One of the great things about living in Seattle is that, despite being a major city, it has an abundance of green spaces and parks throughout. No matter what part of town you’re in, you are never more than a few blocks from nature and some epic views of the mountains to the east and west of us. Some of these are well known and some only the locals know but each has it’s own unique character.
Green lake: Just over the bridge on the north side is one of the best year round city parks with both walking and cycling trails surrounding the lake. During the summer months you can rent paddle boats to go cruise in style. Another perk is that it’s very dog friendly as well.
Golden Gardens : Located near the Ballard neighborhood is a beach with epic views of the Olympic mountains to the west. Set back from the rest of the area, this is one of the more secluded parks yet it can get crowded in the warmer months.
Kerry Park: If you’ve seen a photo of downtown Seattle featuring the Space needle and Mount Rainer in the background, chances are it was taken from this scenic overlook on the top of Queen Anne Hill. While the park itself is small, it’s a great place to introduce people to the city.
Alki Beach : The true heart of the City, this is where the founders of Seattle first landed in November of 1851 before settling in the area now known as Pioneer Square. This is the place to go and have a bonfire during the summer or simply take a long walk along the waterfront and enjoy some of the unique selection of retail and restaurants. Please note that dogs are allowed on the walking trail but not on the beach itself other than a small portion on the far southwest part of the park.
Cal Anderson: One the top of Capitol hill, one of Seattle’s most colorful neighborhoods, you’ll find Cal Anderson park. This is one of the best places to people watch in Seattle while only sitting only a half block off of Broadway.
Discovery park: The most expansive park in Seattle, this place really pulls you out of the city and lets you get lost in the over 11 miles of trails. Be sure to bring your camera as it’s not uncommon to see Whales in the puget sound and the cliffs on the western point provide a great overlook.
Gas works: With an amazing view of downtown on the shores of Lake Union, this park is both beautiful and surreal. What was once a gasification plant supplying power to the city has been converted into a beloved city landmark that has been able to retain the history by including several buildings from the plant into the park. With several hills, this is one of the best places in the city to have a picnic and fly a kite while watching the activities on the lake.
Please note that this is only a taste of the over 400 parks in the city covering more than 6,200 acres and over 120 miles of trails. No matter what part of the town you’re in, you can always take a 15 minute vacation in nature.
Author:Ky DeWald Phone: 206-409-3570 Dated: January 3rd 2017 Views: 319 About Ky: With a decade of experience, Ky’s background in mortgage, finance, project management, negotiation...
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