An Alternative tour guide to Seattle

by Laurene Mondet
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If you have already visited the famous landmarks of this popular city and would like to discover another facet of Seattle then our alternative tour guide is perfect for you. Have a look at our selection of unusual attractions to experience something different on your special city break in Seattle.

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Sunday Ice Cream Cruise

Take a cruise in a nifty little boat and eat ice cream while looking out for the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat with the Sunday ice cream tour. This 45 minute cruise leaves from Lake Union every Sunday, all year round. It includes a humorous narration of old Seattle with some funky background music, only on your leading outdoor weekend in America.

Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore

Formerly known as the Museum of Mysteries, the only paranormal science museum of the state is run by ghost hunters! It boasts a selection of artefacts related to D.B. Cooper, Bruce Lee, the Maury Island UFO incident and other local paranormal events. You can also admire three Big Foot casts on your special heritage break in Seattle.

Archie McPhee

Archie McPhee has been supplying gifts and toys to Seattle since 1983. Located in Wallingford neighbourhood, this incredible boutique offers the weirdest collection of toys and candy that you have ever seen with aisles full of goofy gags and wacky bric-a-brac. Widely considered to be a mecca for connoisseurs of the strange, it is truly an unusual attraction on your luxury cultural getaway in America.

Seattle Bug Safari

Scorpions, centipedes, spiders and more creepy crawlies await you at the Seattle Bug Safari, an indoor zoo devoted to all types of live insects. Housing more than fifty different species, it is the largest collection of live specimens offered at a public exhibit in Washington State. Seattle tourists and kids of all ages can experience the exotic, behind-the-scenes world of insects with safari guides leading a fun, educational journey through the natural habitat of bugs from all over the world.

Steve’s Weird House

If you are looking for something very special, visit Seattle’s strangest home and private museum on your leading nature break in America. Stephen, the owner, resides in a Victorian home that is a cluttered combination of museum, library and art gallery. Not only is every inch of every wall covered with art, but all the ceilings are also strangely decorated. A truly unique experience not to be missed!

Aqua Verde and Paddle Club

Begin by paddling away from the Agua Verde Paddle Club to marvel at the bird life and vegetation of the Arboretum, and the beauty of the city and the richness of life itself. On your way back, head to Aqua Verde to sip margaritas, made with fresh juice, and taste delicious eco-friendly Mexican cuisine. Enjoy this gem on a special gastronomy escape in Seattle.

Seattle Sub Tour

The Seattle Sub Tour, also known as a subculture safari, will take you to places such as Kurt Cobain's house, Bruce Lee's burial ground and the site of the Wah Mee massacre in Chinatown, while exploring the diverse and little known history of some of Seattle's oldest neighbourhoods and cultures. Discover the city from a different angle during this 90 minute narrated bus ride on your best cultural break in Seattle.

The Pink Door

Named after its unmarked coral-pink door, this restaurant is a local legend. The two-story dining room is decorated with a jumble of ornate mirrors, mismatched silver candlesticks and exotic murals. A bar suspended high above tables is used by a trapeze artist who entertains on random nights on your special gastronomy break in Seattle.

Sorrento Hotel

The Sorrento is Seattle’s oldest operating luxury hotel and pioneered the fashion for boutique, luxury hotels occupying well-loved city landmarks. Dating back to 1908, the Sorrento was designed to look like an Italian villa with a dramatic circular driveway around a palm-fringed fountain. Sitting high on First Hill, the hotel overlooks Downtown and Elliott Bay, the perfect place to experience a leading city getaway in America.

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