Seattle is a city that is picturesque from all different angles. One of the best ways to appreciate all that this city has to offer is by viewing it from the sky. Whether you’re on a private plane or on a hot air balloon, here are some of the best places to see Seattle from the sky.
Woodland Park Zoo
Located on the edge of one of Seattle’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Ballard, Woodland Park Zoo is home to over two-thousand animals. Every angle of the zoo allows you to view some of your favorite animal species against a picturesque background providing plenty of opportunities for stunning photo ops!
If you’re looking to view the city from an angle where you can see as much of it as possible, viewing Seattle’s downtown area by airplane is the best way to do so. The downtown area contains over 100 high-rise office and residential buildings, easily allowing you to view all the different types of architecture that make up this beautiful skyline.
The Space Needle is not only Seattle’s most iconic landmark but also one of the best places to see the city from. When built-in 1962 it was originally just a temporary structure for the World’s Fair and today is open as a restaurant and observation tower that allows you to view all of Seattle. The interior contains an elevator system that takes visitors up to the top where you can enjoy spectacular views both day and night!
Seattle is home to hundreds if not thousands of different species of wildlife. Some of these animals such as Black Bears can be found at Woodland Park Zoo while ducks and geese make their homes on Lake Union and Mountain Goats call Discovery Park home. One of the best ways to see all of these animals is either by boat or from the sky.
Whichever way you choose to view Seattle, it is guaranteed to be a beautiful experience and one that will help remind you why this is one of the most amazing cities in the world!
Gas Works Park
Located on the north shore of Lake Union, Gas Works Park is a public park that has been converted from a former industrial site into a unique green space. The 20-acre property contains a hill that provides some of the best views in all of Seattle and is dotted with benches for you to sit and enjoy them!
Home to the Seattle Mariners since 1999, Safeco Field has been one of the best places for all types of people to enjoy America’s favorite pastime from all over the state. In addition to watching baseball games from its stadium seats, this field also offers a great view from the air which many pilots have described as “unforgettable.”
Located in Ballard on the edge of Lake Union is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks where boats can be lifted to a higher elevation. From the air, you can see these locks from many different angles and watch as large ships pass through them!
Located to the east of Seattle is Lake Washington which has been described as having a “deep blue hue.” Whether you’re on a boat or viewing it from the air, this lake offers some of the best views around.
Hiram M Chittenden Locks
Situated at the west end of Ballard, these locks allow watercraft to move between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. On either side are two beaches, one on each side. Perfectly situated for sunsets they make for some of the most picturesque views in all of Seattle!
Located just minutes from downtown this scenic lake is home to over 150 different watercraft in addition to being a prime location for kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and much more. The lake is also known for harboring pods of dolphins that are frequently seen swimming just off the shores!
Located on the western side of Seattle this park allows you to see all different types of wildlife in their native environment. You can spot gray wolves, black bears, eagles, and much more throughout this expansive area – perfect for animal lovers!
Located just north of downtown Seattle you will find Pier 55 which offers some of the most spectacular views in all of the city! Commonly used as a location for weddings it is perhaps best known for its “floating” restaurant, The Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.