After a day of brunching, shopping and sightseeing, sometimes it’s nice to have a slow, relaxed evening. One good way to do that in Seattle is to plant yourself at the perfect viewpoint, and watch the sun settle into the horizon. Here are some of our favorite places to catch some early-evening colors.
Located on the South slope of Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill, the view from Kerry Park includes downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier and Bainbridge Island. If you’ve seen Frasier or 10 Things I Hate about You, you’ll recognize it as the quintessential viewpoint of the Emerald City. Kerry Park: 211 W Highland Dr; 206-684-4075
This Seattle icon was once the tallest structure West of the Mississippi. With an observation deck at 520 feet in the air, it has stellar views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges, as well as Mt. Rainier. Space Needle: 400 Broad St.
This park is best known for containing preserved ruins of Seattle’s Gas Light Company and its gasification plant, earning it the reputation as one of the “strangest” parks in America. Its artificial kite-flying hill is also a perfect spot to catch the sunset over Lake Union. Gasworks Park: 2101 N Northlake Way
Alki Beach Park
Located in West Seattle, Alki Beach Park allows picture-perfect views of the Olympic Mountain range and Puget Sound. Its 2.5-mile-long pathway attracts joggers, roller bladers and beachcombers—it’s truly the ideal place for a sunset stroll. Alki Beach Park: 1702 Alki Ave SW; 206-684-4075
Sunset Hill Park
Seattle’s trendy Ballard Neighborhood attracts hipsters, live music junkies, and sunset-seekers alike. Its Sunset Hill Park sits right above Elliott Bay, making it a great spot to watch sail boats bobbing against the late evening sky. Sunset Hill Park: 775 Meridian Rd; 219-465-3586
Seattle’s largest public park, Discovery offers outdoors enthusiasts a variety of different landscapes to explore. Hike down from Magnolia Bluff and onto the rocky beach below. If you time it right, you’ll get to watch the water blend into a perfect pink and purple sky. Discovery Park: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd; 206-684-4075