THE ONLY WAY
to take in the true measure of Seattle’s grandeur is to see it from the sky—and you won’t even need a plane to do so.
Seattle is a city defined by geography. Arts, tech and commerce all hold their sway, sure—but at the end of the day, the dense collection of lakes, hills, canals and ravines rules the lives of its citizens. We negotiate it with a network of drawbridges and innovative buildings stacked like cracker boxes up steep slopes. In our spare time, the mountains and water surrounding us draw us in and leave us with dreams of going back.
It can all be overwhelming (especially when it involves a bizarre five-way traffic interchange on the precipice of the city’s steepest hill). But to truly appreciate Seattle’s incredible topography, one needs to rise above it. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do that. From man-made wonders to glorious overlooks, here are some of the best places for a bird’s- eye view.