4 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Seattle

August 4th, 2016 by

seattle-2609031_1920Whether you’re arranging a romantic night out or you just want to see something beautiful, these best places to watch the sunset in Seattle will make your task easy. Whenever you need to add some beauty to your life, just head to one of these four places. They almost never disappoint.

Alki Beach Park

Alki Beach Park is perhaps the best place to watch the sun set in Seattle. The 140-acre park has plenty of features to enjoy, including fire pits, picnic sites, and over 2.5-miles of walking trails. Unlike a lot of spots in Seattle, there isn’t anything blocking your view. As the sun sets in the west, you get an undisturbed view of its colors.

Alki Beach Park also has plenty of parking, which makes it a convenient place to visit at the last minute. If you plan ahead, though, you can charter a boat to get an even more unique view of the sunset.

Sunset Hill Park

With a name like Sunset Hill Park, you have to visit at least once to enjoy the sun’s colors as it disappears behind Olympic National Forest. This park offers some of the best views of the nearby mountains, which only adds to the beauty of each sunset. All of the sailboats that populate the nearby water also add an interesting dimension to the scene.

If you want a clear view of the Puget Isles and Olympic National Forest’s crags, this is the best spot in Seattle.

Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park is less than a mile north of Sunset Hill Park, so you get many of the same benefits by visiting this beach area. In fact, some people prefer Golden Gardens Park because it is larger and has more features, such as a boat launch, fire pit, off-leash area for dogs, and plenty of forest trails.

The view from the waterfront doesn’t include the crags quite as much as the view from Sunset Hill, but it’s still a fabulous place to watch the sunset. Plus, you still get to see how beautiful the sailboats look as the sun sets behind them.

Discovery Park

Discovery Park’s 534 acres make it a popular attraction for naturalists in the Seattle area. The park sits on Magnolia Bluff, which gives you stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the Cascade Mountains. If you’ve only visited the park during the daytime, then you haven’t seen the views in their full glory. The setting sun coats them in myriad colors that will change the way you think about Washington’s beauty.

While visiting Discovery Park, explore the sea cliffs, sand dunes, and forest groves. They’re all a part of the experience. Standing on a cliff is one of the most mesmerizing ways to see the sunset.

All public parks in Seattle are open until 11:30 p.m., so you can visit any night to watch the sunset. See if you can find time to watch from all four of these parks this summer. You’ll get a slightly different view at each one.


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