Journalists’ Reference Guide

Photo Opportunities

Greater Seattle’s scenic vistas and innovative architecture offers many opportunities for great photos. Here’s a few locations to get you started.

West Seattle
(looking east towards city)
Exit West Seattle Freeway from I-5 or Highway 99 and drive towards West Seattle. Exit on Admiral Street. You will go up a moderately large hill. Near the top of the hill, on your right, will be a pull-off point. That is where the view is.

Queen Anne Hill
(looking south towards city)
From our office, drive north on 4th Avenue. Turn left on Denny. Turn right on 1st Avenue past Larry’s Market (on your right) and Easy Street Records (on your left). Turn on Roy Street. Turn right onto Queen Anne Avenue. Follow this up the hill. About half-way up the hill, turn left on Highland. Follow Highland about half a block until you will see a grass clearing on your left. This will give you a great shot of the city looking south.

Dr. Rizal Park, from Beacon Hill
(looking north towards city)
From our office, take 5th Avenue South towards the International District. Turn left on Jackson Street. Turn right on 12th. Follow this approximately 3 blocks or so. Look back and to your right and you will see Dr. Rizal Park and a good view of the city. If you get to Atlantic Street you have gone too far.

Mukilteo Ferry Terminal
(Good shots of ferries & lighthouse)
From Interstate 5 North or South, take Highway 525 North exit. Proceed 8 miles on Highway 525 and turn right on Front Street.

The following three locations are accessed from Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Take City Center exit from Interstate 5, then the South 21st Street exit. Turn left at the stoplight and go one block, immediately getting into the right-hand lane. The next stoplight is at Pacific Street. Turn right.

Tacoma’s New Museum District
(Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Museum of Glass Esplanade & Thea Foss Waterway)
From Pacific Avenue in the 1900 block of Tacoma, walk across the pedestrian-only Chihuly Bridge of Glass—great photo opportunities from the bridge back at downtown Tacoma and south across the Thea Foss Waterway with Mount Rainier in the background. Cross the bridge onto the Museum of Glass rooftop for additional great vistas.

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue—just one long block north of the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Go to the top floor, open-air deck to shoot the vista which includes the Museum of Glass and its landmark, angled, 28-meters silver cone Hot Shop, plus Thea Foss Waterway with Mount Rainier in the background.

View of port, water & Tacoma
From downtown, take Pacific Avenue south straight up the hill. Turn left on E. 38th Street and follow it across a ravine bridge—Stanley & Seaforts is on the left just past the bridge. Great view from deck of downtown Tacoma, Commencement Bay and the Port of Tacoma.

Boeing Facilities, Everett
From Interstate 5 North or South, take Exit 189 to State Highway 526 West. Drive for about 3 and 1/2 miles and then follow the signs to the Tour Center. It is located near the west end of the assembly building.

Everett Waterfront, incl. Navy Homeport
From Interstate 5 North or South, take Pacific Exit. Take a right on Grand Street. At 16th and Grand is park with lookout and great views of waterfront.