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Romantic destinations can be enjoyed year-round in Seattle with its breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery. Ranging from budget-friendly options to classic Seattle attractions, these places are sure to impress. If you’re looking for the most romantic spots in the Emerald City for stealing a kiss, for the holiday or any other day, you can’t go wrong with these.
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Head to the top of the Space Needle for a 360-degree panoramic view of the city from the observation deck, which sits 520 feet above the ground. Here you’ll be able to take in Seattle, soaring mountains that surround nearly all sides, the bustling waterfront on Elliott Bay and more. As it tends to get chilly up there, it’s a perfect excuse to snuggle up and enjoy a kiss. Afterward, enjoy an unforgettable meal in the famous revolving Sky City Restaurant, that offers more amazing panoramic views and a menu focused on Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Located in West Seattle, Alki Beach offers stunning views as well as a beach where you’re sure to find the ideal spot for a kiss along the two-and-a-half-mile strip. Enjoy a smooch to the sounds of the waves gently lapping on the shore, and a pleasant stroll walking hand-in-hand on the adjacent trail. When the weather is warm, wading in the water is popular, and when it’s not, you may even find a place to enjoy all to yourselves. This beach is famous for offering one of the best skyline views around. Jack Block Park, is just a 5-minute walk south, a hidden gem that offers a 45-foot observation tower and public beach access with breathtaking views of the Sound, Alki, downtown Seattle and beyond.
The Washington State Ferry is unbeatable for water views, and a kiss. You can drive or walk onto the Bainbridge Island Ferry, and then head out onto the deck to enjoy a ride and a kiss while watching for the myriad of marine life that passes by, from otters and porpoise to humpback whales and orcas. Gazing east, the Seattle skyline is spectacular, and looking west toward Bainbridge Island, the dramatic Olympic Mountains provide an impressive backdrop. Once on the island, rent a bike and explore it on two wheels, enjoy a picnic in a waterfront park or dining in one of the many eateries that range from casual to fine dining.
The Great Wheel may be the city’s very best spot for a romantic interlude. Located along the waterfront at Pier 57, with an overall height of 175 feet, while you soar above the city, the views are unforgettable. Even better, it spins late at night. Not only are all those city lights sparkling, but crowds are fewer and you may even be able to score one of the enclosed gondolas all to yourselves.
Golden Gardens Park is often ranked among Seattle’s most romantic places. Located on the Puget Sound in the Ballard neighborhood, it offers extraordinary views of the water and the Olympics beyond. You can enjoy strolls on the beach, through forested trails, fishing from a pier, or just gazing out at the view together while all the colors of nature make it the ideal spot for a kiss. You can even bring some firewood, a picnic and a bottle of wine for the ultimate romantic date.
Parsons Gardens in the Queen Anne neighborhood is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Arguably its most romantic park as well, this hidden oasis is usually missed by passersby, and you’ll feel as if you’ve discovered your very own secret garden. Walk among the flowers, enjoy a picnic on the lawn, or find a spot underneath a tree and steal a kiss or two. Or three.
Up on Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park is jam-packed with activities and it has an interesting history too, but its highlight is the Volunteer Park Water Tower. Over a century old, it stands over 75-feet tall, and as it sits on top of Capitol Hill, it reaches an elevation of 520-feet, making it the highest point on Capitol Hill. While it takes some effort to get to the top, it’s ideal for couples who enjoy a challenge with a breathtaking award. Here, you’ll be able to soak up an unmatched panoramic view of the city, the Sound and the mountains beyond, another perfect spot for a kiss.
Gliding across a lake is a romantic activity that’s been enjoyed by countless couples for centuries, and in Seattle, Green Lake is one of the best spots to enjoy it. At the Green Lake Boathouse, you can rent a double pedal boat, which can be a little awkward to get around in, leading to lots of laughs, or take out a rowboat, a canoe, sailboat and other watercraft. During the summer when the weather is warm, you might even want to jump into the water for a swim and a kiss.
Seattle’s largest city park is located atop Magnolia Bluff overlooking the city and Puget Sound. From here you can see both mountain ranges, the Cascades to the east and the Olympics to the west. With its higher elevation, it’s also considered one of the best places for watching the sun go down.
Theo Chocolate is located in the Fremont neighborhood just north of downtown and was the very first fair trade and organic bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America. The factory offers an amazing tour into the world of chocolate and the company’s incredibly creative flavors. While learning about the story of cocoa and how the cocoa fruit is transformed into chocolate may not be the best place or time for a kiss, at the tour’s end you can stop by the retail store and stock up on unique flavors like Coffee and Cream and Ghost Chili, to bring for a kiss outside on the Burke-Gilman Trail.