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Lindsay Hall

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Where are the most photogenic areas in Seattle?

I'm going to Seattle with my cousin and we want to find beautiful areas in Seattle to photograph that aren't widely known, like Pike Place for example. Where can we find some great spots to take pictures? My cousin is into nature (landscapes) and architecture.

We're also willing to drive a little ways outside of the city too (1hr max) if you know of any scenic spots surrounding Seattle. 


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  • Kerry Park (attraction)

    211 Highland Dr Seattle 98109 (206) 684-4075

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  • Pioneer Square (attraction)

    119 1st Ave S Seattle WA 98104 (206) 667-0687

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  • Alki Beach Park (attraction)

    1702 Alki Avenue Southwest Seattle Washington 98116 (206) 684-4075

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  • Justin Schmid

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    I could have a lot of fun taking photos at Gas Works Park. It has this great look of industrial decay. That on a gray day with spotty amounts of sunshine would be awesome. I'd just love to run around in the off-limits areas, too.Gas Works Park

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  • Peter Reinold

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    I love photography myself and Seattle is a great spot for photography.

    Check out

    Snoqualmie FallsSnoqualmie Falls

    Kerry ParkKerry Parkor go up to the Columbia Center

    http://gatetoadventures.com/amazing-view-seattle-columbia-center/

    Fremont Neighborhood

    Waterfall Garden Park

    http://gatetoadventures.com/waterfall-garden-hidden-gem-seattle/

    This are some great places.

    Maybe some other can recommend more places, that would also be interesting for me.

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  • Marcus Carney

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    Gas Works Park is quirky and great, with views of the city. Alki Beach Park and Salty's on Alki (the area around) will get you great shots of the city including the The Seattle Great Wheel and Space Needle. Going closer to Mount Rainier you can always find shots of the fields and mountain, but the drive is a little longer than you're looking for, but beautiful area. Or jump on the Bainbridge Island Ferry Loading and you'll get the water view of the city and Bainbridge Island is a great place to check out. Architecture, go to Pioneer Square and jump on the Seattle Underground Tour. Or Ride the Ducks of Seattle gets you all around town and you can take photos all around town! You'll also want to go to the Seattle Center and check out the Monorail to Westlake Station (1962 Worlds Fair remnants) and the Experience Music Project is a beautiful building.

    Hope that helps!

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  • Will Dickey

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    Oh great question. Kerry Park has an epic view of the city. Probably one of the best city overlooks in the world. Also Gas Works Park, with it's old steampunk architecture and another great perspective of the Seattle Skyline. For some great up close nature scenery check out the Botanical Gardens at Volunteer Park, the park itself also has some great areas to check out. Another great park to wander around is the Washington Park Arboretum Multi-Use Trail Project. Hope this helps!

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    The sun broke out one Sunday in January and the view of downtown Seattle and Mount Rainer in the background was incredible from Kerry Park

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  • Sofie Kreisz

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    Hi Lindsay! If you have a sunny day, then Discovery Park is very beautiful: you have a great view of Mount Rainier and a cozy light house. Another beautiful park is Carkeek Park. Also, I agree that the Washington Park Arboretum is amazing, especially the "ramps to nowhere", in case they haven't taken them down yet. But they are so Seattle, beautiful and special but so different from the norm. Kerry Park is the one with the "typical" postcard Seattle Skyline view, which is definitely worth-seeing, but very touristy. Wallingford, Ballard Neighborhood, Fremont Neighborhood and Capitol Hill Neighborhood are the neighbourhoods where I used to take Pictures :) Have a great time in Seattle!!

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    I like the Pike Place MarketPike Place Market because you'll have access to water views, mountain views if the weather cooperates, close-up shop views, fruit, vegetable, cheese and seafood stalls, and excellent people watching. Drumheller FountAlki Beach Parkain in the center of the University of Washington campus, can offer a distant view of Mt. Rainier from the fountain. Washington Park Arboretum, not far from the UW campus, offers numerous trails, a Botanic Garden, and a Japanese Garden. Hamilton Viewpoint Park and Alki Beach Park in West Seattle offer panoramic views of Downtown Seattle and saltwater beach walks along Elliott Bay and Puget Sound.

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  • Tess Belvida

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    In Seattle, I would suggest Pioneer Square, especially at night- old buildings and structures with wonderful street lighting. Georgetown is also an interesting area. West Seattle has some great scenic views of the Seattle skyline. For nature, the Japanese Garden is beautiful. Drive around to the peninsula or take a ferry to the coast or the San Juan Islands. San Juan Islands are a bit of an adventure tho- longer than 1 hr.


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    You have to check out Bellevue if its not too late. Small suburb outside of Seattle. Also, can you get out of the city to the mountains?

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    There's a lot of nice architecture in Pioneer Square, but for something bit more unusual, check out Rainier Tower at 1301 5th Ave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainier_Tower). I also like the Seattle Asian Art Museum, located within Volunteer Park, which is also photo-worthy (I love the view from the top of the water tower there).Volunteer Park
    Take a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island if it's a nice day and you're sure to get lots of good photos out on the water.Bainbridge Islandimage from city-data.comThe Washington Park Arboretum is a great place for nature photos, particularly during spring and fall. The lighthouse at the western edge of Discovery Park is another good photo spot, and the old military buildings in the park are fun architecture, too.

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    The Lake Washington area (where Kurt Cobain's old home is located) is very nice -- so much foliage, lovely lake and stunning homes. I also really like Post Alley -- part of which you will find the gum wall, but also further up some really neat shops, it's a pretty unique alleyway.General Trippy MediaLake WashingtonMemorial bench in park beside Cobain's former residence.

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