Spot the seasonal changes in Seattle
Travellers can expect colours of red, orange and yellow in Seattle throughout the Autumn season. Beginning to transform in mid-to-late September, colours are at their most vibrant in October and November. Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte from the Starbucks capital of the world, wrap up warm and discover autumn in these beautiful spots in the Emerald City.
Washington Park Arboretum
Running along Lake Washington, this natural attraction has 230 acres of unique plants. Washington Park Arboretum is free to visit and is home to some of the best walking trails in the city where the changing seasons can be enjoyed. Also, home to the Seattle Japanese Garden, visitors can see Japanese style landscape installations at the Arboretum.
Boasting 534 acres of land, Discovery Park is Seattle’s biggest and boldest park. Overlooking the Puget Sound, the park has plenty of offerings for autumn visitors including panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. For travellers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Discovery Park offers moments of tranquillity in its open meadows, forest groves, streams and saltwater beach
Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Bellevue
Made up of 53 acres, Bellevue Botanical Gardens has several small gardens, each with their own unique character. Revel in the last blooms of summer and the ever-changing leaves of autumn at Bellevue Botanical Garden whilst smelling the brown sugar from the Katsura trees and witnessing the new colours on the maples. Guests can also partake in guided tours or visit the interactive garden which educates through digital plant identification which can be accessed via smartphone.
Mount Rainier National Park
Any season is amazing at Mount Rainier National Park but autumn is a particularly special time to visit. Just a two hour drive from the city, the scenic route offers once in a lifetime views of the Pacific Northwest. Set sights on the stunning mountain teamed with colourful valleys and waterfalls. At 14,410ft, Mt. Rainier has more than 130 trails to explore on foot, ranging from easy to challenging, but all with scenic autumnal views.
Taste a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the original Starbucks
Nothing says autumn like a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. What better way to soak up the new season than enjoying one from the very first Starbucks. Located at Pike Place Market, the store is a central hub for coffee and gastronomy and has been serving Seattleites since 1971. After grabbing a coffee, travellers can discover the fresh, seasonal produce on display at the Market.