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Pioneer Square

Yesler Street & 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #104 of 212 attractions in Seattle
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Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Pioneer Square Park, topped by an ornate pergola, is the site of the city's oldest settlement.
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
111 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This Square is lovely and green. Although there may be some homeless in the area, it feels very safe and calm. History happened exactly on the spot - very interesting!

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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Liked the tree lined urban streets, the restaurants, shops and museums and close to Amtrak. Especially liked the Agate Designs rock shop.

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Kent UK
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Hated every minute of being here. Could not even get near the totem poles to take photos due to the homeless all congregated around them. Felt very intimidated even though there were police present. And the stench - well it stunk of urine as did most of Seattle especially around Pine st and Pike ST. Only nice area was down... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Great older part of the city. Home of the Police Museum, Underground Tour, Close to Ferry boats, waterfront & several Irish pubs (Collin's, Fado (best), Owl & Thistle, & Shane O'Connors). Also close to Safeco Field, Centurylink Field, Pyramid Brewery, Henry's Tavern, Jimmy's on First, Elysian Field's & my favorite Sluggers! I will stay here again every time & we... More

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Varese, Italy
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I went there for the first thursday's art walk and discovered how nice this neighborhood is. The buildings aren't too oversized and during First Thursday the streets were full of people and the galleries of new great artists.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I walked the neighborhood and found the people interesting but not much to see. There is a glass blowing studio in Occidental Park that allows visitors to see the process, which was interesting.

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Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
29 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Nice area to visit. It is a very quaint and beautiful part of town with many great shops and eateries to visit. However, be prepared for the huge homeless population that was constantly begging for money.

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Newcastle, Wyoming
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A lot of great old building and structures here. A lot of history as well; go on an underground tour while you're here. Lots of big trees and numerous people utilize this area. A number of homeless people here too, but they never bothered any one.

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Tacoma, Washington
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Visit during the day and you'll get a breathtaking idea of what Seattle must have been like at the turn of the century. The architecture and the buildings are magnificent. The cobblestone areas are really cool bringing some old world charm but everything is just a little dampened by the large amount of homeless and transient folks who call Pioneer... More

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Top Contributor
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30 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We read an outdated Frommers guide book that said Pioneer Square was an historic, hip place that was "up and coming." We walked down there, and actually had already-paid-for tickets to Smith Tower, but we didn't stay long enough to use them. As we approached Pioneer Square we noticed it was becoming more and more of a sketchy area. I... More

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