When it comes to finding spectacular fall colors, we know New England can’t be beat. But believe it or not, there’s plenty to see right here in the Pacific Northwest. From vibrant reds and oranges to brilliant golds and yellows, click through the gallery to see fall foliage hot spots around Seattle as well as a few day (and weekend) trip destinations worthy of some oohs and ahhs.

Bellevue Botanical Garden

A wonderful gem located right in downtown Bellevue, with 53 acres of display gardens, meadows, wetlands and woodlands. The 1/3-mile Lost Meadow loop trail offers picturesque fall color; be sure to also stroll through the Dahlia Garden as flowers should be in full bloom through mid-November (or the first frost). The Botanical Gardens are free and open from dawn to dusk every day.

12001 Main St.
Bellevue, Wa 98005
Online: bellevuebotanical.org

photo: Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Facebook page

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden
  • Discovery Park
  • Kubota Garden
  • Woodland Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Union Bay Natural Area
  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Leavenworth
  • Mount Baker Scenic Byway
  • Mount Rainier

Editor’s Note: If you’re planning on taking a day or weekend trip, call the Washington State Fall Foliage Hotline at 1-800-354-4595, before you head out, for the most up-to-date information. Color changes will vary depending on when and where you go.

Where is your favorite place to take in Seattle’s vibrant fall colors? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy & Allison Ellis