Before walking tours, urbanites rid themselves of wanderlust by getting lost in fantasy novels and pretending their neighbors’ dogs were dragons guarding garages filled with treasure. Slay boredom with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one green walking-tour ticket from Immersus Tours on Pike Street (a $30 value).
Immersus Tours adventures through Seattle’s off-the-beaten path destinations with a combination of public transportation and on-foot sightseeing. Green-tour-goers can explore the hidden gems of Green Lake’s waterside paths and Fremont’s bohemian offerings, which include a 16-foot statue of Vladimir Lenin and roving bands of beat poets. Between history lessons on local landmarks, walkers can relax their weary feet by hopping on a passing bus. Tour guides help both visitors and natives imbed themselves in colloquial culture, striking up conversations with small-business owners and indulging guests with samples from the local chocolate factory, in addition to beer and donut samples at other stops along the way. Tours depart regularly at 10:30 a.m. from the Hard Rock Cafe, named for its blend of espresso-sipping poets and intermittent boulder avalanches.
Pike Place Market
114 Pike St.
Seattle, Washington 98101