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Some people will surely disagree, but the top of the Space Needle before and during sunset. Great way to see Seattle, historic, and you'll see the Space Needle all the time and know what it's like at the top. Don't know what it costs these days as it's been a while, but maybe a Slog reader has an annual pass, which allows for a guest every day of the year.
Posted by carnivorous chicken on January 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM · Report this
biffp 2
Freemont Bridge at 7 or 8 in the morning. Golden Gardens at sunset. The Rendevous for views of downtown.
Posted by biffp on January 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Fnarf 3
Take the ferry to Bremerton and back, and time your ride so that you return sometime in the last hour before sunset. The late light coming off the buildings as you glide into port is spectacular.

On a clear day go to the Space Needle observation level.

Go to the Ballard Locks and watch the boats go through -- and don't forget the fish ladder on the other side.
Posted by Fnarf on January 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Later in the year, the fish ladder at the Ballard Locks. In the mean time, maybe the aquarium.
Posted by an epicurean on January 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Louisa Boren Park on a clear day, preferably at sunset.
Posted by captain spaceman on January 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM · Report this
Come over to Redmond and look at the sculpture in front of the town hall here. It's one of the prettiest things I know on a sunny day when it's catching the light. If you want a lovely walk that's close to that, try the Sammammish River Trail and head towards Marymoor Park.
Posted by catrambo on January 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
This is wonderful. She should write a book about her experience.

Some of the places I'd go if I were in her situation:

1. Alleys in Pioneer Square. It's fun to see how the city has aged, and all that brick.

2. Interlaken Park. I'm a big fan of green belts in general. This one has a pretty spectacular ravine.

3. Seward Park. It's the only city park in the country with old growth trees. Seeing how huge and gnarly those trees are is pretty astounding. Find a good place to lay on your back and look up.

4. Elliott Bay Book Company. Browse.

5. Take a ferry ride. The approach when you cross from Bainbridge to Seattle is pretty wonderful. You get a real sense for the city this way.

6. Observation deck on the Columbia Tower. On a clear day, this will blow your mind and maybe make your palms sweat.

7. Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown. Check out all those graphic novels!
Posted by Ryan Boudinot on January 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Come over to Redmond on a sunny day and look at the sculpture, "Silver Thaw," in front of City Hall, which is fantastic when it's catching the light. If you want a lovely walk that's nearby, go over to the Sammammish River Trail and head up towards Marymoor Park.
Posted by catrambo on January 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Capitol Hill on Friday night. It's a strange and wonderful thing!
Posted by MameSnidely on January 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM · Report this
The cherry trees when they are in bloom at UW - and while looking up at them seeing the incredible architecture that is all around you (the gargoyles looking down at you always make me smile).
Posted by jwlsesq on January 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM · Report this
christopher575 12
The Arboretum, but about 10 months from now.
Posted by christopher575 on January 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
View of the city from the parking lot of St. Mark's cathedral on capitol hill.

The Arboretum; winter garden NOW, rhododendron alley in the late spring, by the ship canal in the fall.

Island Quilter (Vashon Is.) on a gray day; over 7000 bolts of quilting fabric in amazing varieties: batik, Japanese-shiny-gold, old-fashioned little flowers, psychedelic whales, etc.

