Inspired by Curbed Seattle’s 16 Best Places to Instagram Outside, HEWITT decided to add a few additional spots to get the perfect shot that are uniquely Seattle.
Gridiron (590 1st Ave South, Pioneer Square)
Capture a slice of Pioneer Square’s historic flair next to CenturyLink Field at the Gridiron Condos. Remnants of the new condominium building’s former life are still visible on the red brick at the street level. Bonus – it’s just a short walk to Occidental Park and Seattle’s “secret” Waterfall Garden Park.
Bell Street Park (1st Avenue & Bell Street, Belltown)
Bell Street Park is a very walkable pedestrian park across Belltown. Seattle’s first woonerf (also called a living street) spans four blocks from 1st to 4thAvenue. Salvaged granite blocks serve as unique seating for selfie poses and the Monorail might photobomb the shot if you time it right.
Capitol Hill Transit Station (140 Broadway East, Capitol Hill)
“Crossed Pinkies” and “Walking Fingers” are two large, porcelain enamel on steel murals by local artist Ellen Forney that hang in the North and West entrances to the Capitol Hill light rail station. The colorful “Jet Kiss” by artist Mike Ross on the platform level is also great photo material. Step outside to check out construction progress on the new Capitol Hill Station development or visit Cal Anderson Park.
West Thomas Street Overpass (1st Avenue and Western Avenue, Seattle Center)
Grab a selfie as you walk or bike to reach Myrtle Edwards Park and the waterfront from lower Queen Anne and Belltown. The West Thomas Street pedestrian bridge is part of an overall system of pathways to help make walking and biking around Seattle easier and safer. Go near sunset for maximum photo potential.
Galleria between Nessie & Bigfoot (500 9th Ave North, Belltown)
Down the street from Amazon’s Spheres lies a lovely Galleria between two Amazon office buildings (Nessie & Bigfoot). A large glass artwork by artist Spencer Finch covers the space and creates a dappled, forest-like light that evokes being in a forest in the middle of the city. The shape of the water features at either end are reminiscent of Seattle’s radical transformation during the Denny Regrade.
Bell Harbor International Conference Center @ Pier 66 (2211 Alaskan Way, Waterfront)
This hidden gem above the Bell Harbor Conference Center offers a great view of the Seattle waterfront, stadiums, shipping cranes, and Mount Rainier (on a good day). Spyglasses offer views of Bainbridge Island across Elliott Bay. There’s lots to see at street level too, like the fun fish-eye fountain.
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