Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Housed in the historic Cadillac Hotel Building (319 2nd Ave. S, 206/553-7220, www.nps.gov/klse, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily, free), Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is Seattle’s portion of a two-part national historical park commemorating the Klondike Gold Rush; the primary section is in Skagway, Alaska.
The center traces Seattle’s role in the 1897 gold rush with films on the event—including Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush—informative exhibits, wonderful old photos, and gold rush and natural history books. During the summer, there’s usually something going on: ranger talks, gold-panning demonstrations, films, and guided walks. Free one-hour walking tours typically depart at 10 a.m. daily from mid-June to Labor Day.
Be sure to pick up the interesting gold rush map and brochure that includes descriptions of historic Pioneer Square buildings.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition