Denny Hill: History of the Regrade - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Denny Hill: History of the Regrade

$50 per person
Seattle, Washington
About Your Host

Hi. I’m David Williams, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am an award-winning author who has been leading walking tours around Seattle for more than 15 years. My books weave together the human and natural histories of Seattle and its surrounding areas. They include Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City, The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist, and Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal. This walk is based on what I learned writing those books.

For questions about this experience, please contact the host directly through Airbnb.

What We’ll Do

On this walk, we will explore Seattle's most famous land alteration project: the complete removal of a hill in the downtown area. We'll cover about 1.5 miles circumnavigating the old hill in the area known as the Denny Regrade, where Amazon's campus is now located. Along the walk, we'll learn about how and why early Seattleites undertook this audacious and ambitious project, which they completed between 1897 and 1930. We'll also see clues in the landscape that allow you to visualize Denny Hill and walk through the heart of the Amazon campus.

What Else You Should Know

We'll cover about 1.5 miles with minimal elevation change.

Where We’ll Be

We'll explore the area known as the Denny Regrade in order to understand its history and context in the historic and modern city.

Dates and Availability

Airbnb is an official booking partner for Atlas Obscura Experiences. To learn more, see our FAQ.

What to Bring

Weather appropriate clothes.

Additional Information
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Group Size

There are 15 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Get ourthe Atlas Obscura newsletter and enjoy hidden wonders right indelivered straight to your inbox.