For this week’s photo challenge, I will be your tour guide to Seattle, my hometown and one of America’s most beautiful cities. We’ll start with a picture I took from the deck of our cruise ship last fall, as we were about to depart for Alaska. I like the picture for the prominence given to the Space Needle, which in reality no longer dominates our city’s skyline but will always be its symbol to me. Even less prominent is the 1914 Smith Tower seen on the far right, once the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi, now barely a footnote in the city.
You’ll find equally beautiful views from Alki Beach, the birthplace of Seattle,
Including the Olympic Mountains to the west, floating above Puget Sound. A ferry will take you there.
And if you’re here long enough, you’ll likely catch a glimpse of that other local symbol that will only leave you wanting more.
So go ahead. Travel the distance south to Mt. Rainier and get up close and personal.
You’ll be glad you did.
Great city, one of the most spectacular views is flying in when all of the mountains are out!
So true!! Surrounded by mountains and water and forest! What more do you want? 🙂 Okay, maybe less traffic? 🙂
Yes, traffic is a huge issue, but it is everywhere!
True too. There’s a reason for all the traffic. People like it here!
Look like a nice city. Shame about all that rain.
I always remember watching ‘Frasier’, which was set in that city. It always seemed to be raining! 🙂 I know that the show was actually filmed in Los Angeles, and only one episode was ever filmed in Seattle. But despite filming it in sunny L.A., they constantly referenced the rain.
Best wishes, Pete.
Yes, we are truly known for our rain, deservedly so! Although not anywhere near the top of US cities for annual rainfall, we seem to get it pretty well distributed throughout the year, along with regular gray and cloudy skies. On balance though, it’s so gorgeous, it’s still worth living here. As they say, you get what you pay for! 😉
We’ve lived in Tacoma and on Vashon Island, but never desired to live in Seattle–the usual nice place to visit but we wouldn’t want to live there. Beautiful photos! I’m just not an urbanite.
Thank you. I understand, especially now that the city is booming and too expensive for most people to live in. I was born and raised in Seattle so it will always be home to me. But what I like the most is the surrounding natural environment, really the whole Northwest. That’s what keeps me in the area. 🙂
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Flying to Seattle on Monday! Not spending much time in the city itself but hopefully I’ll get a little chance to explore. Great photos 🙂
Thank you!! I hope the Mountain is out for you! 🙂
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