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Capitol Hill Tours

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods—and it’s one of contrasts. There’s the quiet, leafy streets sporting mansions and well-manicured lawns, and then there’s a happening restaurant, bar, and nightclub scene at the neighborhood’s center. There’s something for everyone here.

The Basics
Capitol Hill’s moniker was once aspirational. Its creators thought the geologically prominent neighborhood might one day be the site of the state’s capitol building, but government bigwigs had a different idea. (Olympia ended up Washington’s capital city.) Still, the neighborhood is a destination for many, where young professionals might mingle with the thriving LGBTQ community, and artists and foodies frequent establishments that Kurt Cobain once played. Niche theaters, music venues, quirky coffee shops, bookstores, and high-end boutiques all feel at home here. 

You might build a trip to Capitol Hill around the weekly Broadway Farmers Market, held every Sunday year-round, to buy fresh and seasonal artisanal foods, flowers, and crafts. On sunny days, Volunteer Park is a bustling gathering spot for picnics and a game of Frisbee. Climb the water tower for free, 360-degree views of Seattle, and then visit Volunteer Park Conservatory’s glass-encased collection of cacti, pitcher plants, orchids, and ferns. Some Seattle sightseeing tours visit Capitol Hill.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Capitol Hill attracts every type of traveler, including young visitors and families.
  • Capitol Hill is best seen on foot, so be prepared with comfortable walking shoes.
  • Parking is limited, so it’s advisable to use public transportation or a ride-hailing app.

How to Get There
Capitol Hill can be found just east of the downtown business district. While there is street parking and pay lots, these tend to be competitive and pricy. Rather than drive, it’s best to take public transportation (using the Seattle Streetcar, Link Light rail, or numerous bus lines). Or, book a tour that includes round-trip transport.

When to Get There
The timing of your visit depends on your ultimate goal. If you’re here to party, the nightclubs start heating up around 10pm on weekends. If you’re hoping to visit almost any other time, the earlier in the day is better to avoid crowds. 

Capitol Hill Restaurants
This neighborhood is one of the most exciting dining destinations in all of Seattle. You’ll find James Beard Award-winning restaurants next to up-and-comers and under-the-radar gems. For some of the best Italian food outside of Europe, try the handmade pasta at Spinasse after an aperitivo at next-door Artusi. Increasingly acknowledged on a national stage, the playful Japanese fare at Adana is worth trying. And for impeccable flavors from around Asia, Stateside has you covered for brunch and dinner. 

Address: Seattle, Washington, USA
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Capitol Hill

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Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour

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Check out Seattle’s latest attractions and hip culture on this 1.5-hour, guided sightseeing tour around the city. Drive by must-see sites like popular Pike Place Market, historic Pioneer Square and the iconic Space Needle. See Kurt Cobain’s former home as well as a certain floating house from the movie 'Sleepless in Seattle.' With lively narration and some of Seattle’s best music playing, this is sure to be a tour that is both educational and entertaining. Transportation by minibus. Hotel pickup is included for customers staying at downtown Seattle hotels, South Lake Union area hotels, or university area hotels.
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Seattle Culture, Art, And Music Walking Tour

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Seattle Culture, Art, And Music Walking Tour

Experience Seattle’s rich art and music scenes with a local insider on this guided excursion. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture from an informative guide and enjoy a custom-crafted tour designed to suit your interests—a trip to Olympic Sculpture Park or Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, for instance. Other options include the Museum of Pop Culture, the unique Cinerama movie theater, or the Experience Music Project Museum.
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Book A Local Host In Seattle: Private & Personalised

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Book A Local Host In Seattle: Private & Personalised

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Join a local Seattle guide for a fully personalized, private tour that’s designed just for you. With half a day to explore alongside a guide who shares your interests, you can search for the perfect cup of coffee, discover funky neighborhoods, or browse unique shops, skipping group tours' more generic itineraries for a curated experience and local perspective.
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Seattle: Book A Local Host For Six Hours

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Seattle: Book A Local Host For Six Hours

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Seattle’s dramatic setting, thriving bar and restaurant scene, and proximity to nature captivate visitors. This tour, led by a local, helps you go off the beaten track and see the city through the eyes of a native. Before you arrive, you’ll tell your guide your preferences and interests. From there, your guide will develop an itinerary visiting the hidden gems most visitors miss.
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Seattle Walking Tour: Hidden Gems And Highlights

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Seattle Walking Tour: Hidden Gems And Highlights

Get acquainted will all that Seattle has to offer on a walking tour of the city’s highlights and lesser-known hidden gems. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides information, recommendations, and tips that visitors to Seattle often miss, from the best restaurants to public events. Unlike impersonal large-group tours, booking a private tour ensures an experience tailored to your needs and interests.
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  • 3 hours
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Sleepless In Seattle: Discover The City's Nightlife

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Sleepless In Seattle: Discover The City's Nightlife

Discover speakeasies, craft breweries, and classy wine bars in Seattle’s hip Capitol Hill neighborhood. This private nightlife tour offers a personalized itinerary with a variety of handpicked venues. Two drinks of your choice are included in the price, along with local knowledge and insight provided by your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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