Seattle's Pioneer Square: First in Art and History

Stroll Seattle's oldest neighborhood, visit art galleries and museums, and enjoy superb dining

First in so many ways, Pioneer Square was the first neighborhood established in Seattle (1852), first in the nation to create monthly Art Walks and is home to Smith Tower, Seattle's first skyscraper. This popular area is infused with history, innovation and art, making it a must-see in Seattle. 

Damn the Weather


Start your day off right by adding hazelnut milk to your drink at Elm Coffee Roasters and end it with a nightcap at Damn the Weather. In between, get a fried chicken sandwich and a can of Rainier for just $10 at the new D&E restaurant.  

MadeHere SEA


For sustainably crafted, handmade clothing and accessories, drop by Velouria; next door, Cone & Steiner carries specialty foods from the Pacific Northwest. Keep the local theme going with locally made clothes at MadeHere SEA

Smith Tower


Before taking in the views from the observation deck atop Smith Tower, browse the exhibits that explore Prohibition-era Seattle. Then go back even further in time at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, which covers the era when Stampeders changed the face of Seattle. 

You’ll be equal parts educated and entertained on a tour of the original downtown’s subterranean passageways with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. Afterward, enjoy a glass of Cabernet at the Browne Family Vineyards Tasting Room