Seattle WA – Kerry Park Viewing Point


What? :

Kerry Park is a small public park and viewpoint on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. It overlooks Seattle, and it is the best viewing point of downtown skyline and Space Needle tower. On a clear day this is also the best place to see the city and Mount Rainier located 60 miles away.



Where? :

The park is located on Queen Anne's south slope high above the city.

211 W Highland Dr, Seattle, WA 98119

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When? :

The park is open year-round.



Due note 1: There is parking available on the streets surrounding the park, at sunset many people come to this location, but they do not stay for long time.


Due note 2: Kerry Park is less than 10 minutes northwest of the Space Needle and less than 15 minutes northwest of Pike Place Market.


Due note 3: Free of charge.


Due note 4: Kerry Park is open daily from 6:00am to 10:00pm. There are no gates that prevent you from entering the park. Do respect the park’s hours, it is in the middle of a quite residence neighborhood.


Due note 5: The best time of the day to visit Kerry Park is at sunset or at early night.


Due note 6: Plan to be here as short as 15 minutes or as long as you want to enjoy the view.


Due note 7: This is a very small city park; the main attraction is the view from the viewing platform along Highland Dr., nothing else to do here.


Due note 8: This is one of the most tourist and local popular spots in Seattle so you will not be the only one here, especially during summer months and during sunset.




My thoughts:

I try to come to this viewing point every time I’m visiting Seattle and having a car. I never got tired of the Seattle skyline view from here. The proximity to the downtown, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market make it a perfect sunset location.

My recommendation is to visit Kerry Park at sunset when the sun is lighting up the city skyline with golden-colored. Stay longer into the night when the building are begins to light up at night.



The visit:

Park your car at the nearby streets and walk to the park viewing platform along Highland Dr.

From here you have the view of the Space Needle and Seattle downtown skyline and the Elliott Bay below. On clear weather you can see 60 miles away Mount Rainier, Washington's most iconic mountain where it top is covered with glaciers year-round.

Clouds can of course ruin the view a bit, but that would be true for any location with a view of the Seattle skyline.


At night the view is not less impressive with all skyscraper building are lighted, Space Needle with its 500-foot pedestal and the flying saucer shaped top, the large cargo harbor on the other side of the bay and ferries servicing across the water to their destination.



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