LET’S ASSUME you’re downtown because you probably are. First, to get around much quicker, rent a bike from The Bicycle Repair Shop ( $9-20/hr).
Right from the start you have to decide if you want to do something touristy. Touristy, but cool. The Underground Tour captivated me as a youngster with its potential for ghosts, damp corners, and scurrying wharf rats. For an hour or so a guide leads you through Pioneer Square’s catacombs, shedding light on Seattle’s past among the buried remains of a city that used to be.