West Seattle is known for its stunning beachfront and parks perfect for outdoor adventures. Whether you want to spend time on the beach, dine at one of the many unique restaurants, or shop, this scenic neighborhood with stunning views and a relaxing, laid-back energy is perfect for you!
West Seattle is notorious for its miles of gorgeous beachfront. Alki Beach is a popular scenic beach with two and a half miles of sandy beachfront to explore. Many people from joggers, to sunbathers, cyclists, and rollerbladers frequent this beach to soak up the Sun. Other nearby hotspots like Alki Point Lighthouse and Alki Beach Park offer more adventures. The lighthouse, located on Puget Sound’s Alki Point, stands nearly 37 feet tall.
Lincoln Park is another notable place to explore various pathways and take in more scenic views of this rocky beachfront destination.
West Seattle has countless trails great for exploring. Schmitz Preserve Park is a 53-acre park just east of Alki Point. There is an abundance of footpaths to explore and take in the surrounding trees and wildlife. Other parks like Hamilton Viewpoint Park, Westcrest Park, Lincoln Park, and Alki Beach park are all notable mentions, among which you can experience stunning views of the beachfront, mountains, and city skyline.
When you’re not busy exploring the gorgeous beaches and parks of this area, there are many one-of-a-kind attractions to visit. The Seattle Chinese Garden sits on 4.6 acres among the South Seattle Community College campus and provides stunning panoramic views of downtown, Washington, Elliot Bay, and the Cascade mountains. Plus, you can take in the beautiful Chinese landscape and architecture that make up this beautiful spot.
The Log House Museum is another West Seattle attraction to visit. Built in the early 1900s, this historical log museum houses plenty of local artifacts to learn more about the rich history of West Seattle.
West Seattle Junction is the neighborhood’s focal point and is in the heart of downtown West Seattle. Here, you can choose to explore various trendy shops, coffee spots, and yummy food places to fully appreciate the magic of this neighborhood.
After all your outdoor adventures, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Luckily, West Seattle has many tasty restaurants. Phoenecia is a neighborhood favorite and has been a part of West Seattle for nearly 50 years. Known for its tasty Lebanese cuisine, enjoy a Lebanese-inspired dish and pair it with one of their many signature cocktails.
Another go-to restaurant is Jak’s Grill. This is a popular neighborhood steakhouse where you can choose from a wide selection of savory steak options, or opt for a more seafood option fitting for the West Seattle landscape.
If you’re looking for more of a Southwest flare, consider Cactus. Cactus is another popular West Seattle restaurant on Alki that offers a wide variety of tasty Mexican dishes, from nachos to enchiladas and more. Plus, Cactus offers beautiful waterfront views and is a great restaurant to watch the sunset while your sip on one of their signature margaritas.