The following local tours are open to all registered GSA Annual Meeting attendees and guests. For short visits and historical tours, it is valuable to have an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide to assist you as you tour the city. Our tour groups are small and provide guests with an opportunity to ask questions and get off the beaten path!
101. Emerald City Highlights Tour
Sun., 22 Oct., 9:00a.m.- 2:00 p.m. US$90.00; min 15 participants.
Known as a world-class city, Seattle is the best of both worlds: offering the best of urban lifestyle while embracing the rugged outdoors. A local expert will take you through the city’s must-see attractions, famous landmarks and beautiful sights. You will learn about Seattle’s history and culture, and get insider tips on special shopping and sightseeing areas. This tour includes Historic Pioneer Square and Seattle Waterfront, Hiram Locks, Bihuly Garden & Glass, and Pike Place Market.
102. Walking Tour & Tasting Tour of Pike Place Market
Mon., 23 Oct., 10:00a.m.- 12:00 p.m. US$80.00; min 10 participants.
Join us for Seattle’s original food and cultural tour of Pike Place Market! Become a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic 100+ year old landmark. This is a special “Behind the Scenes” tour where you will learn the history of the Pike Place Market, meet the purveyors and food producers as well as the Market’s lively characters and hear their memorable stories. See fish fly, cheese being made, and the original Starbucks store. Our tour guides are past and present members of the Pike Place Market community.
103. Boeing Everett Plant Tour / Aviation Tour
Tues., 24 Oct., 12:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. US$78.00; min 15 participants.
William Edward Boeing founded one of the greatest dynasties in commercial aviation. The Boeing Company has transformed the Pacific Northwest into a major aeronautical hub. This fascinating tour offers an in-depth view into the many facets of the airplane industry. You will actually get to view airplanes being assembled right before your eyes including the new 777 and 787 Dreamliner. The Boeing Factory Tour also begins here, which offers the only publicly available opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America.
104. Washington Wine Tasting Tour
Tues., 24 Oct., 12:30p.m. - 4:30 p.m. US$105.00; min 15 participants.
Washington State is the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Nestled in the Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville is a small community that has become a haven for fine winemakers. With the perfect climate for wine, ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation and social responsibility, Washington State is a premium wine producing region. Located just 30 minutes from Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery and Novelty Hill | Januik are two of the area’s top attractions. Both vineyards run grape producing areas throughout Washington State, and bring the fruits of the labors to Woodinville for the creation of excellent wines under the guidance of expert winemakers. Guests will enjoy private tours and tastings at these amazing locations. Locations include Chateau Ste. Michelle and Novelty Hill |Januik.
105. Waterfalls, Chocolate and Wine Tour
Wed., 25 Oct., 12:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m. US$88.00; min 15 participants.
This Pacific Northwest outing takes you to scenic waterfalls, a quaint Swiss Chocolate Factory and wine tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. The day begins with a visit to one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions, Snoqualmie Falls. Here, the Snoqualmie River cascades 270 feet through a spectacular rock gorge into a 65 foot deep pool. The tour will continue to Boehm's Candy Kitchen, known throughout the Northwest for their fabulous Swiss chocolates. The Guided Tour of Boehm’s will take you through the candy factory where you will receive samples of their amazing confections and see how their candies are made. The tour will continue to nearby Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Located on 87 acres of arboretum-like grounds, Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington's oldest winery, taking its place among the classic wineries of the world. Enjoy a tour that allows a romantic yet technologically accurate view of the art and science of wine-making.