Spring is a funny time in the Pacific Northwest. Locals begin breaking out their shorts and sandals the moment temperatures hit the mid 50’s (What?! We’ve been waiting all winter for this!). Seattleites truly relish the spring and summer seasons, and even argue that the Pacific Northwest is the most beautiful place in the world when the sun is shining. Here are 7 reasons why we LOVE spring in Seattle:
1. After a long winter, we exhale a sigh of relief when we see the spring blooms and flower buds. This is the surest sign that warmer weather is on its way! There are many noteworthy places to take in the sights of spring in Seattle—however the gorgeous cherry blossom trees at the University of Washington are hard to beat!
2. Another great spot to visit is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon. It is located about an hour north of Seattle, but well worth the drive. Colorful tulips as far as the eye can see!
3. Though sunshine isn’t guaranteed in the Pacific Northwest, during the spring we can finally look up and say “what is that big yellow thing in the sky?” more often than the winter. Sunshine brings out the beauty of Seattle with clear views of the mountains and sun beams sparkling off the water. Let’s not forget that we can finally begin replenishing our vitamin D levels!
4. One of the coolest and most adventurous spring time opportunities this area offers is whale watching! The season begins in mid to late spring and lasts through October. We recommend visiting our friends at San Juan Safaris for your greatest chance at sighting the majestic orcas in their natural habitat!
5. When the weather warms up and the sun begins making more frequent appearances, conditions are perfect for getting outside and active at beautiful spots like Discovery Park. You can run, bike, or walk through trails stretching across 534 acres of forest groves, tidal beaches, sea cliffs, sand dunes, and meadows—all in one place! Catch gorgeous views overlooking the Puget Sound, as well as the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges.
6. “Spring in Seattle” can be defined as watching the Mariners play at Safeco Field while stuffing your face with garlic fries. Really, check the dictionary. Our baseball team’s home opener is on April 10th vs. the Astros, which is the true mark of spring.
7. Exploring the city’s parks, like Gas Works Park, is another way to make the most of spring time in Seattle. This grassy park looks straight out onto Lake Union with magnificent views of the skyline. Gas Works was formerly the site of the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, but now exists as a recreation area with old and impressive gasification structures. You can catch a great view of this park if you are on a Duck! Other notable parks include Alki Beach Park, Volunteer Park, and Golden Gardens Park.
Seattle comes out of hibernation mode as spring time approaches, and we can’t wait to see people bustling around the streets again. If you get the chance, catch a Duck tour to kick off the season!