There are several locations in Seattle that provide unparalleled views of the city and its surroundings, including its skyline, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, Elliott Bay and the exceptional sunsets that light up the sky and hover over the Puget Sound waters. If you’re looking for the best place to catch a Seattle sunset, look no further than one of these favored city or beach parks.
Alki Beach Park
1702 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Alki Beach in West Seattle is not only one of the best spots to watch the sun go down, it is also the first Seattle location where white settlers landed in 1851. Alki Beach Park has a very wide, 2.5-mile-long pathway that allows visitors to take a leisurely stroll, go jogging, ride their bikes and skateboards or rollerblade. It is a popular beach spot during the day and draws thousands of people every summer. The view from Alki Beach at sunset is one you’ll remember for years to come. You can clearly see the Olympic Mountains in the background, the beautifully lit Seattle skyline and ferries crossing across the vast Puget Sound waterways. Take a seat at one of Alki Beach’s many picnic tables, or walk along its sandy beach and capture amazing photographs during this location’s sunset.
Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
Golden Gardens Park sits just north of downtown Seattle in the Ballard neighborhood. It features a wonderful, sandy beach along the Puget Sound’s rugged coastline, plus hiking trails, a boat launch and a fishing pier. The beach offers one of the best views of the Seattle sunset, as it looks directly out onto the Puget Sound. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because you will want to capture the pink, purple and blue hues that fill the sky as sunset approaches. These colors will tinge the white-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance, as well, and make them look more blue than you thought possible. If you’re a dog owner, you can also bring your pooch here and play in the northernmost part of the park, which is home to a 2.2-acre off-leash dog area. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the beach.
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98199
Discovery Park is Seattle’s largest city park, encompassing more than 530 acres. It sits atop the Magnolia Bluff and looks down over the city and Puget Sound. From Discovery Park, you can see both sets of mountain ranges — the Olympics to the west and the Cascades to the east. In addition to exceptional views of the sound and surrounding mountains, it is one of the best locations in the city to view a sunset, since it is at an elevated location. This historic park is also home to its own forest groves, thickets, meadow lands, streams, two miles of tidal beach area, sand dunes and rugged sea cliffs.
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Sunset Hill Park
7531 34th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Sunset Hill Park is another favorite location in the Ballard neighborhood that spans more than 2.5 acres. It sits above Elliott Bay and during the spring and summer, this nicely nestled cove area comes alive with sailboats and fishing boats. This is another top-rated location to watch the sunset and the oranges, reds, pinks and purples will light up the sky as the sun sets, while you gaze at the Olympic mountains and the Puget isles off in the distance.
211 W. Highland Drive
Seattle, WA 98119
Kerry Park sits up on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill and offers one of the most extensive and unobstructed views of the city, Elliott Bay and occasionally, Mount Rainier. Photographers and camera buffs come to this location often to catch the sunset as it gives off a glow to the entire city and the Puget Sound waters below. In addition to capturing unsurpassed sunset shots here, it is also a good location to photograph or film the sunrise, as well as the city at night, when all of its lights are glimmering in full against the darkness.
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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.