The walk west from Ballard Locks to Golden Gardens, views of water/city/eagles/trees.
Posted by MsBoyer on January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Volo 14
Take a camping trip this summer to somewhere out in the country, preferably on a night with a new moon and few clouds. Seeing all the stars is pretty amazing for city dwellers, whether their vision is new or not.
Posted by Volo on January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM · Report this
katrat 15
Have a big bonfire! I have had sight all my life and I am still enchanted by a good fire.
Posted by katrat on January 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM · Report this
Shena Lee 16
The light gleaming off the buildings on Queen Anne hill, from Capitol Hill/ around the freeway overpass on Pine. Taking the train to Portland along the Sound when the sun is setting. Anytime the mountain is out. Anytime the sun is out. Nightime in a car in the city in the side and rearview mirrors. All of the ways light hits skin and the faces of people you love and/or find beautiful. The Lost Lake sign at night (an impossible to capture mix of cyan and green). I miss Volunteer Park reservoir on a sunny day, but still, the tall glass as seen from a laying down position with an afternoon slant. Conservatory plants there for fun textures. Moonlight on water. The color and light art of the downtown Seattle library (like candy!). And my very very favorite, light ripples underwater in an indoor pool. Get a pair of goggles and enter bliss. <3
Posted by Shena Lee on January 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM · Report this
tabletop_joe 17
Ship Canal bridge, southbound, on a clear morning as the sun is coming over the mountains. On one side, the U-District looks like something from Dickens. To your other side, the Olympic mountains are sometimes pink and often the moon is still out. The buildings on Queen Anne reflect the sun and the rowers cut through Lake Union. There's a lot to see.
Posted by tabletop_joe on January 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
For my money, Fremont Peak Park on Palatine offers one of the best views to the west. Sunsets there are particularly nice.
Posted by j.lee on January 21, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Wow! I particularly like lights at night, so here are some of those:
- Any tall place that has a view of the Wheel at night
- The view FROM the wheel at night
- I actually really like the way the Christmas lights illuminate things at UVillage (once again, at night)
- On all the solstices, there are really cool lantern/light walks around Greenlake

In the "color" theme:
- Chihuly Garden and Glass
- The gum wall has color AND texture
- There are some interesting colored lights in patterns on the walls at the arrivals gate at seatac.

Enjoy! (And do let us know what you end up thinking of all these places...)
Posted by NWgirl on January 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
The Bainbridge to Seattle ferry on a very foggy day is especially beautiful.
Posted by Timmy! on January 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM · Report this
catpantsclub 21
I know this is kind of random, but the Plymouth Congregational Church downtown is so different from everything around it. The first time I saw it I was rather fascinated by it.

For texture, the gum wall, maybe.

The tulip fields in the Skagit valley in April.

Catching a baseball game at Safeco Field, but making sure to wander around.

I love the Vivarium in the sculpture park.
Posted by catpantsclub on January 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Someone get this woman some acid. Bank carpets will be even better.
Posted by Jonman on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
SPG 23
Can I give you a camera?
Posted by SPG on January 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 24
Go over the walking bridges from the old MOHAI to the lower (north) part of the Arboretum
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
psbirch 25
Timelapse photography
Posted by psbirch on January 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Have someone drive you North across the Alaskan Way Viaduct (SR 99) on a sunny morning this spring and summer. Look to the left across the Sound. I have to drive it a couple of times a week and when the sun is out it still takes my breath away. That view is the biggest tragedy of the new tunnel. See it before it goes away forever. Congratulations on appreciating the beauty of things.
Posted by waynerawley on January 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 27
just about everybody i know hates it, but that red room at the downtown public library gives me the good shivers everytime i go there. also.. some of the imax offerings at the pacific science center cane be a treat..
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on January 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
stinkbug 28
It's posts like this that make me miss Questionland. Too bad the Stranger pretends that it never existed.
Posted by stinkbug on January 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM · Report this
emma's bee 29
Richard Serra's "Wake" at Olympic Sculpture Park on a bright sunny day with sharp shadows.
Posted by emma's bee on January 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM · Report this
The view driving into Seattle on I-90 - the trees and houses framing the depression-era design of the tunnel - always makes me happy, esp. on a sunny fall or spring day.
Posted by Luckier on January 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 31
Holy hell, this thread is incredible. Welcome to the world of looking at things.

As someone already said, the Great Wheel is great for lots of lights and patterns. There are great views of it all around the waterfront.

Oh dang. I need to go be happy about humanity for a while. I need to lie down and appreciate the world.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
rob! 32
Best part of this is the looking into the mind's eye by all the people who, for whatever reason, may have STOPPED seeing.
Posted by rob! on January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM · Report this
AirBuddy 33
The Port of Seattle building off Alaskan way has free telescopic viewfinders you can twirl around to look into glass office buildings. Or look at the dinosaur-like container cranes.
Posted by AirBuddy on January 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
recreate 34
Kerry Park on Queen Anne comes to mind right away. Another visual trip that I have always found to be mesmerizing is just visiting the grocery store. All the varied colors and shapes, all the lurid print and luscious hues... it's the simplest pleasure, and it's strictly free (until you see something you want!!)

