Spring is finally here and it’s as beautiful as ever! Everything is coming to life and thousands of cherry trees are bursting with lovely pink blossoms all around Seattle. The first sakura trees arrived to Seattle on May 8, 1976. Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, gifted the city a thousand sakura trees in commemoration of the long friendship between the people of Japan and Washington. Now, they can be found all around Seattle and beyond, blossoming from late March through early April. In Japanese, cherry blossom (flower) viewing is called “Hanami”. It is an annual celebration of Sakura and is a reminder to ponder, admire, and celebrate life. I think that’s beautiful. Every year, Seattle holds a Cherry Blossom & Cultural Festival to celebrate Japanese and Japanese-American culture. To learn more about it, visit cherryblossomfest.org.
Without further ado, here’s a list of the best cherry blossom locations in Seattle and beyond.
This location is my absolute favorite. Here you can find trees that bloom in late March, as well as early to mid April.
This one is probably the most well known location for cherry blossom viewing for obvious reasons. I would recommend coming here on weekdays & early mornings to avoid the crowds.
This cherry blossom street right across from Pike Place Market took me by surprise last year. It’s absolutely stunning and is worth checking out even on a gloomy day.
This single cherry tree blooms pretty early and is located at the Don Armeni Boat Ramp. It’s a good spot to admire the Seattle skyline under these beautiful blossoms.
This part of the Green River Trail is absolutely stunning and is already in full bloom (mid-late March). You won’t regret coming here for a walk or a run on a beautiful spring day.
These are late bloomers (early to mid April) and have plenty of open grass areas to sit and enjoy the lovely sakuras.
I’m really not sure what kind of blossoms are these but they’re beautiful and are definitely worth a visit. Preferably for sunrise or sunset. 🙂
This is a residential street in Seattle so please be mindful and respectful if you choose to see it for yourself.
Last year, I accidentally discovered that the streets of Olympia, especially around Washington State Capitol, are incredibly beautiful and filled with these gorgeous cherry blossoms.
This beautiful cherry tree is located in Madrona Park and perfectly frames the view of Bellevue skyline across the Lake Washington.
This location has only a few trees but they are very uniquely beautiful and I would highly recommend checking them out.
Perfect cherry blossom tree for a picnic. This is a sunrise side so I would recommend coming here in the morning.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my list of cherry blossom locations in Seattle and beyond. As I continue exploring more locations this spring and future springs to come, I will make sure to keep adding them to this list.