Seattle Skyline Photography Locations

Seattle is a beautiful city that has multiple locations for photographers to capture the classic skyline shot. Listed below are a few of those places that are easy to get to and offer the opportunity to take some great photos of the Seattle skyline.

Kerry Park

Located in Queen Anne, this popular park has plenty of space to set up for a great photo of Seattle. You might have difficulty finding a parking spot on the street during peak times but you’ll find clear days offer a nice view of Mt. Rainier behind the city and the visit totally worth it.

Mobilus In Mobili – Seattle Nov 2014 from Kerry Park
Mobilus In Mobili - Seattle Nov 2014 from Kerry Park

Joe Wolf – Seattle Skyline and Mount Rainier From Kerry Park
Joe Wolf - Seattle Skyline and Mount Rainier From Kerry Park

James Joel – Kerry Park
James Joel - Kerry Park

Jose Rizal Bridge (12th Avenue)

When coming from the east on Interstate 90, you’ll drive under this bridge as you merge onto Interstate 5 going north. The bridge is busy and shakes a bit which can cause a bit of blur during long exposures. This a great location for sunset and long exposure photos.

Seattleye – Clearly Seattle
Seattleye - Clearly Seattle

Seattleye – Seattle @ Night 2
Seattleye - Seattle @ Night 2

Still Vision – Seattle Panorama
Still Vision - Seattle Panorama

Beacon Hill

Just above the 12th Avenue Bridge is Beacon Hill. If you’re able to get into the old Amazon building, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city. Otherwise there are many other locations to set up your tripod and capture a few great pictures.

Thales – Seattle
Thales - Seattle

Wonderlane – The city of Seattle, Washington in the fall, from amazon.com, Beacon Hill, USA
Wonderlane - The city of Seattle, Washington in the fall, from amazon.com, Beacon Hill, USA

Razvan Orendovici – Seattle from Beacon Hill
Razvan Orendovici - Seattle from Beacon Hill

West Seattle, Alki Beach Park

If you’ve got a little more time on your hands, take the passenger ferry over to West Seattle and check out Alki Beach Park. This long stretch of waterfront offers nice views of Seattle looking to the east.

Michael Righi – Seattle After The Storm
Michael Righi - Seattle After The Storm

Justin Kraemer – Seattle from Alki
Justin Kraemer - Seattle from Alki

Tiffany Von Arnim
Tiffany Von Arnim

Bainbridge Island Ferry

Head out to Bainbridge Island on the ferry to enjoy the Bloedel Reserve and a few nice, low key restaurants. You’ll also find some good opportunities for a skyline shot of Seattle while on the ferry. Though it’s probably not the greatest location for long exposure shots.

neiljs – Seattle, WA
neiljs - Seattle, WA

Stacey MacNaught – Seattle Skyline taken from the Bainbridge Island Ferry
Stacey MacNaught - Seattle Skyline taken from the Bainbridge Island Ferry

Davis Staedtler – Downtown Seattle – Ferry to Bainbridge Island
Davis Staedtler - Downtown Seattle - Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Gasworks Park

Located on the north shore of Lake Union, Gasworks Park has a great city view with ample space and opportunities to get a great reflection photo.

Randy Wick – Seattle Downtown
Randy Wick - Seattle Downtown

Tiffany Von Arnim – Gasworks Panorama
Tiffany Von Arnim - Gasworks Panorama

Cliff Johnson – Over the Sound
Cliff Johnson - Over the Sound

Space Needle

Head up to the top of the iconic Space Needle and you’ll find some good spots though the safety fence to get an unobstructed view of the city.

Maëlick – Space Needle View
Maëlick - Space Needle View

Jon – Seattle
Jon - Seattle

tdlucas5000 – Downtown Seattle
tdlucas5000 - Downtown Seattle

What are your favorite Seattle skyline photography locations?