Where Seattle - - Insider -

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.

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