Volunteer Park is a 43.8-acre park in the center of Seattle. It is home to a beautiful glass, Victorian-style conservatory divided into five display houses: bromeliads, ferns, palms, cacti and succulents. The park also has a wading pool, perfect for a hot summer’s day to beat the heat, as well as several beautiful sculptures throughout the park, including Isamu Noguchi’s Black Sun near the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E Seattle, WA USA +1 206-684-4075
An elegant and tranquil garden in the center of the Washington Park Arboretum, the garden is home to koi carp, Japanese maples, and beautiful formal garden designs. Spanning 3.5 acres, the Japanese Garden is a quiet place to sit and think or walk through for a moment of solitude. Designed and constructed in 1960 by Juki Iida, the project included transporting 500 granite boulders from the Cascade Mountains ranging from 1,000 pounds to 11 tons. The garden also features a Shoseian teahouse donated by the city of Tokyo.
Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E Seattle, WA USA +1 206-684-4725
230 acres of park nestled in Capitol Hill by Lake Washington, Washington Park Arboretum is managed cooperatively by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle. You can find all sorts of plants and trees, from lindens to larches to true ashes. Travel through Cascadia, Australia, China, Chile and New Zealand all in a day by visiting the 12-acre Pacific Connections Garden, which tracks plants along the Pacific Rim, including alpine bottlebrush, which you’d find in Australia in the peatlands of Mt. Kosciusco.
Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E Seattle, WA USA +1 206-543-8800
Also located in Volunteer Park is the Lakeview Cemetery, where the martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and his son are buried, as well as the daughter of Chief Seattle Princess Angeline. The cemetery was founded in 1872 as a Masonic cemetery, and it also includes the Nisei War Memorial Monument dedicated to Japanese American veterans in 1949. It’s worth a visit while walking around Volunteer Park, and has some spectacular views of the Seattle skyline.
Lakeview Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave E Seattle, WA USA +1 206-322-1582
An iconic Seattle music venue since 1991, The Crocodile in Capitol Hill has hosted bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and R.E.M. Today it attracts a range of artists from genres of hip hop to electronic to folk. Artists and bands to play at The Crocodile include Macklemore, Neon Indian, Bombay Bicycle Club, Zola Jesus, and The Head and The Heart. The Back Bar is a cozy place where it serves hot pizza and cold beer and hosts intimate, sweaty local shows when there’s no one playing at the showroom.
The Crocodile, 2200 2nd Ave Seattle, WA USA +1 206-441-4618
A music venue that hosts all sorts of musicians and bands playing genres from indie rock to hip hop to metal, Neumo’s has hosted a variety of artists at its venue, including Muse, M83, Vampire Weekend, Adele, Iron and Wine, and Crystal Castles. The historic Moe’s Mo Roc ‘n Café, which Neumo’s is a reopening of, was the scene where Neil Diamond launched his collaboration with Pearl Jam with a debut of their Mirror Ball album. Moe’s had attracted many bands including Bush, Oasis, and Goo Goo Doll and a free Radiohead concert that created legendary riots.
Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room, 925 E Pike St Seattle, WA USA +1 206-709-9442
A trip to Seattle is incomplete without a stop at a record store. Selling vinyls, cassette tapes, games, and movies, this is the place to get hard copies of all your favorite media. If you like to window shop and browse stores on a whim, Spin Cycle will keep you occupied. It has got an impressive collection of classic punk rock albums and other vinyls, used DVDs and Blu-rays, and a wide variety of games for all sorts of consoles. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and can help you find the most obscure films, music, and other sorts of media if you’re try to track down something nostalgic.
Spin Cycle, 321 Broadway E Seattle, WA USA +1 206-971-0267