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Discover the top photo spots in Seattle

Seattle is built on hills and divided by rivers, a bay, a ship canal and lakes. Its uniqueness lies in its amazingly scenic location along the shores of Elliott Bay with the island studded Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the East. Beyond the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains catch the first rays of morning light and the Cascade Mountains, dominated by the massive glacier-covered Mt Rainier, catch the last rays of light at sunset.


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For the number one, overall city view, with the Space Needle, Mt Rainier and Elliott Bay, Kerry Park is a favorite. Arrive early for sunset, and be prepared to join the line of interlinking tripods. The Seattle Central Library is a must for its modern and very graphic appearance. The Seattle Central Market, (also referred to as the Farmers Market or Pike Place Market), is one of Seattle’s best known landmarks with colorful fruit, vegetables and fish vendors. Pier 66 is another, not to be missed, view located right on the waterfront. Finally, every photographer needs an image or two from the Seattle Center where the Space Needle, International Fountain, Chihuly Glass Museum and Garden and the MoPop are located. In the winter months, be sure to add a trip to West Seattle to the list for views of the highrise towers glowing in the sunset and reflecting on Elliott Bay.


Seattle is one of the centers of the tech world. Cell phone coverage, WiFi and all other connection methods are found here. Visitors are advised to plan for any and all types of weather when they visit Seattle. Raincoats for yourself and umbrellas for the camera are a good idea. The best way to get around the city is by public transit. Seattle has a real hodgepodge of transports ranging from the new Link light rail system to electric buses, trolleys and a short monorail built in 1962. To negotiate the complicated system, download the Metro app which will help you find the most efficient transport to where you want to go. (In the downtown core area, consider walking to your destination). Locations outside of the core area may be easiest to access by cabs or other ride sharing services.

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About The Author

Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall

Tom Kirkendall and Vicky Spring are both photographers and authors. Along with a massive file of landscape images, they have written 10 guide books for cyclists, cross-country skiers, and hikers. Even though Tom's passion is for film cameras and black and white images; he teaches two digital landscape photography courses for the Yellowstone Association every year. Vicky prefers to wander off into the mountains looking for flowers and colorful alpine meadows to photograph. Their most recent book is “Washington – a photographic journey”, published by Farcountry Press.