Despite being a city, Seattle works hard to remember the importance of green spaces. It helps when your city’s backdrop is a mountain range to the east and the west. The Seattle Parks and Recreation manages over 485 parks, but the following are the most beautiful.
This 220-acre watershed comprises a forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, a beach, approximately six miles (9.6 kilometers) of walking trails, a salmon-themed play area, and Piper’s Orchard—originally planted around the turn of the century. Forgotten after the Great Depression, a few surviving apple trees were discovered in 1981. Since then, the orchard has undergone rejuvenation. In fact, all of Carkeek Park has undergone restoration—including bringing salmon back to Piper’s Creek—thanks to the tireless work of volunteers. On top of all that the park offers, it happens to have an incredible view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 684 0877
Olympic Sculpture Park is part of the Seattle Art Museum, along with the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park (see above). It’s essentially an open-air museum on Elliott Bay with the Olympic and Cascade mountains as the backdrop—in other words, beauty surrounded by more beauty. The park is free and open to the public year-round, including free tours. Panaderia is a pop-up café at the park, providing your taste buds with culinary treats. Indoor and outdoor facilities are available to host events for 10 to 350 people.
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 654 3100