. If you're not interested in going inside, at least stroll around outside and marvel at the building's sweeping lines and colorful exterior.
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