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Alki is the name of the beach and neighborhood surrounding the northern edge and northwestern tip of West Seattle. Alki is considered the birthplace of modern Seattle. The Denny party landed on the shores of Alki beach when they first arrived in the area in 1851, intent to establish a city in the region. The name is reported to mean “by and by” in the native Indian Chinook language. And it served as a prediction that this new settlement would one day rival New York City. While a permanent modern town was not established in the Alki area until much later, the neighborhood is still remembered as Seattle’s historic starting point.
Over time Alki became a quaint seaside resort town lined with beach cottages. Alki still brings visions of warmer beach climes, but the cottages are rapidly disappearing. Apartments, condo buildings and million dollar homes now stand tall, grabbing much more of the view and the beachfront than the cottages before them. While inexpensive beachfront is history, view properties are still abundant throughout Alki and the other West Seattle neighborhoods. Best of all, even residents of the smallest land-locked home in Alki have beach access and the best views around just a few steps away at Alki Beach Park – 2.5 miles of sun, sand, and Sound.
Although the resort lodges and amusement center are long gone, a visit Alki still can feel like a vacation. Residents and tourists flock to Alki to participate in a wide variety of beach and water activities. A water taxi can bring you from downtown Seattle to Seacrest Park. From there you can catch a bus or follow a scenic beachpath to the center of Alki’s commercial area with fun shops and tasty restaurants facing the beach. Salty’s, with its unbeatable view, is considered by many to be the best spot in Seattle, or even the nation, for a romantic date or a weekend brunch. Alki Kayak Tours offer rentals or group tours through the Sound and along the coast past the Alki Point Lighthouse and Alki’s own Statue of Liberty.
Of course the beach can also just be a place to relax and enjoy the company of friends. Beaches are perfect for festive gatherings and Seattle’s annual city-wide party, Seafair, doesn’t begin until the Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach and throw their festival-opening beach bash.
Find a beach crib of your own in Alki. There might not be more sunny days here, but sunny days on Alki are the best in town!