The birthplace of grunge, home to drizzle, green hills and the fastest growing major US city, Seattle is a city of many faces. It hosts breathtaking views like Puget Sound and Mt Rainer plus is home to some of the hippest restaurants in America. A few years ago my wife and I took a few days to explore this emerald gem of the Pacific Northwest.
After wandering the streets, underground, and feasting on some of the greatest food we have ever had, we wanted to share some of the best viewpoint of the city we found.
Built for the 1962 World’s Fair and standing at 605 feet, it offers 360-degree views of the greater downtown Seattle area. Be warned a trip to the top comes at a nominal fee and lines can be lengthy (over an hour at peek season).
If you want that cityscape view with the Space Needle in the shot, try Kerry Park located in the Queen Anne district of the city. It’s free and offers gorgeous vistas of the city and Puget Sound looking off to the South West. We saved ourselves the hike up the hill by jumping on the public bus. After taking in the city we meandered down the hill stopping to enjoy the neighborhood of historic homes.
Looking for that view of Mt Rainer, the Space Needle and city all at once? The Seattle Harbor Cruise is the best way to see it all. Several different companies offer cruises and all are located along the waterfront /Alaskan Way frontage road. We took Argosy Cruises for a short trip around Puget Sound. The ship took us north along the coast, passing Pike Place Market and many piers off the waterfront. Just make sure to pack a jacket, the cold wet wind coming off the sound can be quite bone chilling.