So you are in town for a few days and are looking for some cool Seattle Skyline Photo Spots? You’ve come to the right place. Seattle boasts some of the best city skyline views I have seen. Best of all, you don’t need to go far to take a cool picture of the evergreens, Lake Union, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier in the backdrop. Even with an iPhone you can take decent shots, but if you have a DSLR with a zoom lens and a tripod, then you’re golden!
I only had a few days there during the 4th of July weekend, but I managed to find a few awesome spots around the city. With that said, this is not meant to be an all encompassing list of photography spots and I’m sure local Seattleites have many more hidden gems. Rather, this is aimed for tourists and out of towners who are visiting for a short time. First advice, if your time is limited, skip going up the Space Needle to get a city shot. After all, don’t you want to take a picture of it? Instead, try one of these four spots…
Address: Kerry Park, West Highland Drive, Seattle WA
Kerry Park should absolutely be your first stop. Located in a neighborhood area on Queen Anne Hill, the spectacular city view includes downtown Seattle, Elliot Bay, Bainbridge Island and a backdrop of Mount Rainier. The view is great at any time of the day, but be ready to wait for your spot as the park can get really crowded. It’s also pretty easy to find a parking spot in the surrounding areas.
Gas Works Park
Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle WA
A former gasification plant, Gas Works Park is a great spot for a workout or a picnic while enjoying the sunset and watching the sailboats on Lake Union. I also saw the 4th of July fireworks from here and it was an amazing show.
Address: 1531 California Way SW, Seattle WA
A drive to West Seattle will take you to Hamilton Viewpoint Park, offering a view of the city, Elliot Bay, Bainbridge Island, the harbor and the Cascade Mountains. There are many other areas nearby along Harbor Avenue to take pictures, so I would recommend to park your car and go for a walk and enjoy the scenery.
JOSE RIZAL BRIDGE
Address: Dr Jose P Rizal Bridge Seattle, WA
For a shot of I-5, the Mariners Safeco Field and downtown Seattle, Jose Rizal Bridge is a great spot. The bridge, one of Seattle’s first permanent steel bridges, does shake a bit when cars and buses cross it, so timing your shot is crucial especially if you’re going for a long exposure shot at night. From my experience, I’d recommend to come here with a friend as the area can feel a little shady. Just be aware of your surroundings and you’ll be alright.