Seattle is calling! 6 Must Visit Outdoor Spots that will make you smile
Known for its lush evergreen trees, a lot of rain, and views of the Puget Sound make The Emerald City a place that everyone needs to visit. Seattle has a lot to offer tourists who will see that the outdoors are a daily part of many of the residents who live in and around this huge city. Seattle’s location allows for many great views of the city and surrounding landscape as well as plenty to see within city limits. Check out these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle for your next trip to the Great Northwest.
1. Space Needle
Known as one the most recognizable landmarks in the world, Seattle’s Space Needle draws well over 1 million people each year. Opening in 1962 for the World’s Fair, the Space Needle was created with a futuristic design that made it immediately stand out against the natural background of the area. Tickets are needed to go inside The Space Needle but there are plenty of things to see around the area as well. At over 600 feet tall, The Space Needle offers amazing views from the top which is the only 360-degree view that visitors will see of the city.
2. Pike Place Market
This iconic open-air market is almost as well known as the Space Needle. You’ll find a slew of vendors and artists selling a wide variety of produce, seafood, flowers and artisan items that are native to the area. Make sure to check out the flying fish market that throws your selection to fish mongers before wrapping up fresh halibut, salmon, and crab. You’ll find the fishmongers write underneath the famous Public Market sign that the market is most well known for.
3. Golden Gardens Park
If you are looking for a beach to watch the sunset look no further than Golden Gardens Park. The park consists of 87 acres that are located on the edge of the Puget Sound. You can not only play in the sand and wash your feet off in the cold water but also catch a gorgeous view overlooking the Olympic Mountains. You’ll find plenty of interesting wildlife in the sand, thanks to the low tides, which include sea urchins and crabs. Plenty of sailboats use this area as well making for some great picture worthy opportunities too. If sand isn’t your thing there are trails that canvas the park for those looking to take a sunset walk along the water or through the wetland area on the park’s northern end.
4. Seattle Japanese Garden
The wet and cooler Seattle climate allows for some amazing gardens in the area that are pretty unique. Take for example the Seattle Japanese Garden that is located within the heart of the city. It may be a smaller garden with just a few acres but it definitely packs a punch with its focus on gorgeous Japanese maple trees as well as unique designs and landscapes that feel a world away from the busy Seattle area. The garden was designed with strollers in mind which allows residents and visitors to casually enjoy the surrounding beauty during a casual stroll through the area.
5. Market Theater Gum Wall
Yes, you read that correctly. The Pacific Northwest is known for being a little bit on the weird side and Seattle’s Market Theater Gum Wall is a great testament to that fact. Located in an alleyway underneath Pike Place Market, the gum wall draws locals and visitors alike in seeing the massive amount of gum that have been left by visitors. At one time there was thought to be 1 million pieces of gum on the walls which is enough to impress you or make you gag when you really think about it. The City of Seattle has cleaned the gum wall twice, using a pressure washer and an employee covered in a head to toe hazmat suit, with the most recent cleaning happening in September of 2018. The cleaning occurs to help preserve the actual wall itself but is sure to be covered once again with enough gum to make this a must on your places to visit in
6. Gas Works Park
If you’re looking for some kayaking make sure to definitely check out Gas Works Park located on the north end of the city. This 21-acre park has great water activities as well as plenty of room for lounging in the sun as well as bicycling. The park was built on the site of a gas plant in 1975 and features remnants of the gas plant making this a unique park in the Seattle area. The park includes a 60-foot hill which gives you a great view of the city as well as the water surrounding the park.
Seattle is full of places to visit to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful outdoors. Visit iconic landmarks like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market as well as the infamous Market Theater Gum Wall. Check out the local hiking, botanical gardens, and magnificent views of the city and Puget Sound in both Gas Works Park and Golden Gardens Park. Make sure to stop at these must visit outdoor spots in Seattle the next time you are in the area. For more information about tours visit https://www.taketours.com/seattle-wa/
Sarah Miller is a writer, self-claimed nutritionist, and crossfit junkie. She spends most of her time meal prepping and actively trying to beat personal records in the gym, but always enjoys a meditative walk through a nearby woodland area or near a lake.