SEPTEMBER - View Spots

  • Beacon Hill - Dr. Jose Rizal Park
  • Belltown - Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Interbay - Myrtle Edwards Park
  • Magnolia - Boulevard Viewpoint
  • Queen Anne - Marshall Park
  • Waterfront - Pier 62 & 63
  • West Seattle - Duwamish Head

Good spots based on the suns location this 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.

  1. Check today's 'official' sunset time so you'll a rough idea of when it's happening.
  2. Find a location near you offering an unobstructed sunset view by using the locations above, or checking other locations with the suncalc tool.
  3. 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.
  4. If happens to be stormy, cloudy, or rainy, check the weather radar, to see if the weather's just passing though.
  5. Make your best guess for your departure time by checking traffic, estimating travel time, and planning to arrive early.
  6. Dress for the weather, a pack camera, bring snacks and see what else is nearby.
  7. 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.