Downtown Views

Seattle, Washington

Various locations

Most visitors to Seattle head to the top of the Space Needle for its excellent views of Seattle and the surrounding area. One problem, though, with the pictures they take from the top is that those photos of Seattle don't include this iconic tower.

When visiting Seattle, of course go to the top of the Space Needle. But to get pictures of downtown Seattle that include the Space Needle, there are a number of additional places to visit for their great views of the city.

Seattle from Kerry Park

View from Kerry Park (Z05A0021)
For the quintessential view of downtown Seattle and the Space Needle, head to Kerry Park, located on Queen Anne Hill at 211 W. Highland Dr. The view puts the Space Needle front and center with the downtown skyline as a backdrop. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Rainier about 55 miles away.

Seattle from Columbia Center

View from Columbia Center Sky View Observatory (Z04A0044)
Columbia Center, at 701 5th Ave., is the tallest building in Seattle and in fact the tallest west of the Mississippi River. Its Sky View Observatory gives visitors a number of views of the Seattle area. Located at the south end of the downtown core, the Space Needle is further away and include Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula in the background.

Seattle from West Seattle

View from West Seattle (Z04A0045)
Views from Harbor Ave. SW in West Seattle span from Queen Anne Hill and the Space Needle in the north to Smith Tower and the stadiums in the south.

Seattle from Gas Works Park

View from Gas Works Park (Z04A0046)
Gas Works Park, at 2101 N. Northlake Way, is located on the north shore of Lake Union. The view includes Lake Union, the downtown skyline and the Space Needle.

Nearby Sights

While you're in the area, check out these sights:

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