While cities like Paris and New York usually get all the glory when it comes to innate romantic appeal, that doesn’t mean Seattle doesn’t have some romantic sparkle, too! In fact, if you know where to go, Seattle has romance around every corner (or at least many corners). From its waterfront beauty to green parks and forests to chic restaurants, Seattle has got plenty of perfect places for a kiss.
In no particular order...
01 of 09
On a Ferry
Ferries have a few distinct advantages for a kiss—water views and, in the case of Seattle, skyline views, too. You can walk onto the Bainbridge Island or Bremerton ferry or even the West Seattle water taxi from the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Pier 52. Save this one for a day when the weather is pleasant, head for the part of the ferry with the best view (open water or skyline, your choice), and sneak a uniquely Seattle kiss.
02 of 09
Volunteer Park is no mere patch of grass and offers a number of potential places for a kiss. If you like a view, you can climb the water tower and check out Seattle sprawling below you (it’s actually higher in elevation than the Space Needle) through tiny windows. Or have a seat in front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, where you can also see downtown Seattle far below. Alternately, take a walk to the Volunteer Park Conservatory—a historical glasshouse that’s a beautiful place for not only a kiss but a wedding (that’s how romantic it is)!
03 of 09
Cherry Blossom Season at UW
It may be pretty tough to top cherry blossom petals falling in a gentle breeze for sheer romantic impact, but visit the University of Washington campus during cherry blossom season on a clear, spring day and that’s just what you’ll find. The cherry blossoms at UW are located at The Quad and have been on campus since 1962. Cherry blossom season isn’t very long (about two weeks) and usually happens in March. You can find out when the trees are in bloom by following @uwcherryblossom on Twitter or calling UW’s Visitors Center at 206-543-9198.
04 of 09
Located in West Seattle, Alki Beach is not only a nice beach, but it’s also a lovely viewpoint. Directly across from downtown Seattle, Alki Beach has one of the best skyline views in town. On warm days, the beach is a bustling place filled with people playing in the sand, wading in the water, or walking and jogging on the adjacent trail. On cooler days, you might even find a place all to yourself.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Seattle has a number of romantic restaurants that set the perfect stage for a kiss, but Canlis has undeniable appeal. Walking in, you’ll immediately know you’re someplace special from the warm-yet-stylish décor. Book a window seat in advance for maximum appeal. Tall windows overlook Lake Union and by night plenty of glittering lights will add a little something extra. Oh, yeah, it’s romantic!
06 of 09
The Northwest is an outdoorsy kind of place and for romantics who like a great hike right in the city, there’s no finer choice than Discovery Park. With lots of tucked-away trails, overlooks with amazing views and even a beach with a lighthouse, a kiss at Discovery Park is going to win bonus points from any nature lover.
07 of 09
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Bellevue Botanical Garden has 53 acres of botanical beauty, from picturesque gardens to wetlands and woodlands. In summer months, there are live performances perfect for an evening out together. In the winter, the lights display here is unique, focusing not on Christmassy displays, but on flowers and natural scenery.
08 of 09
Washington Park Arboretum
Yet another amazing park for a kiss is Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre botanical garden adjacent to UW. The park is large with many places to have a quiet moment with a significant someone—a picnic, a walk or even paddle around the lake in a kayak. Within the park bounds is Seattle’s Japanese Garden, which is not large, but if you like some serenity with your kisses, then this is the place for you.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
During the winter, Christmas lights (LINK) displays pop up all around the Puget Sound—most of which are outdoors. Buy a hot chocolate and stroll the pathways of Woodland Park Zoo, Bellevue Botanical Garden or Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, all decked out in twinkly lights. The atmosphere is perfect for winter romance.