There’s no doubt that there are breathtaking views to be found in our parks, but there’s something particularly spectacular about seeing the sky light up with deep oranges and reds or soft pinks and purples. What better way to welcome longer days than by taking a sunrise stroll or watching the sun set from a picnic blanket? There are great spots across the city to catch a cotton candy sky over downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier, Lake Washington or the Olympic Mountains. We’ve put together this short list of our favorite parks to visit when we want to catch the sun hovering on the horizon.
Alki Beach Park: Stick your toes in the sand or stroll the 2.5 mile waterfront path while taking in stunning views of downtown Seattle and the Bainbridge and Bremerton ferries.
Sunset Hill Park: The aptly named Sunset Hill Park offers views of Shilshole Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Bring a blanket and enjoy the fresh salty air drifting off the water.
Stan Sayres Memorial Park: Watch the boats come and go from the nearby Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center and take in the sunlight reflecting on serene Lake Washington.
Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint: Settle in on a bench at this viewpoint and enjoy sweeping views of downtown, Puget Sound and the Olympics to the west.
Magnuson Park: There’s more than one way to enjoy a sunrise or sunset at Magnuson Park. Head to the waterfront to catch a view of Mt. Rainier or walk through the wetlands and watch the light drift through the trees.