Alki Beach is located about 15 minutes west of Downtown Seattle, and offers a great view of the city, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier. Summer is populated by beach volleyball players, sun worshipers, and beachcombers. The quiet of winter gives way to views of the snowcapped Olympic Mountain range.
Seattle’s history began on November 13, 1851 when settlers known as the “Denny Party” landed at Alki beach which is now West Seattle.
These two dozen settlers optimistically named their first outpost “New York Alki” (by and by), but most relocated to the eastern shore of Elliott Bay the following spring.
West Seattle’s development languished until its annexation in 1907, and the area’s illusory remoteness (it actually lies only a few minutes from downtown by bridge or water taxi) encouraged a more leisurely lifestyle in the Alki area with many summer homes and beach cottages.
Today, Alki beach is a vibrant community composed of those summer homes of old and modern new homes and condominiums.