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Alaskan Way Viaduct

Alaskan Way Viaduct

When the Alaskan Way Viaduct was built in the 1950’s, it offered a state-of-the art solution to the city’s traffic problems. Since then, it has lost its glow and is set to be replaced by a tunnel in the near future. Whether you love that idea or hate it, you should take some time to appreciate the viaduct before it waves bye-bye forever.

It’s not the prettiest structure to look at, so the best way to appreciate the viaduct is to drive on it. Heading north on the highway puts you on the top deck, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Elliot Bay, all of the downtown skyscrapers, the stadiums, the cruise ship terminals, and the Olympic Mountains. Taking the route at night is equally awe-inspiring with all of the twinkly city lights. Sure, if an earthquake strikes while you’re on it you might be in a bit of trouble, but that only adds to the thrill, right?

Insider’s tip: If you’re picking up visitors from the airport, escort them back into the city via the viaduct. It’s the quickest way to give anyone a tour of Seattle!

Photo credit: Oran Viriyincy on Flickr