Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

This wonderful museum eloquently run by the US National Park Service has exhibits, photos and news clippings from the 1897 Klondike gold rush, when a Seattle-on-steroids acted as a fueling depot for prospectors boun…
Top Choice Area in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Pioneer Square Historical District

Many important architectural heirlooms are concentrated in Pioneer Sq, the district that sprang up in the wake of the 1889 Great Fire. Instantly recognizable by its handsome redbrick buildings, the neighborhood's pr…
Landmark in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

King Street Station

One of the pillars upon which Seattle built its early fortunes, the old Great Northern Railroad depot was given some much needed Botox in the early 2010s after decades of neglect. Serving as the western terminus of …
Street in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Yesler Way

Seattle claims its Yesler Way was the coining ground for the term ‘skid road’ – logs would ‘skid’ down the steeply sloped road linking a logging area above town to Henry Yesler’s mill.
Park in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Occidental Park

Once a rather grim place, Occidental Park has undergone a recent renaissance thanks largely to a partnership between the City of Seattle and a couple of nonprofit groups. Following an urban-renewal campaign in 2015,…
Landmark in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Pioneer Building

Built in 1891, this magnificent structure facing Pioneer Square Park is one of the finest Victorian buildings in Seattle and showcases many of the classic components of Richardsonian Romanesque; look for the Roman a…
Museum in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Living Computer Museum

Owned by unapologetic computer geek and Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, this place will evoke heavy nostalgia in anyone who can remember the world pre-internet. Hosted in a nondescript commercial building in indus…
Landmark in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Grand Central Arcade

This lovely meeting point was originally Squire’s Opera House, erected in 1879. When the Opera House was destroyed in the Great Fire, it was rebuilt as the Squire-Latimer Building in 1890 and later became the Grand …
Landmark in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Pergola

This decorative iron pergola in Pioneer Square Park was built in 1909 to serve as an entryway to an underground lavatory and to shelter those waiting for the cable car that went up and down Yesler Way. The reportedl…
Landmark in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Smith Tower

A mere dwarf amid Seattle's impressive modern stash of skyscrapers, the 42-story neoclassical Smith Tower was, for half a century after its construction in 1914, the tallest building west of Chicago. The beaux arts–…