We’ve compiled a list of Seattle’s best sunset spots for all the sunset lovers out there.
Sunsets are a magical moment in the day. It’s the time when day meets night, when light meets darkness, when the sun disappears and is replaced by the moon, and when we typically start to wind down from our hectic day-to-day routine.
Watching a sunset is always a perfect excuse to sit back and relax for at least a few minutes. Whether you are sharing the view with others or simply reflecting on life, sunsets are a total mood. We don’t always get to catch the sunset because of our busy schedules — but when we do, oh boy can they be special.
And a sunset with a view is even better! Seattle has no shortage of impressive spots to see the sunset with a scenic view. For that reason, we’ve selected the eight best places to watch the sunset in Seattle and have listed them out for you below.
1. The Space Needle Observation Deck
The first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking of Seattle is the Space Needle, a 605-foot observation tower that was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. This iconic landmark has an observation deck with all-glass flooring on the lower level and floor-to-ceiling glass windows on the upper level. Head here to get an unobstructed, magnificent bird’s eye view of the city!
2. Kerry Park
Kerry Park is a well-known place to watch the sunset in Seattle. This quaint public park is a city staple that attracts tourists and locals alike for a front-row seat of Seattle’s towering skyscrapers and the rugged Olympic Mountains in the background. This famous panoramic view makes Kerry Park a popular choice for sunset viewing.
3. The Seattle Great Wheel / Waterfront Park
This list would not be complete without including Seattle’s hard-to-miss giant Ferris wheel. Hop in just before sunset to get an exclusive view of the sunset over Seattle’s waterfront. If you’re afraid of heights or just don’t feel like going on the ride, you can also chill by the Waterfront Park right next to the Great Wheel.
4. Alki Beach Park
Why not watch the sunset from the beach? Alki Beach Park, located in West Seattle, is a scenic park with a long, gorgeous beach that has fine, white sand. From here you’ll be able to see Elliot Bay and Seattle’s city skyline in the distance. It’s also a popular destination to play beach volleyball in the summer.
5. Golden Gardens Park / Sunset Hill Park
Maybe you want to move a bit further from the city and get lost in nature. If you’d prefer to skip the skyscraper views altogether and instead just look out to the water, Golden Gardens Park is your place. You could also stop by the nearby Sunset Hill Park — appropriately named since it’s an excellent sunset-viewing spot.
6. Gas Works Park
Gas Works Park, situated beside Lake Union, was the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant before being converted into a park. You can still see many remnants of the old plant here today! The way the light from the sunset illuminates the towers, tanks and pipes, in addition to the sweeping city views seen from the park, makes this a unique location to watch the sunset.
7. The Columbia Tower’s Sky View Observatory
If you thought the Space Needle was tall, just wait until you check out Columbia Tower! This giant skyscraper is the tallest building in the state of Washington and you can access epic views from the Sky View Observatory located on the 73rd floor. Time your visit for twilight to see the sun falling down on the city with an unforgettable 360-degree view.
8. The West Point Lighthouse at Discovery Park
Discovery Park, Seattle’s largest park and the westernmost point of the city, is a wonderful place to temporarily escape from the city and just take in the beautiful nature that Seattle has to offer. Settle in on the beach next to the West Point Lighthouse for a calm, picturesque view of the sun lowering past the horizon.
Now you’re set, sunset lovers. Keep this list of the best sunset spots in mind for the next time you need a special place to watch the sunset in Seattle!
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