I'm curious to know if the visual dimension alters one's perception of taste!
Posted by recreate on January 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM · Report this
Get sushi at Moshi Moshi and enjoy the beautiful light up tree inside.
Posted by ishf on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Report this
treacle 36
The city-wide view from the Volunteer Park Water Tower is pretty great...

Driving across the floating bridges during a high wind is pretty cool for the waves-on-one-side, calm-on-the-other effects...

Try to get up high (Columbia Tower? Rattlesnake Ridge? Small airplane?) during a thick fog....

Fall, after a wet summer....

I second the big bonfire idea....

View of Mt. Baker, from up high, during a glorious sunset...

Lenticular clouds above Mt. Rainier (when the winds are high at Rainier)...

Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula... and for that matter, a hike up along the Hoh River valley.

Hiking in the mountains during a light snow....

The view out into the Pacific Ocean on a sunny day from the Cape Flattery Trail... stay for the entire sunset, you might see some atmospheric magic.
Posted by treacle on January 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Early September go up to Sunrise on Mount Rainer and hike out to Skyscraper Pass. The whole walk is incredible, but the view in the pass is one of the most stunning on the park
Posted by lone locust on January 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Coming up I-5 at night, from the airport, there's one bend in the road where suddenly TA-DAAAA! SEATTLE! Always feels like being welcomed home. Or southbound, coming over the bridge from North Seattle at night, that's pretty sparkly, too.

Sunrise and sunset, just about anywhere around here. I'm still regularly blown away by what spectacular sunsets we get.

And the Port always fascinates me. All those thousands and thousands of shipping containers, stacked up in precise rows, each one the size of a bus.
Posted by Ben on January 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Dade 39
The walk down Yesler to Pioneer Square on a sunny day. Mountains, ferries, Smith Tower to the side. It was my commute for a while, and still gives me chills to remember.

Also seconding UW in spring - all the cherry trees, and the general gorgeousness of the campus buildings.
Posted by Dade on January 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 40
If you're up for cinema, I would recommend the documentaries of Ron Fricke (as director and/or cinematographer), especially Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka, and Samsara (only because those are the ones I've personally seen).

These are non-narrative documentaries that cover the globe. You'll be able to see things you're not likely to ever get to yourself, and I find them simply visually stunning.

Here's a trailer for Samsara.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton 41
Come to me.

You're in the middle of the city & yet the middle of nowhere. Come to me especially during the summer, when the grass is tall. Sit on the concrete steps in the middle of my field and look around you. I am, all of me, phenomenally, timelessly fucking beautiful.
Posted by The Empty Yellow Houses of Fort Lawton on January 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Discovery park, walk past the sign that says "unstable bluffs" where the trail is, and go to the sand, and look out at the sound.

Take the ferry to Bremerton, but not the 4:20 or the 5:35 (these are commuter ferries, and they are filled with grumpy, tired people). Take an early ferry, early enough to see the sun rise over Seattle, or late enough to see the sun setting over the Olympics and see the city gleaming in the light. Take the Bremerton Ferry, because it's a longer ride for your ~$8, and the pass between Manchester/PO and Bainbridge is scenic, as well.

Go on a bike ride with a group, but not if there are too many old people with yellow jackets and helmet mirrors who have forgotten how to have fun.

Walk up through the ID and get a Bahn Mi, and walk across the Jose Rizal bridge at sunset.

The gorgeous views peek out all over the city, and you merely need to be aware of the wonder of the quotidian
Posted by leighzbohns on January 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM · Report this
It's been mentioned once, but bears repeating: the main quad on UW campus when the cherry blossoms are in bloom (typically last week of March/first week of April) is an absolute marvel.
Posted by So-called Claire on January 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM · Report this
biffp 44
Agree about the red room at the Central Library. It's dizzying. I like EMP as a building

You can have a bonfire on the beach at Golden Gardens. I live at Green Lake, and thought the luminaries were only in December.

