Seattle is surrounded by water, trees, and mountains, so it’s hard to find any disappointing view of the city skyline. My favorite location is Gasworks Park, because the view from there features the Space Needle and never disappoints, no matter the weather. Interestingly, Gasworks was last active as a gas-manufacturing plant in the 1950’s, before it was reopened as a park in 1975.
2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: 6 AM – 10 PM
Parking: The parking lot is sizeable; 4 hour limit except by permit only. Back-in angle street parking is available along Northlake Way if there are no spaces left in the park lot, though I am unsure if these spaces are limited at all.
Don’t go late at night. Not that I haven’t done it, but honestly it’s not safe. There’s some interesting people there late at night, including homeless people living inside the gasworks structure itself.
Dress warmly or bring a jacket. That is, if you plan on hanging out very long. Even on a warm day, it gets pretty breezy along the lake.
Get your graffiti photo op. If you’re a fan of graffiti, be sure not to miss this place! You’ll have a blast Instagram-ing the art…or tags?…all over the gasworks.
Bring your dog. Dogs are allowed, as long as you pick up after them.
Nearby points of interest
Food/shopping: Directly north of Gasworks Park is Wallingford, a trendy neighborhood with some of the coolest stores, best bakeries, and most famous restaurants or bars in Seattle.
Hip restaurant: Having been around for only a few years and still killing it as one of the hottest upscale restaurants in Seattle, I highly recommend having a meal at Westward, about half a mile up Northlake way (heading northeast). If you go, you should DEFINITELY sit outside to catch the sunset over Lake Union. Why? Westward has a bonfire. Westward has blankets. Westward has warm, chocolately alcoholic beverages that come in a thermos, perfect to share. Need I say more?
Lake Union: Almost anywhere along the edge of Lake Union will guarantee you a fantastic view, often of the city skyline. Take some time to explore the area and find your own favorite spot. Kayaking and paddle-boarding are two more ways to view Seattle. Rentals and lessons are available on the lake.
Burke-Gilman Trail: The trail stretches all the way from Ballard to Bothell–that’s quite a ways! Are up for a serious trek?