Seattle

The Pacific Northwest receives an infamous amount of rain, which leads to an abundance of lush plant life and natural attractions. This rich greenery is why Seattle has the nickname “The Emerald City” and spring is the perfect season to see it in full bloom.

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The University of Washington Cherry Trees

Photo by @kymberlychase

Historic cherry trees surround the quad at the University of Washington and have long signified the coming of spring. These cherry blossoms bring a lot of visitors to the school and many call the sight the campus’ trademark attraction. They were originally given as a gift by the mayor of Tokyo in 1912 and you can even follow them on Twitter: @uwcherryblossom.

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The City’s Best during Seattle Restaurant Week

Photo of Bouillabaisse at All Water Seafood by David Chan

Hungry travelers and locals flock to over 165 restaurants throughout Seattle and surrounding areas for restaurant week. This special period in early April allows patrons to sample a three-course menu for a discounted price of $35. Whether you’re craving steaks, seafood, or spicy Szechuan, there’s a restaurant for your appetite. Please note that these deals are only available from Sunday through Thursday and the price doesn’t include tax or gratuity. For more information and a list of restaurants, visit the official site here.

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The Wind at West Point Lighthouse

Photo by @starheart.photography

The West Point Lighthouse, also known as Discovery Park Lighthouse, is at the northwest tip of Seattle and the top of Elliott Bay. It began operations in 1881 with a kerosene lamp, became a historic place in 1977, and underwent a restoration in 2009. At the lighthouse and the surrounding park, you can enjoy awe-inspiring views of Puget Sound and watch for 270 species of birds. The trails can be challenging, so the elderly and small children should take the shuttle from the visitor’s center. For more information, visit its official website via the Seattle Parks and Recreation department.

HEAR

The Cheers at T-Mobile Park

Photo by David Chan

Formerly known as Safeco Field, the stadium was named T-Mobile Park in December 2018 and is home to the Seattle Mariners. Because of the city’s weather, it boasts a retractable roof to protect its spectators. Along with the new name, the 2019 home season will also feature new food and beverage options such as Li’l Woody’s burgers and Fat’s Chicken and Waffles. Should baseball not be your thing, the Seattle Sounders soccer league plays right next door.

SMELL

The Flowers at Pike Place Market

Photo by David Chan

Walking by the flowers at Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a soothing experience. Hundreds of fresh-picked flowers welcome visitors with their fresh scent and bright colors. They’re affordable, too, due to the number of vendors and plentiful supply. During Mother’s Day weekend, there’s a flower festival where even more vendors come out showcasing their tulips, daffodils, peonies, and other floral bouquets. Check out the countless things to do at Pike Place on their website and don’t forget to stop and smell… the flowers!