One of the wonderful things about living in the Pacific Northwest is all of the places you can visit that have a natural beauty. These gardens host hidden splendor for you to explore in locations ranging from the shore of the ocean's expanse to the quiet peace of the mountains.
You may have heard of tiptoeing through the tulips. At Meerkerk Gardens in Langley, you can run through the rhododendrons! You can also leisurely stroll through the ten acres of gorgeous white, pink, red, & purple blooms, pass by magical ponds and stately trees. See if you can find the "secret garden" in the woods!
Fine art and nature seamlessly connect in Matzke Sculpture Park on Camano Island, a 10-acre outdoor gallery. As you follow the peaceful trails you'll come upon 3-D sculptures made of iron, stone, bronze, glass, and wood that rest in harmony with the evergreens and NW fauna.
Near the Washington State Ferry terminal, you can enjoy a picturesque hike on the Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor Trails in Anacortes. Guemes Channel Trail is a paved road with superb views of the island of the same name. The Ship Harbor Trail is partially made up of boardwalk, borders a sandy beach and takes you through wetlands. (click here for directions)
At Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon, be sure to allow a lot of time to explore the number and variety of paths for hikers, bikers, runners, and walkers! You'll also want to have your camera ready because the Pickering and North Viewpoints offer breathtaking, 360-degree views of Skagit Valley!
Centennial Trail starts in Arlington and connects it with the historic small towns of Snohomish and Lake Stevens. The 30-mile, paved path is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a snack and take in the beautiful scenery at the picnic tables and benches placed along the way.
When you're looking for a reason to get out of the house, the office and the city, stop by one of these incredible locations to help refresh yourself and enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.