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Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, Washington

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  • Paddlers out on the sound with views of the Olympic Mountains.- Alki Beach
  • Alki Beach with Elliott Bay and Queen Anne in the distance.- Alki Beach
  • Alki Trail adjacent to Alki Beach.- Alki Beach
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  • Alki Beach with Elliott Bay and Queen Anne in the distance.- Alki Beach
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  • Alki Beach Bathhouse. No longer a "bathhouse."- Alki Beach
  • Alki Beach Picnic Shelter.- Alki Beach
  • Clear waters at Alki Beach.- Alki Beach
  • Southwestern end of Alki Beach Park.- Alki Beach
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Seattle's largest beach. Sand volleyball courts. Views of the Olympic Mountains.
Cons: 
Summer crowds. Very limited parking.
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Region:
Seattle + Tacoma Metro Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Without a doubt Seattle's most popular beach, Alki has all the charm of an idyllic vacation destination and all the convenience of a local beach.

This 0.6-mile stretch of beach in West Seattle between Alki Point and Duwamish* Head is not only the most relaxed setting in the city, but its also the original landing site of the Denny Party, the first European settlers to the city in 1851. Here, Chief Seattle greeted the party and helped them through the winter before they ventured to their final settlement on the eastern shore of Elliott Bay. Today, a monument in Alki Beach Park commemorates the historic event.

Beyond simply hunkering down in the sand and enjoying the views of the Olympics, Alki Beach** is a summer mecca for beach volleyball, bicycling, jogging, and strolling along the Alki Trail. The beachfront park includes a bathhouse built in 1911 that now functions as an art studio, public restrooms, picnic tables and fire pits, and an extensive lawn along the park's southwestern end.

* "Duwamish," meaning "many-colored river," comes from the Chinook word "duwampsh."

** Alki Beach was the first designated municipal beach on the west coast.

Note: Bike rentals (four-wheeled, tandem, and conventional) are available at Wheel Fun Rentals. Call 206.932.2035 for details.

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