Space Needle Observation Deck
Most travelers visit the Space Needle. This steel, alien-spaceship-shaped needle is one of the most beloved landmarks in Seattle. And the views atop are one of the best in town. The observation deck features a panoramic view of the city. Make reservations to dine at the Space Needle’s restaurant. Here, you’ll wine and dine while the restaurant rotates, offering visitors the panoramic view right from the comfort of their dining table.
Smith Tower is Seattle’s iconic, and most historic, observatory. Visiting Smith Tower is hit or miss amidst tourists. People either know about the observation deck or have never heard of the building. Pre-book a ticket to visit the 360-degree view observation deck and indulge in a bit of prohibition at the legendary observation bar. This is one of the most historic buildings in Seattle and is more affordable than the Space Needle.
This iconic park is one of the most visited parks in the city. And once you see the view you’ll understand why. Catch a glimpse of the entire city, and if you’re lucky, Mount Rainier in the backdrop. West Highland Drive is one of the most beautiful streets in the city. The several-million dollar homes inspire the American Dream, only to realize that this craving is not achievable for peasants and the middle-class alike.
Lakeview Boulevard East Bridge above I5
This bridge features stunning views of Lake Union, Queen Anne, the space needle and the north end of the city. It’s a perfect spot for photographers to capture long-shutter speed images of the horrific I-5 traffic.
This popular Capitol Hill Park is another Seattle favorite. Livened by events and hipsters with purple hair, it’s a great place to people watch. Climb the tower to catch a bird’s eye view of the city and the sound, of course that is only when it’s a clear day.
Gas Works Park
This gas factory turned into an urban park is another local hotspot. It’s a popular place for wedding photographers, and the view of South Lake Union and the city ignites the “Sleepless in Seattle” vibe. If you know where to look (with binoculars), catch a glimpse of the actual houseboat used in the movie.
Seacrest Park, located in West Seattle, overlooks a waterfront view of the city and the sound. Located on Harbor Avenue, access this park easily from downtown Seattle using the water taxi. Aquatic junkies kayak and scuba dive from these shorelines.
Hamilton Viewpoint Park
Located above Alki beach, this park overlooks the Puget Sound, Cascade Mountains, downtown Seattle, Queen Anne and Magnolia. Equipped with plenty of benches and green space, it’s the perfect park to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset.
I may be biased, but I believe our rooftop has one of the most beautiful views of the city. In fact, it's better than Kerry Park because there are no trees obstructing the view. On a clear day, we can see the Snoqualmie mountains behind Queen Anne hill, the city, the sound, Mt Rainier, West Seattle and the Cascade mountains. It's the best seat in the house for a sunset.
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