APRIL - View Spots
- Beacon Hill - Dr. Jose Rizal Park
Best sunsets generally happen between March 27 and September 15 (click photo for directions and info).
- Belltown - Olympic Sculpture Park
Best sunsets generally happen between July 31 and May 10 (click photo for directions and info).
- Interbay - Myrtle Edwards Park
Best sunsets generally happen between August 10 and May 2 (click photo for directions and info).
- Magnolia - Boulevard Viewpoint
Best sunsets generally happen between August 15 and April 22 (click photo for directions and info).
- West Seattle - Duwamish Head
Best sunsets here... generally happen year-round (click photo for directions and info).
Good spots based on the suns location this month.
- Beacon Hill - Rizal Park (All Month)
- Belltown - Olympic Sculpture Park (All Month)
- Interbay - Myrtle Edwards (All Month)
- Magnolia - Boulevard Viewpoint (Ending, April 22)
- West Seattle - Duwamish Head (All Month)
In Seattle, sunsets rarely happen at their 'official time' due to clouds drifting in the wind and the varying heights of mountain peaks on the horizon. Catching a good sunset is often a combination of art, science, and luck. This 7-step checklist can help increase your odds.
- Check today's 'official' sunset time so you'll a rough idea of when it's happening.
- Find a location near you offering an unobstructed sunset view by using the locations above, or checking other locations with the suncalc tool.
- An hour or so beforehand (even if there are clouds overhead), check the western horizon for clear sky. If you can't see the horizon from your location try the Space Needle Webcam, or the Northwest Wining and Dining Webcam. They may help you make a good guess.
- If happens to be stormy, cloudy, or rainy, check the weather radar, to see if the weather's just passing though.
- Make your best guess for your departure time by checking traffic, estimating travel time, and planning to arrive early.
- Dress for the weather, a pack camera, bring snacks and see what else is nearby.
- Be patient and stay an extra 10 - 20 minutes after the sunset if you can, especially if there are a few clouds in the sky. Because sometimes, that's when the most amazing colors happen.