The Best Tour Guides In Seattle!
Founded in 1994, Show Me Seattle is one of Seattle’s original tour companies. With over 25 years of experience and tens of thousands of happy customers, we’ve built a reputation for delivering intimate and entertaining experiences that highlight the people, places, and stories that make Seattle so unique.
Show Me Seattle is owned and managed by former tour guides, and we understand our Seattle tour is only as good as the guide. Whether you join one of our public tours, or book a customized private experience, you can be assured you are getting the best team in the business.
With years of experience and diverse backgrounds in tech, the military, the performing arts, the culinary world, the wine industry, local indigenous culture, history, education and more, our guides are the most professional, knowledgable and entertaining in Seattle. We’re passionate about the Emerald City, and can’t wait to share it with you!
Behind the Scenes
Michael owns and operates three travel companies: he started Beeline Tours in 1996 while working for Show Me Seattle in the summers as a tour guide. In 2007, he founded Seattle Food Tours to share his passion for Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and in 2014 he purchased Show Me Seattle, buying the very company that introduced him to the industry over 20 years ago. Most recently he took over as the owner of Seattle Express, which provides pre and post cruise transportation and shore excursions for cruise guests.
“By definition, I’m in the tour business, but to me, it’s really the entertainment business, and I design tours that reflect this ethos, crafting experiences that highlight a sense of place while creating memories that last a lifetime.”
A native of North Carolina, Leslie hit Seattle over 30 years ago to start work on her Masters in Theater at the UW. While a grad student, she took a part-time job in the Pike Place Market — and so began a love affair with the food and history of Seattle. When she joined Show Me Seattle as a tour guide, she specialized in — what else? — foodie tours with history, and for many years led tasting tours of the Pike Place Market and progressive dinner tours in Capitol Hill and Belltown. In 2018 she transitioned to running operations and finds that helping provide stellar tours for our guests is quite similar to producing shows with her theater company. She brings skills as a professional theater artist and producer, decades of experience in restaurants, catering and events, and a love of history to help create the optimum tour experience.
Private Tour Coordinator
Shawn Belyea is an award-winning actor, director, and producer, and his work as director of August: Osage County was honored in 2013 with four Gregory awards including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production. Shawn currently serves as a Tukwila City Arts Commissioner. Shawn has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years and is knowledgeable about the arts and culture of the region as well as the history and geography that have shaped Seattle. He enjoys bringing his varied skills into planning and providing tours in the city he loves.
Aaryn was raised in Phoenix, AZ and realized at a young age that the sun and desert heat was not for him. He wanted the opposite of Phoenix so he moved to Seattle in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. Aaryn has almost two decades of hotel hospitality experience and brings those skills and love for this city to Show Me Seattle.