Washington Park Arboretum

Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

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This wild and lovely park stretching from Madison Valley up to Union Bay offers a wide variety of gardens, a wetlands nature trail and 200 acres of mature forest threaded by paths. More than 5500 plant species grow within the arboretum’s boundaries. In the spring Azalea Way, a meandering trail that winds through the arboretum is lined with a giddy array of pink- and orange-flowered azaleas and rhododendrons.

Trail guides to the plant collections are available at the Graham Visitor Center. Tram tours (per person $20) are offered April through October, usually on Saturdays. Check online for the full schedule and to make reservations.