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5 best places for a sunset view in Seattle

Looking for a room with a sunset view? These gem’s in the Emerald City offer the perfect setting for when the sun goes down.

An orange, hazey sun is sinking down to the horizon, above the choppy waves of Elliott Bay. A small sailboat floats by in the distance just beneath the sun. The water just beneath the sun reflects it's orange rays. The sky is a soft blue, painted with whispy clouds of yellow and orange.

Seattle has it all — water views, city skyline, and majestic mountains. What more does a sunset view need?

Photo by SEAtoday staff

Clear skies are on standby, but we’re here to prep you for when they arrive with some of the best sunset views in Seattle.

Our city offers a multitude of hideaways, refuges, and vantage points to fully experience the sky’s beauty as the sun goes down. Here are some of our faves.

Kerry Park | 211 W. Highland Dr.
You really can’t beat the view from this Queen Anne park that offers sights of downtown, Elliott Bay, and Mount Rainier when the clouds retreat.

Seacrest Park | 1660 Harbor Ave. SW
This is a slightly different approach than your typical, straight-on sunset view. Sit on an eastern-facing bench at this West Seattle spot and watch downtown buildings as they reflect the sun’s evolving hues, gradually shifting from golden hour glows to city lights at night.

The Lookout | 757 Bellevue Ave. E.
We 10/10 recommend pairing some almond-crusted brie with your sunset watch party on this bar and grill’s patio. Oh, and did we mention it has killer views of downtown and the Space Needle?

Volunteer Park | 1247 15th Ave. E.
You’ll want to find a spot on the eastern side of the Volunteer Park Reservoir during golden hour when the water reflects the sun’s golden hour haze. If you’re ready for a change of scenery you can venture up into the Water Tower Observation Deck for a more panoramic perspective.

Someone holds an umbrella overhead as they secure it in the sand of Golden Gardens Park. People sit on towels and blankets facing the water as the sun sets in the distance, reflecting off the water.

Golden Gardens Park is a popular spot for sunning and water views in Seattle.

Photo by SEAtoday staff

Sunset Hill Park | 7531 34th Ave. NW
Watch sailboats glide gracefully across Elliott Bay with the Bainbridge Island and Olympic Mountains as a backdrop. If this park is extra crowded, we recommend checking out nearby Golden Gardens Park — another fantastic spot with similar views.

Once you knock these five places off your local bucket list, you can use these guides for more inspo:

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