Like an escalator coated in peanut butter, your routine can easily bog you down in the quotidian. Get up, go to work, see people, go home, build dog agility course, and repeat. Experience the world you largely ignore with today’s Groupon: $25 gets you a three-hour bus tour of Seattle’s most popular sights from Tours Northwest, a $49 value.
Like rock stars, elementary school kids, or rock stars dressed like elementary school kids, you’ll board a spacious van and begin a narrated, 50-mile, three-stop (Pioneer Square, the Ballard Locks, and a skyline photo-op) cruise around the Emerald City. Press against the expansive windows (designed for ample viewing) as you pass lovely landmarks like the beautiful Magnolia Bluff, Ichiro's Safeco stomping grounds, the Space Needle (catch it now, before it launches back to its home planet), and more. Tours Northwest employs local writers, actors, artists, and business people to unload all their wisdom and witticisms during the journey. Tours run seven days a week.
Touring by bus isn’t just economical—it’s also eco-friendly. Instead of piling your out-of-town visitors into a series of separate cars (and hurting feelings by assigning passengers to each vehicle by height and smell), you can spaciously fit a virtual Justice League of 24 riders on one of Tours Northwest's mini-coaches. Together, you’ll whiz through Chinatown, pass Pike Place Market, and take in the Puget Sound view, cutting down on pollution and saving on gas.
Get this Groupon to avoid awkward silences when family or friends come to town, or just to learn about the city’s popular sights from a plugged-in resident guide. Pickup locations include nearly 175 hotels, downtown, SeaTac, Tukwila, Bellevue, and Renton. Tours run seven days a week with five tours daily until October 10, three daily from October 11 to October 31, two daily from November 1 through December, one daily in January, and two daily from February 1 to April 2.
Tours Northwest recently changed their name from Seattle Tours. There aren’t any reviews under the new name, but two Yelpers give the guided bus adventures five stars:
Epically Elusive Wildlife
While investigating the natural and historic wonders of Seattle’s own backyard, keep in mind that the Pacific Northwest is rumored to be home to a host of cryptozoological entities not yet acknowledged by science. Keep your eyes peeled for these elusive beasts:
- Invisible Sasquatch
- The Kite-Eating Tree
- Robert Downey, Sr.
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