Given millions of acres of beautiful green space, it’s no surprise that Seattle is known as the “Emerald City”. There are many of open areas to discover, offering tourists and residents a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest with no need to get very far by car (or even on foot). The following is a selection of the numerous parks and hiking trails that are currently available to visitors around the world.

Alki-Point

Have fun with scenic overlooks of Puget Sound and rolling boats as you shake hands on the golden sand beachside or go through the broad and sweeping trail. Wrap up a lunch or visit one of the numerous cafe, like Blue Moon Burgers and Duke’s Seafood.

Burke Gilman Trail

Jump in at any point along this long cobbled path. Take in picturesque overlooks of numerous aquatic trails, such as Fremont Cut, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Take a lunch break at Ivar’s Salmon House and Fish Bar for tasty seafood.

Discovery Park

As being the biggest municipal park, there is much to discover, amongst them fields, woods and coastal areas. Its location on Magnolia Bluff provides breathtaking panoramic looks over Puget Sound and over both the Olympic and Cascade Mountain chains.

Elliott Bay Trail

Bicycle, strolling or running on the Elliott Bay Trail and experience water features, sand shores, views of hills and sometimes huge architectural features as you go on  the cobbled road through the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Gas Works Park

Take a seat amidst the huge manufacturing facilities of this ancient carburetor factory and observe sailboats, canoes, and floating boats as you sip your drink overlooking the Seattle skyline and Lake Union.

Green Lake Park

the Green Lake is a haven and shelter for humans and pets equally. Watch out for birdies, tortoises as you move along trail that runs alongside the shore of the pond. A wide range of cafés and dining establishments fringe the streets around the park and provide great places to sit down for a lunch or take snacks to accompany you on your stroll.

Lincoln Park

Chicago skyline with skyscrapers viewed from Lincoln Park over lake

Lincoln Park is a varied scenery that is worth exploring. Take the footpath along the waterfront or the wooded ways. If you are not in a hiking spirits, take a seat at a bank or driftwood and take a close up view of the boats that arrive and depart from Fauntleroy Terminal.

Seward Park

Experience the woods, a hiking and biking paths. You can also see the glory of Seward Park from the waters of Lake Washington by kayaking and canoeing around the park.

Volunteer Park

Enjoy the stunning building of the Volunteer Park and the recently restored Asian Art Museum, while trails and wide lawns guide you. Look out for the brightly shaded dahlias, which are in full bloom in summer. To complement your experience, you should plan on discovering the Capitol Hill to see ancient and remarkable Seattle homes.

Washington Park Arboretum

Explore a selection of unique and indigenous plants through a multitude of themed gardens and walkways. Experience the park from a truly unparalleled vantage point when you rent a canoe and travel through the waterways that take you past wetlands’ docks, rivers, bridges and wildlife.

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