Best Places to View Seattle’s Skyline

Best Places to View Seattle’s Skyline


I’ll admit… I am a sucker for a good skyline. And Seattle doesn’t disappoint. That is why when I moved here I made it my first mission to find the best places to view Seattle’s iconic skyline. Whether alone, with friends, or with your lover, these spots are sure to leave you in awe.


The Nest


Located at the Thompson Hotel in downtown Seattle, The Nest is a rooftop bar serving the best views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountain Range. While you don’t see the entirety of Seattle’s skyline, you do get views offering the iconic Ferris wheel and skyscrapers.


Gas Works Park


Located in Fremont, Gas Works Park allows you to take in the entire skyline from across Lake Union. Free of charge, this grassy hill is the perfect spot to picnic. Sit back, relax, and watch the sailboats go by. Just make sure that you get there early enough to grab a coveted spot!


Kerry Park


Located in Queen Anne, Kerry Park is less of a “park” and more of a viewpoint. This location is unique because not only are you viewing the entirety of Seattle’s skyline, you also have a great view of Mount Rainier behind it all. Just make sure to go on a clear and sunny day.


From the Ferry


Crossing over to West Seattle or headed to Bainbridge Island? Grab your camera and head outside. The ferry truly offers one of the most spectacular views of Seattle.




Located in Fremont, Westward is a charming restaurant with spectacular seafood and cocktails. And with views of the skyline? You truly can’t beat it. Get there early to get a coveted spot outside. Or, if you only want to go for drinks, there are plenty of lawn chairs to go around.


From the Baseball Stadium


Doubt you saw this one coming… but the views from Safeco Field are good enough to make the cut. Baseball, beer, hotdogs, AND views? Now this is a game you can’t miss. Also, make sure you get seats on the first base side to actually utilize the views.



Kylee splits her time between being a traveling NICU nurse and a solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for over four years now. When she’s not doing that she’s traveling around the world sharing real and authentic experiences. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to help prevent nurse burnout by utilizing travel on days off.

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  1. Sandy
    September 1, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Love what I seeeee

  2. September 20, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Im visiting Seattle soon and this post was very helpful. The Bainbridge Ferry seems like a good idea. A nice ferry ride for 35mins in each direction. I saw online that the Columbia Tower has a sky view observatory on the 73rd floor as well but its like $10 or something like that. Does the nest charge for visiting the rooftop?

    Also, are there any sights or locations you would recommend for a Photography Trip in Seattle? My photography website is www . Thanks a bunch.

    • September 21, 2018 / 2:11 am

      Thanks for the comment! The Bainbridge Ferry is awesome! If you don’t want to ferry for as long you can take one to West Seattle which is about a 5-10 minute ferry ride and the same views. I have not been to the Columbia Tower but I heard it’s nice. It does charge you to go up the elevator and the drinks are pricey. The Nest does not charge you for visiting the rooftop! But the drinks are quite expensive once up there. However, I am a sucker for a rooftop and very much enjoyed myself. As far as photography, I am not the expert on that! However, I don’t think you can go wrong with Pikes Place Market. I can’t wait to check out your website, thanks for sharing!

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