The Best View in Seattle: Kerry Park

  In celebration of its 50th Anniversary t he Space Needle was painted orange, the original color from the 1962 World Fair.

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary the Space Needle was painted orange, the original color from the 1962 World Fair.

No trip to Seattle is complete without a trip to Kerry Park to get your iconic shot of the Seattle skyline. Halfway up the hill in the beautiful Queen Anne neighborhood you can find a tiny one-acre park overlooking the city. This park was gifted to Seattle by the Kerrys in 1927 so that everyone in Seattle could enjoy the beautiful view. So when you visit, say a silent thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kerry (we like to imagine them as a slightly richer version of the old couple in Pixar's Up) because otherwise we would have to sneak through people's yards to get these photos (Sarah will do anything to get a good photo).

 On a clear day you can see as far south as Mount Rainier. Or as Seattleites refer to it, The Mountain.

On a clear day you can see as far south as Mount Rainier. Or as Seattleites refer to it, The Mountain.

 The view from Kerry Park during a foggy sunrise.

The view from Kerry Park during a foggy sunrise.

 If you want to shoot at night make sure to bring a tripod or use the length to steady your hand! Photo credit: Suzi Alexander

If you want to shoot at night make sure to bring a tripod or use the length to steady your hand! Photo credit: Suzi Alexander

We were recently asked if we recommend visiting during the day or night. We are going to take the easy way out on this one and say, "It depends" and "Both." 

If you have never been to Seattle before it is neat to come to Kerry Park during the day and get a panoramic view of the city. You can see Mount Rainier in the distance on a clear day and identify lots of landmarks from your lookout. At night though, the city offers a whole different experience. The city lights along with the water of Puget Sound glistening as the ferry boats go back and forth is something you can sit and watch forever (realistically more like 10-15 minutes, but it's really nice, okay?)

 The park might be small, but there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the view!

The park might be small, but there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the view!

  Changing Form  by Doris Totten Chase. 

Changing Form by Doris Totten Chase. 

 You can always identify Seattle parks by these colorful signs! 

You can always identify Seattle parks by these colorful signs! 

Insider Tip: Molly Moons Homemade Ice Cream has a location just a few blocks up. On a warm day/night stop there first and walk down with your waffle cone to the park. Don't forget to check out all the beautiful homes in the neighborhood while you stroll.