Trippy Seattle - Views
So you want a great view of the city? Actually, views are one thing that abound here, often in the most unexpected places to get the most oddly-impressive vistas. Anyway, here ya go (for the traditional sweep of the city skyline):
- Space Needle - the seemingly obligatory, but expensive #1 destination on everyone's Seattle tourism list, this is a leftover from the 1962 World's Fair. Elvis was there, too, and what did HE leave behind? Exactly. Nothing. Great views from the Seattle Center in Lower Queen Anne (the neighborhood just north of Belltown, which in turn is the neighborhood just north of Downtown).
- Kerry Park - on Highland Ave., in Upper Queen Anne. All you have to do is merely walk on up the steep Counterbalance of Queen Anne Ave. That'll take you up from Lower Queen Anne - if you don't suffer a heart attack in the process. Wouldn't it be great if there was a trolley that did the trick? Oh yeah, there used to be one. Take the bus for now - we're workin' on that whole rail thing all over again. Anyway, this is THE view of the city from THE (or A) high rent district. FREE. Watch out for all of the wedding photographers, or crash their scene - your call! For what it's worth - lots! now pay up! - another great view (of the Sound, anyway) is at the west end of Highland. That comes several blocks away, courtesy of a tiny park kitty-corner from another cutesy teeny park.
- Bluffs of Magnolia - stay on the south edge of Magnolia's peninsula for great views of both the city (there is a wee and new city park to do so) and Central Puget Sound. The best view might be from the scary, erector-set Magnolia Bridge, not a bad final place to jump from, apparently - look for clusters of flowers. But hey, at least it's now earthquake-"proofed" since it almost crumbled in the 7.0 Richter special some years back. Better yet, bike by here in doing the Magnolia Loop.
- Bluffs of West Seattle on Admiral Way. This view of Seattle comes from the southwest - perhaps the best panoramic-inspired view of the city. When you come to the top of the hill on Admiral Way, the exit taken briefly after crossing over to West Seattle on the appropriately-named West Seattle Bridge, you'll see a pulloff to the right. STOP!
- The old water tower in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. From "behind" the city and over to the Olympics. Then check out the nifty greenhouse (free) or Seattle Asian Art Museum located on the grounds.
- Bainbridge Island. Do the iconic ferry thing over to Bainbridge from Downtown Seattle, then get perhaps the best skyline views of all in approaching the waterfront when returning. Or pay attention when leaving, doh! All along be sure to not miss out on the seagull poop - it's free! Until you clean it off, anyway. THAT costs. (A great night for the return trip on ANY ferry to Seattle is July 4th, around when the fireworks get started up and down the Sound.)
- Want something with a random view? Try the tiny park on Capitol Hill's 15th, located west of the cemetery just south of Volunteer Park. Enjoy cool views over a ravine and State Road 520 (which becomes the Evergreen Floating Bridge), plus some of UW and Lake Washington.
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