If the vicinity is included, I'd take a ferry to Victoria or the San Juans. Mt. Constitution has amazing views. Deception Pass is great. The Tacoma Zoo has nice views. And Vancouver Canada is 'future Seattle' as someone I adore says when we drive over the Granville Street bridge.
Posted by biffp on January 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
biffp 45
The drive to, and views from the top of, Crystal Mountain were beautiful this weekend.
Posted by biffp on January 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
camlux 46
Bloedel Gardens on Bainbridge Island, especially in the spring. The Frye Art Museum any time. The produce and fish sections at the Pike Place Market. Renting a kayak and paddling around Lake Union on a sunny day. Best wishes with all your new viewing.
Posted by camlux on January 21, 2014 at 1:32 PM · Report this
Oyster Dome hike-just south of Bellingham, but 2 miles and ~1500 feet of elevation gain gets you a view from a 300 foot cliff of the sound, the san juans, the olympic mountains, and the Skagit county farmlands like you are in a airplane. Breathtaking spot to see a sunset. Also, I was blinded in 1 eye about 7 years a go, so I am SO happy for you. Its a wonderful world out there!
Posted by Randy Beaver on January 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM · Report this
schmacky 48
The graffiti wall on Tubs in U District

Freeway Park

Waterfall Garden in Pioneer Square

Woodland Park Zoo, then a walk around Greenlake

Sculpture Park, then a walk around Myrtle Edwards

Seattle Public Library in Spring on a sunny day

Canoe/kayaking in the arboretum

Walk along the boat docks at Fisherman's Bay

Walk along the path that goes around Seward Park

Posted by schmacky on January 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Stand on the north plaza of Centurylink Field when a Sounders' "March to the Match" goes by, 60 minutes before kickoff - ideally the first game of the season (March 8th) or before a big match (like the rivalry with Portland) . The first part of the march will include pyrotechnics (giant blue and green smoke bombs and most likely marine/signal flares) and then the riot of colors and masses of people waving flags and scarves and clapping in unison - that'd be a trip to see if you're new to this whole "sight" thing!
Posted by Juris on January 21, 2014 at 2:55 PM · Report this
1. olympus spa in lynnwood, for a great non-sexual view of all kinds of women's bodies
2. greenlake on the first warm saturday afternoon of spring, for the people watching
3. the new Rainier Beach play pool during public swim - look at all of the kids and families splashing and having fun

Posted by westy on January 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM · Report this
The beach stretching around South Magnolia is really cool - the crumbling bluffs, the shattered remains of fallen mansions, and the industrial litter from a bygone age. The view out over the sound is nice too, but it's the beach itself that really makes it.
Posted by ricaroo on January 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM · Report this
I suggest taking a nighttime tour of the Chihuly museum located below the Space Needle. Standing in that atrium space, looking through the lighted hanging sculptures up into the Needle itself -- breathtaking.
Posted by Fire Chief on January 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
The Pike Place Market on a weekday (no tourists). The vast array of sights, sounds and smells is unrivaled. I love to go through and close my eyes to smell the various foods - I wonder if you would get a kick out of seeing what you have previously only smelled?
Posted by anita772 on January 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM · Report this
The first buds swelling on the branches at the arboretum in the spring.
Posted by ProstSeattle on January 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM · Report this
Matthew Richter 55
No one has said the James Turrell skyspace at the Henry??…
Posted by Matthew Richter on January 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM · Report this

If you want to talk about film, you must see the works of Stan Brakhage. You can find a collection of his work on DVD, released by the Criterion Collection. Brakhage worked in non-representative, abstract cinema. Some of his films about nothing BUT the act of seeing separated from most of what we consider to be a movie. For instance, some of his films pass by as flashes and pulses of light. Other times he takes found footage from instructional films, or scratches the actual film stock with needles and other objects to create hypnotic visual moods. It's really quite beautiful.

For more narrative, I'd suggest the films of the National Film Board of Canada. I believe all their films are available on line. A lot of them are educational and nature films from the mid to late 20th century.

Then maybe you'll want to see the films of Fellini, Kubrick, Kurosawa, and many others...
Posted by Ryan Boudinot on January 22, 2014 at 12:21 AM · Report this
I don't live in Seattle, or the US, so can't really advise, but just want to say this is SO LOVELY!

Oh! Except one thing anyone can do anywhere and has been making me quietly happy for years? Look at a candle through a glass of red wine. The kind of tealight candle you get in restaurants works particularly well, you can just lift your glass so the light shines upwards through the base. Especially good if it's a tumbler rather than a proper wineglass and the wine is half-drunk. You might want to swill the wine gently as if you're doing the whole posh wine-tasting thing, but I do it for the visuals. Light through translucent things generally is amazing. Look out for sunlight shining through leaves later in the year.
Posted by Green Lizard on January 22, 2014 at 3:53 AM · Report this
It's a little goofy, but I have a soft spot for the Bridge Troll.

