Washington State is known for beautiful cherry blossoms, daffodils, tulips and rhododendrons (the State flower). Spring is in full bloom and now is the perfect time to explore local parks, gardens and your own neighborhood for the season’s flowers. Here is a quick list of places to visit throughout the greater Seattle area.
Des Moines Creek Park
With 96 acres of paved and dirt trails for pedestrians and cyclists, the Des Moines Creek Park offers plenty of room to roam in a peaceful Northwest setting. Throughout the park grounds, there are beautiful seasonal flowers, forested hillsides and garden waterfalls.
*2151 S. 200th St., SeaTac, WA.
Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden covers 10.5 acres of display gardens, woodlands and trails reclaimed from a suburban brownfield. One highlight of the garden is a formal rose garden maintained by the Seattle Rose Society featuring more than 100 labeled roses.
*13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA
Mt. Rainier National Park
If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in Pacific Northwest Wildlife, Mt. Rainier National Park is a fun day trip for all ages. The park spans five developed areas - Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon/Mowich - that include campgrounds and picnic areas. Mt. Rainier National Park is known to include species of more than 800 vascular plants, 159 birds, 63 mammals, 16 amphibians, 5 reptiles, and 18 native fish.
*Tahoma Woods Star Route, Ashford, WA
University of Washington Campus
The UW Campus features a grove of 30 mature Yoshino cherry blossom trees that are a total show stopper when they are in bloom every spring. In addition, Washington Park Arboretum’s Azalea Way, located near UW, is another beautiful place to view cherry blossoms throughout the month of May.
*1410 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, WA
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
One of the largest and finest collections of rhododendron species in the world, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden features more than 10,000 rhododendrons in a 22-acre woodland setting. The flowering season in Western Washington begins in early January and continues through late July with the majority of species in bloom from March to May.
*2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held each spring. Hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. The flowers are still in bloom this May!