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Pioneer Square

Yesler Street & 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
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Ranked #109 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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Charlotte, NC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I think this had to be my favorite part of Seattle. Lovely little details everywhere. Though be careful looking touristy, the bums love it too. Its worth taking a stroll and admiring all that you can. Rich in History & beauty!

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Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

You see signs that say Pioneer Square .01 mile this way, etc, but you keep walking and probably would be more interested in the shops, etc, that were there. I had no idea i was there, however i also did not pay for the walking tour.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a must to see the older historical part of Seattle. The architecture of the buildings is worth seeing. There are nice restaurants and coffee houses along the way. Not to mention some cool other sites to see.

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Madison, Alabama, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
43 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Even though they were undergoing reservations this was a great choice! Such awesome service from entry to departure. Food in the bistro was very good, rooms were quiet, and beds were comfy! Close to everything!

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Tucson, Arizona
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356 reviews 356 reviews
116 attraction reviews
392 helpful votes 392 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I find Pioneer Square well worth a stop for visitors because of its history. This is old Seattle, where the founders moved after an uncomfortable six months on Alki Point. Its architecture features late 19th century brick and stone buildings. And the marvelous Underground Tour, which I've taken and highly recommend, starts near the wrought iron and glass pergola. The... More

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New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
52 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Not too far from the piers, this is a taste of "old" Seattle. There are very pretty parks and plaza scattered throughout the area, and some very nice cafes and restaurants, where you can people watch. Also, there is the "Underground Tour" , which takes you through the original city of Seattle, prior to its' rebuilding before the fire that... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I found the Pioneer Square area very disappointing with little to offer. I understand there are tours in the area but we just went to browse around and other than a few shops there wasn't much of an attraction. Unless something special is going on it is not especially interesting and it's inhabited by street people sleeping on the benches.... More

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Victoria, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

What is it about our west coast cities? We have a very high tolerance for the unusual - naked men running through the heart of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco; women and men in Pioneer Square enjoying a hit of cocaine mid afternoon Sunday in the sunshine in Pioneer Square in Seattle; homeless folks panhandling at the Saturday market in... More

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Seattle, Washington
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117 reviews 117 reviews
47 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you're a tourist visiting Seattle and you don't need to walk through Pioneer Square to get to the stadiums, you best avoid it. This is the least glamorous part of Seattle, unfortunately. The homeless/drug crowd has taken over this once beautiful part of the city and it's quite run-down.

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102 reviews 102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Nothing to see other than some dilapidated buildings surrounding countless junkies and alcoholics. Avoid!!!

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