If, as someone else said, if you're up for going out of town, head on up to BC. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is fantastic (if you're not acrophobic).
Posted by clashfan on January 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this
washington pass on the north cascade hwy , looking down the massive cliff
Posted by neoanderthal on January 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
Pretty much impossible to plan BUT the most beautiful view of Seattle/Washington State I've ever seen happened last Wednesday night for me when I was flying back from CO during a very clear, very bright full moon. Incredible. If any of you happen to be flying from the East into Seattle on a clear, full moon night- get a window seat and don't forget to breathe.
Posted by passionfruiter on January 22, 2014 at 4:53 PM · Report this
biffp 61
Westward, at the top of Elliot Bay, has a bonfire pit and an unbelievable view of downtown. Walrus & Carpenter is my place for people watching.

I love the Bridge Troll too. I can't believe opinion is mixed on whether it's an attraction or an eyesore.
Posted by biffp on January 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Lissa 62
I would like to echo Green Lizard @57. Looking at a blue, blue autumn sky through brightly colored leaves is lovely. I would also suggest watching crows coming home to roost at dusk when there are no leaves on the trees. They stream across a purple sky, light on the trees, fly back up, swirling around like ash from a campfire again and again before they finally settle. And if you get a chance, a really good diamond in the sunlight is a sight to see.
Posted by Lissa on January 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM · Report this
Lissa 63
Ooo! Ooo! And buy a kaleidoscope!
Posted by Lissa on January 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM · Report this
Still Thinking 64
4th of July fireworks reflected in Elliot Bay or Lake Union
frost flowers on windshields and frost on grass if it gets below freezing
a full moon over Mt. Rainier in the pink of a dying summer sunset
any brook, waterfall or fountain
children swinging high enough for that pause framed against the sky
an accordionist
a spider spinning a web
the sleeping face of someone you love
Posted by Still Thinking on January 22, 2014 at 10:22 PM · Report this
Take a drive along the upper deck of the 99 viaduct (north bound) on a clear day like today. It's the most beautiful view of the City and it's surroundings.
Posted by tacomagirl on January 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
tabletop_joe 66
People's eyes! Look at a variety of them up close if you have people around who will let you. Look right in there. The iris of the eye, whatever color, has the most interesting textures.
Posted by tabletop_joe on January 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Dougsf 67
Maybe there's a whole world to see first, but I wonder what it's like to experience film and other visual arts for her?

Also, any big city skyline at night.
Posted by Dougsf on January 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM · Report this
I would suggest going to see a show of some sort - Pacific Northwest Ballet will soon be doing Sleeping Beauty & Giselle later in the year which are both beautiful. The Lion King will be at the Paramount Theater in March (I saw this in NYC and it was amazing). It looks like a lot of the theaters do free Saturday tours which might be fun to see, although I've never done it.
Posted by suburban queen on January 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Get a microscope! You can look at leaves, your own hair, a pet's hair, fiber from a carpet, swab your cheek and look at the cells, all kinds of stuff!
Posted by cbear on January 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 70
Go skiing! I grew up in the flattest possible place in the world. Then I moved to Seattle and started skiing on real actual mountains. I can hardly pay attention to what I'm doing because of the views. Whistler is my favorite for views while skiing.
Posted by ScienceNerd on January 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM · Report this
Newcastle Golf Club on top of Cougar Mountain. You can see Lake WA, Puget Sound, the Olympics, the Cascades, Bellevue, Renton, Newcastle, Seattle (all the way from the tower at SeaTac to the old Safeco Bldg. in the U District). There is no view like it anywhere else, unless you are in a plane or helicopter.
Posted by Belle on January 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM · Report this
McBomber 72
A booth at 13 Coins. It's squishy and so marvelously brown in there.
There's a reflective metal helix-looking sculpture in the middle of Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center (outdoors). On sunny evenings, you can stand inside and look up to see the clouds framed in a sparkly circle by the tall cylindrical sculpture.
Did you experience vertigo without sight? In the summer I'll wade into the middle of a wide river like the Skykomish to fish. After a long time staring at the hole I've been casting into, I'll suddenly turn my gaze downstream. Seeing the ripples move swiftly away all around me always gives me the very real sensation of falling backwards into the water, though I'm perfectly still. It's disconcerting at first. (You'll need waders or a high cold tolerance to try this - plus caution of course - the water moves very fast).
Posted by McBomber on January 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM · Report this
The rapids of the Wenatchee River, as it snakes alongside US Highway 2 down the eastern slopes of the mountains into the Columbia River Valley.

