Alki Point, Seattle
Some of the best views of the Seattle skyline are available in the much more suburban communities known as West Seattle and Alki.
Alki was the first American settlement in the area, and was so named as "Alki" means "some day" in Chinook trade jargon. The name was Alki New York or basically "One Day New York will be Here" but the community failed. It is not a place where large boats are able to land, and was otherwise unsuitable for the early settlers. By the 1860s the community was abandoned in favor of the place that would become Seattle.
It is possible to reach West Seattle and Alki Point by driving or by bus, but another option is the King County Water Taxi, which provides an attraction in its own right. It is cheaper to take the bus, and that keeps you from having to deal with parking issues. Also, you are able to walk the entire walkway one direction and take the bus back if you so desire.
Today, West Seattle and Alki Point have a small assortment of restaurants, including two with a great view of the Seattle skyline: Salty's (which is kind of expensive) and the Alki Crab and Fish (much more reasonably priced).
All along the base of the peninsula there is a walking and biking pathway that goes through the waterfront parks and viewpoints. This continues several miles and goes to a series of parks. This includes Don Armeni Park and Anchor Park. At the far west end of the Alki Peninsula it reaches Alki Beach Park and the Alki Statue of Liberty.
If you continue on past the lighthouse, you will come to the Avenue of Stars and Constellation Park.
In memorial of the early pioneers that attempted to settle here and found it unsuitable as a first community, there is the Log Cabin Museum located close the community of Alki itself.
Further up the hill there is yet more to be discovered. This includes such things as Admiral Viewpoint.
See my West Seattle and Alki pages for more.
The City of Seattle can be seen at Alki Point. You just have to drive to Alki Point and you will find out that you can have the best view of the Space Needle, the buildings of Seattle, the neighborhood of Queen Anne and Magnolia, the Seaport of Seattle, etc.
Walking at the Alki Point is actually refreshing. There is a bike path here so you can also bring your bike. This path is also used for skaters.
There are many benches to sit down just to view the Puget Sound and the City of Seattle.
Alki Beach is just a short Elliott Bay Water Taxi and bus trip from downtown. Located on the northern tip of the peninsula area known as West Seattle, the beach is a nice long stretch of clean sand. Unfortunately, swimming is probably out of the question, as the water in these parts is freezing. I wondered along here late one summer's afternoon and it looked like a popular spot for the locals. There is an intriguing mini statue of liberty here. Alki point was chosen to be the location of a settlement called New New York (really!). Nature conspired against the place being a major centre and settlement ended up being focused around present day Seattle. The presence of this miniature version of a New York icon is either ironic, or intentional.
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Come explore the Legends and Lore of the Northwest UFO History, Bigfoot and Ghost Museum
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Ghost Tour - Haunted History of Capitol Hill Tour
Ghost Walk - with Emerald City Walkers
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Seattle, WA 98102
Capitol Hill Area
Between Roy and Mercer on the North end of Broadway
Lower atrium beneath Aoki Sushi
While you're there step next door to Spotlight Fashions and ask for a tour of the costumes.....
Although this wonderful area is off the beaten tourist path, don't expect it to be that quiet. Locals know exactly where to go for a long board walk stroll, some tasty seafood, and the most spectacular sunset. Then there is the sight of the Olympic mountains rising up out of the water across Puget Sound. To top it all off, there is the picture perfect view of downtown Seattle.
If you can arrange the tranportation to get out there, Alki Beach across the bridge in West Seattle is not to be missed!
Tip when I asked a friend what's the best thing to see in Seattle:
Lincoln Park's beach front at about 8 when it's foggy and the ferries are docking and leaving.
Lincoln Park is in West Seattle. Take the West Seattle Bridge, follow the signs to the Vashon Ferry, and right before the ferry is Lincoln Park. Great place for a walk and a nice view. Alki Beach is in the same area and it's a great walk with a view over the water back towards downtown Seattle and the Space Needle!
Scenes from Alki Beach
Alki Beach, Seattle's west end. Its a great place to relax and unwind in a little known part of town. The area has several good restaurants and bars and a walkway by the ocean. Bonfires on the beach at night are allowed. A must in good weather
This memorial, standing on Alki Beach in West Seattle, was donated to the community by local Boy Scouts in 1952. I think it could use a good scrub.