Washington is called “The Evergreen State,” but if you really want to catch a glimpse of the amazing greenery of this beautiful state, you must visit the Emerald City. Washington's Seattle city has some wonderful gardens/parks that feature amazing plants in glorious shades of orange, yellow, gold, and red each autumn. With millions of annual visitors who come here to get a spectacular view of the gorgeous renaissance of nature, Seattle can be called the city of gardens as it features hundreds of striking gardens. Here's a checklist of some magnificent fall foliage hot spots, worthy of some 'oohs' and 'wows' that are perfect when you visit Seattle on your weekend private yacht charter getaway.
## Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden
The beauty of the Washington Park Arboretum is remarkable. It is a spectacular urban green space located on the shores of Lake Washington. Situated on the east of downtown Seattle, the park boasts 30 acres of woodlands, gardens, wetlands, and walking trails. This public park offers many beautiful locations for picnicking or relaxing. Japanese Garden is naturalistic woodland at the south end of the Washington Park. The Japanese Garden hosts a Maple Viewing Festival each year that showcases blazing foliage and features traditional musical performances. This year the festival will be celebrated from October 15 - 16, 2016.
## Kubota Garden in South Seattle
Situated in South Seattle on a stunning 20-acre landscape, Kubota Garden perfectly blends concepts of Japanese garden with North American materials and native Northwest plants. Founded by Fujitaro Kubota in 1929, the garden became a city park in 1987. The Garden features a spectacular setting of hills interlaced with streams, waterfalls, and Japanese bridges. Take a stroll through the Kubota Garden to enjoy the serenity of this gem.
## Discovery Park (and the West Point Lighthouse)
Known as the most beautiful photography hot spot in Seattle, Discovery Park is a great location to take pictures of Mt. Olympia as well as Mt. Rainier. You can enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound and listen to the waves lapping up onto the shore. With miles of protected beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, and open meadow lands, Discovery Park is a place of tranquility away from the fast pace of the city.
## Woodland Park
Woodland Park is a 90.9-acre public park in Phinney Ridge and Green Lake neighborhoods of Seattle. Woodland Park consists of a picnic area, trails, a miniature golf range, horseshoe pits, lawn bowling, and a zoo. Woodland Park Zoo boasts many varied types of wildlife including the western coyote, barred owl, red eared slider, American goldfinch, American robin, Anna's hummingbird, northern flicker, Oregon junco, rock dove, spotted towhee, and much more. Woodland Park is a great place to visit and hang out with friends and or family.
## South Seattle College Arboretum
It is a 6-acre arboretum and botanical garden located at the north end of South Seattle College campus in Seattle. SSC Arboretum features different gardens such as Acer Garden, Coenosium Rock Garden, Mert & Beth Dawley Fern Garden, Mabel Davis Memorial Garden, H. C. Erickson Garden, Anna C. Mason Garden, Helen Sutton Rose Garden, Sequoia Grove, and Milton Sutton Dwarf Conifer Garden to name a few.
## Golden Gardens Park
This park offers a rugged coastline to stroll in the evening, hiking opportunities through forest trails, sunbathing on sandy beaches, and fishing from the pier. Located in Ballard on Puget Sound, the park is always packed with beach-goers enjoying the sun, sand and stunning views. Try sailing, kayaking, canoeing, kitesurfing, and sailboarding during your visit to the Golden Gardens Park.
Seattle is bursting with greenery and beautiful gardens. These are a few of the hidden gems of the Emerald City. Be sure to take down the names of these beautiful parks and gardens so that you may make plans for your next weekend trip while on your private yacht charters Seattle excursion during the wonderful fall season.