Located in the lush region of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is naturally a photogenic city. Being located in this region is a big part of what sets it apart — it’s a modern, visually stunning city set on a backdrop of breathtaking natural landmarks, like Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and Mt. Rainier National Park (among many others). In addition to its unbeatable natural beauty, Seattle visitors and residents alike enjoy the city’s vibrant music and arts scenes. It has a thriving LGBTQ+ community, as well as a great deal of cultural diversity. We’ve compiled a list of ultra-cool Instagram photo ideas in Seattle that’ll give you a sense of what the city has to offer, with plenty of great options for your next photoshoot. By the time you reach the end of this list, you’re sure to feel inspired.
1. A contemporary waterfront houseboat
One of the best, most picturesque aspects of Seattle is its waterfront location. That’s why a photoshoot on this amazingly stylish houseboat is an especially great Instagram photo idea — it’ll take full advantage of Seattle’s proximity to some seriously gorgeous bodies of water. This particular house boat sits right on Portage Bay and includes a deck that’ll allow you to appreciate the location even more.
2. A charming and bright production space with exposed brick and timber
Picture this: an elegant portrait on a dramatically sweeping staircase, surrounded and beautifully lit by the sunlight streaming through an enormous number of windows. Now that’s an Instagram post! You can snap photos like this one — plus many more — at this expansive production space, which is located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. With more than 80 five-star reviews, you can be sure this is a standout destination. Reviewers comment that the space is “absolutely breathtaking,” “open and quiet,” with “lots of light.”
3. A roomy Pioneer Square art gallery
If you’re passionate about visual art, consider a visit to this expansive, three-tiered contemporary art gallery for your Instagram photoshoot. Within its 2,500 square feet is a huge number of artwork that will truly enrich your photos. Plus, high ceilings and large windows ensure that it has a bright, airy feel that we think you’ll enjoy.
4. A breathtaking rooftop deck with lots of photo ops
Of course we can’t forget to include an option that allows you to incorporate the city skyline into your photos! The uniquely Seattle view from this rooftop deck contrasts the urban silhouette of distant buildings with the serene natural splendor of the Cascade Mountains. The view alone makes this an exceptional Instagram photo idea in Seattle.
5. A comfy urban cabin with a nautical flair
Want to get out of the city the easy way? This charming urban cabin the next best option and, honestly, it’s at least as lovely as any cabin in the wilderness that we’ve ever seen. (Not to mention that it’s right there in the city, which makes it exceedingly convenient.) It incorporates striking details like reclaimed cedar ceilings, real vintage doors, a clam wood mantle, and high-end finishes in the kitchen and bath. It’s picturesque beyond belief, and your photos will truly be worthy of Instagram’s #cabinlife tag.
6. A photogenic loft space inside Capitol Hill open-air indoor market
This place is truly distinctive. One reviewer commented, “This is one of the most unique spaces we’ve come in contact with.” Why? It’s a small, private loft space that overlooks Melrose Market businesses below. You’ll be right near the hustle and bustle, but comfortably secluded away from it, which makes for some majorly cozy vibes, as do the library and dark wood surroundings.
7. A posh 40th-floor event space overlooking the downtown area
This is another standout. Honestly, we don’t even have words for how impressive and majestic the view is. You’ll have to take a look at the pictures to really get a sense of it. But we will say that from this event space, you’ll have sweeping, panoramic views of Puget Sound, Lake Union, and the Olympics — right from the heart of downtown Seattle (so it’s really the best of both worlds). Gaze out the huge windows lining the walls, or step out onto the deck for an even better view.
8. An impressive storybook Tudor house with water views
This historic home, built in 1929, is a great destination for some warm, domestic Instagram photos. There are so many inviting features within its 4,550 square feet: a fireplace, vintage leather sling chairs, a high-end kitchen, an eat-in breakfast window, and more. There are also two herringbone brick patios on the loft, one of which has a gas fire pit and overlooks Puget Sound.
9. A rustic space with exposed brick and beautiful wood finishes
This 4,000-square-foot event space on two floors is right in the heart of historic Ballard, and its history shows in all the details. You’ll find gorgeous finishes, exposed brick, marble bar tops, and more — no wonder one reviewer called it a “super nice and classy venue,” while another described it as “a wonderful space” with “lots of ambiance.” (And as an added bonus, this event space donates all their profits to charity, so you’ll be contributing to a good cause.)