Seattle’s famous mountain views are even better because they’re framed by the water and a jaw-dropping city skyline. Between Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountain Range, it’s hard to find a bad view in Seattle. For the three best (clear day) mountain panoramas in the city, check out these classic viewpoints.
Space Needle: Sky City
The Space Needle, with its famous Sky City restaurant at the top, is probably the most iconic spot in Seattle, and for good reason. You can visit the pinnacle without dining, but the slowly rotating fine dining restaurant features birdseye, ever-changing views of the Sound, Lake Union, Mount Rainier, and the Olympics on a clear day, accompanied by delicious food. The $35 restaurant minimum is more than worth it for the elevator ride and of course, that spectacular panorama.
Columbia Tower Sky View Observatory
Columbia Tower is the tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi, presenting unfettered views of Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and the Olympics framed by the Space Needle and the rest of the Seattle skyline. For the price of admission, enjoy the 360-degree view and grab a cup of coffee at the highest Starbucks in the world. If you’re leery of the West Coast superquake, rest easy knowing that the tower’s technical design innovations make this one of the safest buildings in the Pacific Northwest.
Kerry Park Viewpoint
Seattle is all about nature and the great outdoors, so drive, walk, or bus to the top of Queen Anne Hill where Kerry Park holds a view of the city and Elliott Bay, with Mount Rainier sitting dramatically in the background on a cloud-free day. A coin-operated telescope lets you get a closer look at the local sites at this photo-perfect viewpoint. After soaking in the view, enjoy the sculpture featured throughout the park, and the nearby Queen Anne eateries.