All that rain in Emerald City brings forth something gorgeous come spring. While folks flock to D.C. to catch some sakura in action, there's another Washington that's pretty popular for the pink flowers too. If you're looking for a spring-fling with nature, here's an epic map of cherry blossoms in Seattle.
Just like we can't wait for the warm weather season, the flowers seem a little impatient too. This year, the blooms are expected earlier, between March 14 and April 5, 2020. Some of them are already in bloom and we're not complaining.
Here's a list of Seattleites' favorite spots to walk among (and pose with) the posies, and to indulge in some "Hanami" or the custom of viewing cherry blossoms, a reminder to celebrate life.
The Quad at the University of Washington
Address: Pierce Ln., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: Imagine rows upon rows of the towering trees bursting forth with the fragrant flowers. Some of them are as old as 86! These blooms are so popular, that there's a Twitter handle where you can follow their journey.
Washington Park Arboretum
Address: 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: If you're a flower person, this is where you'll want to be. There's plenty of other blossoms like azaleas and magnolias in the mix. There's also a Japanese garden that hosts tea ceremonies.
Address: 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: There are over 300 acres of lush forests, biking trails, and even a shoreline to explore. Pack a picnic to lunch under some of the earliest cherry blossoms in town.
Address: 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: The park's paths were inspired by the Olmstead brothers (the very guys who designed New York's Central Park) and is lined with the flowering trees. You can golf, bowl or just picnic by the Duwamish River.
Address: 650 S. Main St., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: Nestled in the International District, this park is named for Kobe, Japan, one of Seattle's International Sister Cities. They also gifted the Mt. Fuji cherry trees you see adorning this spot. If it's a sunny day, you'll also get a good view of Mount Rainier from here.
Address: 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: Thanks to the 1,000 trees we were gifted by Japan, this spot celebrates a free Cherry Blossom Festival (April 24 to 26 this year) — the oldest of its kind in the Northwest. Plus, all of the flowers are for your viewing pleasure.
Green Lake Park
Address: 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: You can stroll through a 2.8-mile stretch lined with the pink flowering trees. It's also a great spot for a run, to rent out a pedal boat with your boo or to bird-watch.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and don't pluck the flowers.