Seattle Skyline Sunrise

Annnnd we’re back!

For Charles’s 30th birthday, I surprised him with a roundtrip flight from D.C. to Seattle, Washington. The gift was obviously win-win for me since I took the liberty of inviting myself along for the trip haha.

I was a little worried at first about how he would react to traveling to the Pacific Northwest since he prefers warm, beachy locales for vacationing but when I finally told him the news, he was really excited about visiting some place different.



We only just returned from Seattle last Thursday and then I jumped right into bridal shower and bachelorette festivities this past weekend for my girl, Tia, who is getting married in 4 days! I’ve got a final presentation due for one of my arts management classes on Wednesday, dance practice on Thursday and then head down to Richmond on Friday for the wedding rehearsal followed by the actual wedding ceremony and reception on Saturday.

In the meantime…

Today’s post is the first of many coming your way about our time in Seattle.

We’re going to begin on a high note… Our second day in the Pacific Northwest which had us waking up at the butt crack of dawn to witness the sunrise over Seattle.

Location = Kerry Park, a public park with an ah-mazing view of the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier (situated in the background to the right of the city skyline).

Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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The sky went from dark to light over the course of about 2 hours. We arrived at Kerry Park around 7am (30 minutes before the sun was scheduled to break the horizon) and left the park between 8:30-9am.

Watching the sunrise was totally worth waking up super early for and I can’t forget to mention that the cost of this experience was/is FREE.


Kerry Park is open to the public from 6am-10pm so you can also watch the sunset over the skyline as well if you’re so inclined.

But I recommend going in the morning when you can have the park all to yourself and few other early risers. From the many reviews I read about the park, the scenic lookout at Kerry Park gets pretty crowded during the sunset time frame.

And if you’re planning a visit this Fall or Winter, bring a hot cup of coffee or tea along to help ward off the morning chill.

As the saying goes, early bird gets the worm :)

P.S. I dare you to try and say “Seattle Skyline Sunrise” really fast 4 times haha.
P.P.S. Linking up with Wanderful Wednesday.

  • These photos are amazing! Did you guys stay in a Airbnb? I definitely can’t wait to visit Seattle myself as it’s one of many cities I gotta cross off my list of places to go.

    • Thanks Valla! And yes, we did stay at an Airbnb :) Let me know and I can send you link to the apartment we stayed at for reference as you plan for your trip. xo

  • So incredibly stunning! We visited Kerry Park during our trip to Seattle earlier this year too, but I didn’t even think about visiting during sunrise! Now I want to go back just for views like this!

    • Hey Ashley! Yes, you gotta go back to Kerry Park for the sunrise or sunset. My husband and I only just returned from Seattle and we’re both already ready to go back haha. It’s such a cool city!

  • This has got to be the most gorgeous skyline ever! I’d love to visit Seattle – it’s been on my bucket list for ages!

    • Hi Van! My photos don’t do the skyline sunrise justice (still working on my night photography skills) because it was even more striking to watch in person. And yes, you gotta visit Seattle – it’s such a unique city that has a strong outdoor-sy vibe.

  • What a great birthday present! Your hubby is a very lucky man. :)
    Also, I love the photos! #WanderfulWednesday

    • Thanks Urska! I kept hinting to Charles that he should surprise me with a trip for my 30th birthday while we were in Seattle but my birthday is not until next April so we shall see :)

  • Whitney

    Oh I love me some Seattle. I need to get back out there for a visit.

    • Girl, we had so much fun! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to do an underground tour because by the time we got downtown and explored Pike Place, the last tour of the day had already left :( We should’ve books the tickets in advance but Charles wanted to “go with the flow” of course (humph). But next time we’re in Seattle, it’s going to happen. Thanks again for the rec!

  • We just got back from Seattle – it’s such an ace place to visit! We didn’t make it to Kerry Park but we did go to the top of the water tower at Volunteer Park which also has awesome views. I’m loving your sunrise pics – they’re spectacular!

    • Hi Sammie – woot woot for Seattle trips! Just googled Volunteer Park and now I’m bummed we didn’t check it out while we were there. The conservatory and art installations look like they would’ve been fun to explore. :)

  • And now I NEED to travel!

    Gorgeous sunrise! I know hubby enjoyed the trip! Great idea!

  • What an awesome birthday gift! This sunrise is absolutely amazing. So worth getting up early for! And FREE (nothing better than that!) I also just tried in my head to say “Seattle Skyline Sunrise” 4 times (since I’m on the metro) and couldn’t even do it in my head haha :D

  • Carrie Zimmer

    Will keep this tip in mind as I think my summer travel plans will include a stop in Seattle!