Six Outrageously Instagrammable Spots in Seattle

In search of the perfect photo for Instagram? Seattle – and the PNW as a whole – helped inspire the plaid, washed out, outdoorsy vibe that has come to define Instagram photos in the past few years. There are plenty of amazing photo spots in the Emerald City, but here are the top five (and for good reason).

Sky View Observatory in Columbia Tower

Everyone who goes to Columbia Tower dreams of gaining access to the exclusive Columbia Tower Club, but you can get the same views a few floors down at the Sky View Observatory. It's a popular enough spot that @IGers_Seattle hosted a meetup there last year! (Yes, the views are truly stunning!)

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The Space Needle & Seattle Center

Seattle's unusual signature structure (the Space Needle) and the surrounding public park spaces and buildings (Seattle Center) are a great spot to wander around and take photos for Instagram. From the beautiful EMP to the International Fountain, there are lots of great scenes to capture and hashtag later.

From the Washington State Ferries

Little known fact for non-locals: one of the best ways to see Seattle is by leaving it – and then coming back on a Washington State Ferry! As the ships pull out from the downtown pier, you can see a panoramic view of the city with Elliott Bay in the foreground.

Kerry Park

Kerry Park is definitely the most popular spot to grab a stunning Seattle skyline shot, probably because it so prominently features the Space Needle (and Mt. Rainier on a clear day!). That said, even on beautiful sunny days the crowds aren't so bad that you can't enjoy the view.

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Beacon Hill

Far from the reach of public transport, getting yourself to Beacon Hill for an Instagram photo session is worth it – the stunning views of downtown Seattle offer a unique perspective on our beautiful city.

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The Pier Puddle

One of the strangest spots to get a stunning Instagram shot is a puddle that captures a beautiful mirror image of the skyline after it rains. It's located on Pier 62/63 along the Seattle waterfront, and the photos that come out of that humble little puddle are definitely worth the likes.

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Valerie Stimac is a roaming writer and Instagram addict. You can find her writing on Travel + Leisure, AFAR, and Roads & Kingdoms, as well as her blog, Valerie & Valise. She's also on Instagram @valerie_valise.