Seattle Japanese Garden Photo: Denise Lett/Alamy Stock Photo

Walk in the Park

Seattle Japanese Garden Photo: Denise Lett/Alamy Stock Photo

Slow down and take in the city’s sights on one of these four local strolls.

For The Adventurer: Seward Park

There aren’t many areas where you can walk among old-growth forest and still remain firmly within city limits, but the Emerald City is an exception. Seward Park sports several paths weaving through the woods, and the on-site Audubon Center hosts a variety of guided walks, including the nighttime Owl Prowl. 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S

For The Art Aficionado: Olympic Sculpture Park

Culture and nature merge at this outdoor installment of the Seattle Art Museum. The nine-acre park with wide walking paths sits on the waterfront, setting larger-than-life sculptures like Alexander Calder’s abstract The Eagle and Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s ethereal Echo against a backdrop of sweeping Puget Sound views. *2901 Western Ave

For The Arborist: Washington Park Arboretum

Featuring a maze of trails, the Washington Park Arboretum might feel a bit like a secret garden, but no matter what route you take, you’re bound to stumble upon gorgeous flowers, rare plants, and impressive landscaping. Don’t miss the 3.5-acre Seattle Japanese Garden, open March to November. 2300 Arboretum Dr E

For The Athlete: Burke-Gilman Trail

Winding through a number of Seattle’s northern neighborhoods, this 18-mile paved trail is a popular biking path, but walkers and joggers are welcome, too. Start a stroll in Ballard near Golden Gardens for particularly scenic beach views before continuing on to Fremont beside the Fremont Cut and Wallingford’s Gas Works Park. burkegilmantrail.org

 

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