Claiming that there are hidden passageways beneath a city sounds more like a conspiracy theory than city history, and in 1954 many people doubted the rumors of a “hidden city” beneath Pioneer Square. Enter Bill Speidel, a publicist who was convinced by his wife to “save Pioneer Square.” Speidel confirmed the rumors, helping to convince the city of Pioneer Square’s historic value and founding the Seattle Underground Tour. Today you can still venture into the depths of Seattle that was consumed in the great fire of 1889 and walk its (supposedly haunted) corridors. 614 First Ave., 682-4646
First runner-up: Ride the Ducks
Second runner-up: Savor Seattle Food Tours
Honorable mention: Seattle by Foot, Seattle Architecture Tours
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