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Bell Street Pier Rooftop Deck in Seattle

Bell Street Pier Rooftop Deck in Seattle

Put yourself in this situation: it’s time for lunch on a beautiful day in Seattle. You packed your meal and you want to enjoy the sunshine. There are a hundred different places you can go around the city: Kerry Park on Queen Anne, Seacrest Park in West Seattle, or how about the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck? It doesn’t share the same hype as other top viewpoints in Seattle, but there’s no reason the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck (2225 Alaskan Way) shouldn’t be included in the conversation. Located on Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront, the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck offers one of the best views in the heart of the city. I know two different ways to access the Bell Street Pier rooftop deck: You can walk across the Bell Street Pier Pedestrian Bridge from Elliott Avenue (located near the Art Institute of Seattle at 2323 Elliott Ave), or you can take the large staircase (located near the entrance of Anthony’s — click here for a photo) to...

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Best Views of Seattle | 10+ Amazing Viewpoints

Best Views of Seattle | 10+ Amazing Viewpoints

It’s one of the most common questions we hear: “Where can I find the best views of Seattle?” That’s why you’re here right now. You want the answer like everyone else, and we don’t blame you. Well, you came to the right place! Our ‘Best Views of Seattle’ list features more than ten amazing viewpoints of the Emerald City. There are honestly great views all over Seattle, but we’re highlighting the best of the bunch. Our ‘Best Views of Seattle’ list is in no particular order, because let’s be real, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If the pictures and descriptions aren’t enough for you, click on any of the locations for much more information. BEST VIEWS OF SEATTLE KERRY PARK — 211 W. Highland Dr. Kerry Park on Queen Anne offers the most iconic view of Seattle. With incredible views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainier (on a clear day), it’s pretty tough to beat the view from here. Kerry Park is a popular spot, so...

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Black Sun Sculpture in Volunteer Park

Black Sun Sculpture in Volunteer Park

Seattle is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Whether it’s the mountains, water, Space Needle, or the city’s numerous sculptures, it’s easy to find a subject for a photo. While there are several places that offer the ‘best of Seattle’ all in one spot, the Black Sun sculpture in Volunteer Park is unlike any other. Black Sun is located in the heart of Volunteer Park. It sits just outside of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (1400 E. Prospect St.) and near the Volunteer Park water tower. Black Sun is a large Brazilian granite sculpture that measures nine feet in diameter. It’s a rigid, dark black circle with a hole in the middle (almost like a bagel or doughnut). Looking west at the sculpture, you can see the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and if you maneuver to the correct angle, Black Sun perfectly frames the Space Needle for a fantastic picture. Black Sun is a 1969 sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. I’ll be honest with you — I had never...

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Waterfall Garden Park in Pioneer Square

Waterfall Garden Park in Pioneer Square

When you walk along 2nd Avenue South in Seattle, the sounds are typical for a big city. There’s traffic, construction, and all sorts of congestion. But there’s another sound that isn’t typically heard downtown: rushing water. That’s all thanks to Waterfall Garden Park. Waterfall Garden Park is a well-maintained, “pocket park” (only 60 x 80 feet) in Pioneer Square (219 2nd Ave S). To make up for its lack of size, there’s a 22-foot waterfall that gushes inside the park.  The waterfall is really moving. It pumps, filters and recirculates 5,000 gallons of water per minute. To help make the waterfall feel authentic, they used granite boulders from a nearby mountain. On top of the featured waterfall, Waterfall Garden Park also has several little tables and chairs spread across two terraces. There are also plenty of plants and flowers inside the park, including Japanese maples, azaleas, and several other seasonal blossoms. It’s a pretty serene setting, especially for a park that’s right in Pioneer Square. I saw several people taking advantage of the...

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Seattle Monorail | Serving Seattle Since 1962

Seattle Monorail | Serving Seattle Since 1962

The Seattle Monorail has been a fixture in the Emerald City for more than 50 years. Used by tourists and locals alike, the monorail links some of Seattle’s top tourist attractions. A quick ride takes you from the foot of the Space Needle to the heart of downtown, and just a short walk to Pike Place Market. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Seattle Monorail connects Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle) to Westlake Center, which is located downtown at 5th Ave. and Pike St. A stroll from Westlake Center to Pike Place Market only takes about five minutes. Any Seattle tourism book will tell you that the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Monorail are “must-see” attractions. The best part about the three main attractions is that you can conveniently experience them all together. There’s nothing complicated about riding the Seattle Monorail. It’s not a complex public transportation system; it only makes one stop each way. You either start at Seattle Center and head...

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New Cheetahs at Woodland Park Zoo

New Cheetahs at Woodland Park Zoo

I’ve always dreamed of going on a safari in Africa and seeing elephants, lions, and giraffes in the wild. Unfortunately, I don’t have a trip like that in my immediate future. That means I turn to Woodland Park Zoo to enjoy these incredible creatures, and they just added two new animals to the mix — cheetahs! Woodland Park Zoo (601 N. 59th St. in Seattle) is now a temporary home to two female cheetahs named Missy and Liz. They’ve come to Seattle as part of the Species Survival Plan, which is a conservation breeding program among zoos (according to Woodland Park Zoo). Missy and Liz are both 14 years old, so they’ve passed their breeding “prime” (although the two of them reared 15 cubs in the past). To make room for other younger cheetahs to breed at their permanent home in Oregon, the older cheetahs were moved here. NOTE: The cheetahs are only expected to be at Woodland Park Zoo for 6 to 18 months. The temporary exhibit opened to...

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