Book now for the 2013 tour season.
Take the #1 rated Seattle tour (July 2012) based on Tripadvisor.com reviews to Snoqualmie Falls and then tour the city with us.
We are not a simple transportation company that only drives you around the city and point out different locations through the windows with one or two quick 5-10 minute stops. With Shutter Tours we take the time to stop and explore the locations allowing you to have a richer Seattle experience and help you with simple photos tips on your scenic tour.
Our tour begins with either a hotel pickup or meet your tour guide at the Pike Place market at 10 AM. As we make our way through the city you’ll learn the history of the city, how the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 became an important event to turn Seattle into a major city and explain the “Underground” of Seattle.
We then make our way on I-90 over the worlds second longest floating bridge. Your guide will then share some fun facts about Bill Gates house as you cross Lake Washington and make your way to the Cascade Foothills.
Your first experience in the Cascade foothills will be a drive through the town of Snoqualmie, the real “Twin Peaks” of the Pacific Northwest. Then you’ll enjoy the majesty of Snoqualmie Falls, which is sure to be a favorite memory on your tour with us.
Our next stop is the beautiful Japanese Gardens located at the Washington Park Arboretum. A 3 1/2 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida. Rated one of the top Japanese Gardens in the world outside of Japan.
Next stopping point is the Fremont Troll where you can take some time to get some photos of this one of a kind piece of public art. As we drive through Fremont you’ll see a 16′ tall statue of Bolshevik Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. Your guide will share with you how this statue arrived in Seattle and the story behind its history.
Next we make our way to some chocolate tasting at Theo Chocolate, the only Organic, Fair Trade, Fair for Life certified Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory in North America. When you walk into Theo, you’ll get a blast of chocolate smells with the ability to taste different combinations from Coconut Curry, to Spicy Chili and many others.
We then stop at the Ballard Locks also driving through Fisherman’ Terminal where you’ll see the Pacific Fishing fleet. At the Ballard Locks you may see migrating salmon going through the locks system, Sea Lions, Eagles and maritime traffic as they navigate this engineering marvel.
Next we take in the #1 rated location in Seattle for taking a photo of the skyline, the picturesque viewpoint at Kerry Park.
We arrive back at the Pike Place Market at 2 PM for you to continue your sightseeing of the city with a newfound love of the city and photography composition tips to help you take postcard perfect photos on the rest of your vacation.
With many sights in-between you are sure to thoroughly experience Seattle and all the beauty and culture the city has to offer.
For booking of four or more people, by entering 4 in the quantity field, a 10% discount will be automatically applied to the adult prices of $69 and $59.
Please contact us at 425-516-8838 if a day/time you want to book the tour is unavailable.
We are also proud of our testimonials received from our tour participants through the years.
Our itinerary ensures adequate time spent at each location allowing individual feedback and suggestions from our guides. We’ve done all the work and planning, so you can spend your time having a positive experience. We offer a 10% discount for 4 or more people at checkout, so bring along a friend.
Just like all our tours, we “Focus” on getting you to the most picturesque locations and helping you become a better travel photographer. Shutter tours is rated a “Top 5″ tour by those who rate us on Tripadvisor.com, so you know we are a trusted and respected company.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour
Dates for Tour?
We run our Snoqualmie Falls tours from May-October. You can Join us on our Tulip Festival Tours in April.
What are the costs?
The cost is $69.00 per person with discounts for seniors and children
Are the tours refundable?
Yes, you can get a full refund up to 48 hours before your tour date.
Do you offer any group discounts on this tour?
Yes, when you book your tour and enter in a quantity of four or more participants, the system will automatically give a 10% discount on adult prices (subject to change)
Meet your tour guide at the Pike Place Market Information booth no later than 10 AM located on 1st and Pike Street. This is close to the sign that says “Public Market Center” with the large clock. You will see a large brass pig (Rachel) beneath this location. Follow the brass hoof prints to the information booth towards 1st Avenue.
How long is the tour?
pickup at the Pike Place Market at 10 AM and drop off at 2:30 PM. Hotel pickups and dropoffs may require an extra 20 minutes before and after the tour.
A few reminders before you arrive.
Tipping if you are satisfied with the quality of the tour is always appreciated.
Meet your tour guide at the Pike Place Market Information booth no later than 10 AM located on 1st and Pike Street. This is close to the sign that says “Public Market Center” with the large clock. You will see a large brass pig (Rachel) beneath this location, follow the brass hoof prints to the information booth towards 1st Avenue.
Make sure your batteries are completely charged and if possible, bring spares.
Make sure you have enough memory chips if you shoot digital.
Please dress accordingly based on the weather conditions.
Make sure you bring good walking shoes. It’s a leisurely walk while you are out of the bus, but we want you to be comfortable while on your feet.
Please arrive at the Pike Place Market information booth, 10-15 minutes before our 10 am departure or contact us for your hotel pickup. (Please allow 20-30 minutes additional travel time for hotel pickups and drop offs)
If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at 425-516-8838
Use the Snoqualmie Falls and City Tour link to book online.
All entrance fees are included in the tour price.
For your convenience we also provide the following:
Umbrellas and rain-jackets
First aid kit
and many more items.
Camera’s are not included on this tour, but we can direct you were to rent one should you not have a camera available. We are sorry but our bus is not able to accommodate Wheelchairs.
Refundable up to 48 hours before tour starting time. We understand how difficult it is to make travel arrangements. Many tour companies will contact you the day of the tour and cancel because they have not sold enough tickets. Our policy is once a tour is booked we will fulfill our obligation to you so that you may enjoy the tour you have paid for despite the number of tickets sold. In the event of a small groups being on the tour we reserve the right to use a more fuel efficient form of transportation such as our SUV instead of our bus, for environmental impact reasons.