Before I even looked at the top nominations Mt. Erie came to mind. Most people drive to the top. There are plenty of places to lay out a blanket on the rock and enjoy an unobstructed view of the sunset as it falls below the San Juan Islands and the Puget Sound. PLEASE be careful - people have died by falling off the rock. You can maintain a very safe distance with a perfect view without going to close to the edge. It is also important to recognize that there are very likely rock climbers on the cliffs that you cannot see from the top. Please do not throw rock off the cliff. I've been hit by rock fall as have several climbing friends. This is sometimes caused by climbers dislodging loose rock or other times by visitors who do not realize that anything that goes over the edge can hurt or kill the people below. If you bring little ones, I strongly recommend a leash. It's easy to run to the edge. I also recommend a camera, a blanket, binoculars would be fun and high expectations. As long as it's a clear day you will not be disappointed. AND this place is open year round often with better weather than surrounding areas due to the rain shadow.
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