Monday, April 7, 2008

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Volunteer Park in Seattle

Ten reasons to visit Volunteer Park when in Seattle.

1. On your way there you'll get to see some of the beautiful Capitol Hill neighborhood with its majestic homes

2. The center piece of the park, the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) designed by local architect Carl F. Gould, to house the original Seattle Art Museum (SAM) when it opened in 1933, is an attractive specimen of Art Deco architecture.

3. SAAM has an impressive permanent collection, as well as often outstanding traveling shows.

4. The view of Seattle Center, with Space Needle, from SAAM's parking lot is breath taking.

5. A stroll through the park is a delight, especially in spring when Rhododendrons are abloom.

6. Jogging around the Reservoir, which is set between trees and acts like SAAM's own miniature lake, gives you ample delights to look at while exercising.

7. Stairstepping will never be the same after you hike up (and down and up and down) the water tower.

8. The Volunteer Park Concervatory located in a delightful Victorian Green House is a must for plant lovers. Lovers of ferns have to see the renovated Fern House.

9. The Park is a perfect peaceful place for a brown bag lunch. Sit beside the wading pool, on the lawns or on one of the benches, and feel what's it's like to live in Seattle.

10. Last but not least, you may catch the sun setting in the heart of Isamu Noguchi's "Black Sun".

Previously publised at hotelsbycity 3/17/2007

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