The Water Tower at Volunteer Park is pretty unassuming, but climb one of its twin spiraling stairs and you’re in for a treat.
It’s definitely a good workout, with 107 steps to climb. At the top, you’ll encounter my favorite view of Seattle and our picturesque surroundings. At treetop, you will have reached the highest point of Capitol Hill!
On a clear day, you can see a full 360 degree view: downtown, Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains behind the Space Needle, Lake Union and Green Lake to the north, the University of Washington, bridges across Lake Washington, Bellevue and the Cascade mountain range to the east. Finally, lone Mount Rainier to the south, looming large over the whole of Puget Sound.
On a rainy day, many of the mountains will disappear into the clouds, but you’ll still have a roof over your head, benches on which to rest, and a well-earned panoramic hideaway to explore.