Also, the Wenatchee valley when all the orchards are in bloom. Hell, just go to the apple blossom festival in the spring, via Leavenworth.
Posted by Lack Thereof on January 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM · Report this
walk on the beach at low tide, especially at night with a flashlight. So many amazing things to look at!
stones of all sorts, garden dirt
the delicate parts of living things, leaf veins, root hairs, insect legs
the wall of snuff bottles at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park
the tiny bubbles that form and burst in coffee grounds when the last of the water is trickling through the drip filter
watch how the shadows move on a sunny day
Posted by Merlinrain on January 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM · Report this
McBomber 75
@74, beautiful!
And, more clumsily:
Flashlights (anywhere).
Tide pools (with and without sunlight; at night, with flashlights).
Also, Rialto Beach on the peninsula - so many tiny pebbles crunching underfoot and crazy weather-white-bleached trunks lining the shore.
Posted by McBomber on January 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM · Report this
It's obviously not in Seattle, but some day, go down to Oregon and visit Crater Lake. I grew up an hour away from it and I think it's the prettiest sight on earth.

A google image search will be good until you can be there in person.

Also go to the Oregon coast. Go to Cannon Beach and look at all the brightly colored starfish on Haystack Rock.
Posted by J from Oregon on January 24, 2014 at 12:38 AM · Report this
Take a close look at moss. The sporophytes look like wee trees in a tiny, lush landscape.
Posted by HowCome? on January 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM · Report this
I suggest taking a close look at a clump of moss. It's a tiny world unto itself and the sporophytes look like wee little trees.
Posted by HowCome? on January 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM · Report this
These responses restore my faith in mankind.
Posted by mikeinSF on January 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM · Report this
The reading room at Suzzallo Library on UW campus.
Posted by fuckbucket on January 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 81
Repeating the @42 suggestion of the top of the 'unstable bluffs' at the base of the big sloping field below the radar dome at Discovery Park [Use W. Emerson St. entrance]. On a clear day such as today (Saturday 25 Jan), the view of the water and the Olympic Mountains beyond is breathtaking. I walked there all the way from the E side of Ballard today, and back. It was totally worth the exertion.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on January 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM · Report this
Lots of people have mentioned mountains, but the best view of mountains for me is also sort of a geographical summary of Seattle and the surrounding area, and it's simple!

Have someone drive you on the upper deck of I-5 northbound going across the ship canal, and before you get to the University district, on a clear day, you can see the Olympics on your right, and the Cascades on your left. It helps if the car is a little higher up, something like an SUV or a truck would be better. Also, if you stare ahead and unfocus your eyes, you can kinda see both mountain ranges at the same time.

And for a more general recommendation of awesome views, I would suggest this:
Posted by burmer on January 26, 2014 at 6:16 AM · Report this
Mount Rainier during peak wildflower season is the most breathtaking sight I have personally beheld. Call the ranger station to ask when peak will be (varies with snowfall and temperature). Usually early-mid August.

In winter, find some good fresh snowfall (might be hard this year!) In December, we drove out to Leavenworth. There is nothing quite like the sight of freshly fallen snow on conifers, or the way snow catches light so that it looks like a meadow filled with glitter.
Posted by Kimsee on January 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM · Report this
Mount Rainier during peak wildflower seasons is simply breathtaking. Call the ranger station to find out when peak season will be - usually early to mid August.

This time of year - if there is snow - find a lovely conifer forest to visit after fresh snowfall. The sight of new snow on tree branches is a visual feast. Plus you might be able to track animal prints in the snow, or catch the sun shining just right so that it creates a meadow full of glitter.
Posted by Kimsee on January 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM · Report this

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