About

Localist creates custom tours and travel itineraries for visitors to Seattle.

Localist itineraries and tours are created and led by me, Nell, an experienced arts educator and cultural historian. I have been proud to call Seattle home since 2005, and in 2011 I earned my M.A. degree in Art History at the University of Washington. Over the years I’ve honed my skills working at museums on the east coast and, most recently, at the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park. Since then, I have given countless tours to various groups around Seattle (see the Wallingford Public Art Walk Recap for a recent project I worked on). In addition, I keep up-to-date on news, developments and events around the city so that I can match your interests with the best activities in Seattle. I am not a travel writer approaching the city as an “educated tourist,” and I am not a travel agent getting paid to promote certain businesses – rather I am a local “Seattleite” who wants to share the city with you!

My goal is to make you feel at home in Seattle! Every itinerary is created from scratch, based on your interests and your goals for the trip, and I will fill in all the details from where to eat to how to get around the city. Whether you are visiting from nearby in Washington State or from across the country, I will arrange exciting and interesting activities for you. You will be able to participate in the planning process as much or as little as you like, to make sure that the finished tour is exactly what you had hoped for!

What does a Localist itinerary include?

Everything! Unlike other tour companies, Localist will not only help you arrange your daily activities and tours during your stay, but also your lodging and dining, and special events as well. The hippest concerts, sports, bars and events are integrated into your itinerary. If you would like an afternoon to explore on your own, that’s no problem – I can suggest great walkable neighborhoods to visit or the perfect cafe to spend a couple of hours. I can pack your days full or suggest a meandering pace if you’d prefer. If you’ve never been to Seattle, or even if you have visited in the past and want to try something new, I’ll be your inside guide to the city!

To get an idea of what a Localist itinerary might look like, please see the Things to Do in Seattle When You’re Sick post, which includes suggestions of activities, restaurants, and shopping in the city. Your finished itinerary will also include times, directions for driving or taking public transportation, walking maps, and more! Completed itineraries are emailed to you as a pdf document, so please note you will need the Adobe Reader in order to view them. You can download Adobe Reader here.

What if I don’t like the itinerary you’ve created?

How do you know until you try it? Just kidding! If you don’t like the way it looks on paper, just let me know and I’ll be happy to revise, but these revisions may incur additional fees. Once your trip has completed, I will request that you complete a feedback form to let me know how it went. I want to work with you until the itinerary is just what you had hoped for!

If you are ready to get started, please visit the Request a Quote page to provide the dates of your visit and to tell me about your goals for the trip!

3 Responses to About

  1. Jan Knaphus says:

    Great idea Nell – good luck with your new venture!

  2. Kaye Perry says:

    My husband and I will be visiting Seattle for the first time on November 11-13, and we really do not know what to expect. We love the water so would like to see(cruse -preferably not too tourist style) and to stay along the coast. I would like to see the city under the city. We like to walk and explore on our own. We love stakes, sea food, music, and bars. Nite life of course (maybe with some blues and/or jazz). We are fairly easy going so we are fairly flexable as long as we do not have too much of a time table to HAVE to stick too.

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