Puget Sound Cam documents the activity in Seattle’s Elliott Bay, which is part of Puget Sound. Through an intricate set of waterways, this “inland sea” runs about 50 miles to the Washington coast and the Pacific Ocean.

Watch Washington State Ferry System wend their way toward Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. A small foot ferry, the Elliott Bay Water Taxi, runs from downtown to West Seattle. Our ferry system is the largest in the world! Giant ocean-going cargo ships, their rectangular containers piled like colorful building blocks, also ply the Sound under the careful direction of squat tugboats.

West Seattle hovers across the Bay. The camera points to the northern tip of Duwamish Head. Just around the bend lies Alki Beach, the site where the original settlers of Seattle—the Denny Party—landed. They lasted one miserable, muddy winter there, then moved to the more habitable Pioneer Square to build a new city.

The Seattle Great Wheel is located on Pier 57 in the heart of Seattle’s downtown waterfront. The 175-foot-tall ferris wheel, with 42 gondolas, opened in the summer of 2012. It has since become a popular tourist attraction and beloved symbol of the city, second only to the iconic Space Needle. The Puget Sound Cam offers dazzling views of the Great Wheel by day, at twilight, and late into the night. 

I hope you will visit the Puget Sound Cam often, for a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening in Seattle’s Elliott Bay.

Also, please check out the Best of the Puget Sound Cam where we archive our favorite photos.

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