Architectural Bestiary Tour of Downtown - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Architectural Bestiary Tour of Downtown

$35 per person
1.5 hours
Up to 20 people
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$35 per person
Seattle, Washington
What We’ll Do

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re being watched when you walk in downtown Seattle? You’re probably right! Hundreds of eyes peer out from buildings in the city observing your every step. Neither human nor electronic, these ever-present watchers belong to dozens of carved and molded animals gazing out from Seattle buildings. This 1.5-mile walk through Seattle’s central business district will reveal a menagerie of beasts fabled, fantastic, and fierce, including lions, eagles, ducks, and walruses.

Where We’ll Be

We'll be exploring central downtown Seattle and seeing the great menagerie of terra cotta and sandstone faces that gaze out from buildings.

About Your Host

Hi. I’m David, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am an award-winning author who has been leading walking tours around Seattle for more than 15 years. My books weave together the human and natural histories of Seattle and its surrounding areas. They include Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist, and Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal. This walk is based on what I learned writing those books.

For questions about this experience, please contact me directly through Airbnb.

What Else You Should Know

Please note this walk begins at 2200 Western Avenue and ends at a different location, at 705 2nd Avenue. It is about one mile south of the starting point.

Group Size

There are 20 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothes. This walk will go rain or shine. And, I suggest bringing a water bottle and snack.

What to Bring
  • Weather-appropriate clothes. A pair of binoculars for better view of high up faces.
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

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