What is it? Seattle’s oldest neighborhood (it’s where the first settlers built their homes), Pioneer Square boasts some incredible architecture, art galleries, cafés and bookstores.
Why go? It's one of the best places for soaking up Seattle history. Check out the outstanding Klondike Gold Rush museum to learn about Seattle's involvement in the 1890s mass migration to Canada’s Yukon region. Then try Smith Tower; built in 1914, this was the tallest building on the West Coast for years, and the views from the 35th floor are still spectacular. And if you're into something that seems a little more secret, sign up for a Bill Speidel's Underground Tour, where (as the name suggests), you'll journey underground to dark tunnels and winding subterranean passageways.