Walking is an easy way to get some healthy fresh air as well as some quick exercise. Bonus: our city has so many great places to walk! We’ve listed a couple of our favorite sites for a morning, afternoon, or evening stroll.
Workday Rejuvenation Route
Amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown, it’s easy to forget to stop and smell the roses – or conifers, as is often the case in our neck of the woods. On the far north end of downtown’s waterfront lies Myrtle Edwards Park, an often overlooked stretch of greenery which offers a 1.25-mile path that starts at Alaskan Way and Broad Street and winds north along Elliott Bay. For anyone who works downtown, this out-and-back route offers the perfect place to unwind and take in some views during a lunch break or after work. Watch the sun set behind the Olympic mountains after punching out for the day, or check out the views of Olympic Sculpture park while you enjoy your midday soup and salad. This relatively flat, meandering path is perfect for walkers of all fitness levels.
Central Seattle Four-Park Loop
Starting at 19th Ave and E Yesler Way, this loop borders four different parks, providing a great mix of natural and urban vistas. Head east on Yesler Way, passing by many tree-lined streets and few local shops. At 31st Ave, turn right – Frink Park should be on your left-hand side. Take a right at S Judkins St, following it west until you can take the trail north through Judkins Park and Playfield. Follow the trail north to 20th Pl S, then take the trail through Lavizzo Park to S Washington St. Head west one block to Pratt Park, and use the park’s west-bound trails to head back to 19th and E Yesler. There are a few moderate hills along this 2.7-mile route.