We're in for rain and darkness in Vancouver for the next few months. This is great news for those of us who like to be cozy at home but bad news for those who need green things, fresh air and warmth. There's a hidden garden near Vancouver that makes the ultimate weekend road trip destination, especially on those gloomy rainy days where there's not much else to do.
Imagine escaping the rain and being transported to a tropical garden, or breathing in the warmth of the desert. That's what you'll get to do at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, Washington just three hours south of Vancouver.
If you've been wanting to squeeze in a Seattle road trip, there's no better time than now to see this dreamy hidden garden. Whether you're heading to Seattle to shop, fill up on junk food you can't get in Vancouver, or you want to see something new and unusual — this place has to be on your list.
The garden has a gorgeous Victorian-inspired greenhouse made of glass. Inside, you'll find a plant-lovers paradise. It's the perfect way to get some facetime with nature and it will make you want to head to the plant shop when you get back to Vancouver.
There are so many plants inside that you'll fall in love with this place instantly. From ferns and palms to cacti and orchids, there's something for every plant lover. Plus, two of the plants in the garden are both over 75 years old so this place has a deeply rooted heritage you can feel.
While you're in Seattle and if you're really crazy about plants, then you also have to check out the giant botanical paradise that is the Amazon Spheres.
The main entrance of the garden is an original part of the building and it dates back to 1912. It's a stunning piece of living history that looks great for the 'gram. Be sure to put this place on your list the next time you head to Seattle, but we know you'll probably make the trip just to see this spot.
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Price: $4 admission
Address: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: Wander through this magical plant garden and refresh both your soul and your Instagram feed.