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Emma Way
Mar 24, 2023 - Things to Do

"Love Is Blind" Season 4 takes on Seattle. Follow along with Bingo

The pods are now open. Photo courtesy Netflix

Season 4 of "Love Is Blind" — featuring singles from Seattle — is out now on Netflix.

The big picture: The popular reality show aims to pair up singles based on a deeper connection that's based on personality, not looks.

Good places to teach kids bike riding in Seattle

A small child in a lime green helmet straddles a bike on a gravel path, with trees and houses in the background.
Even beginner bike riders can handle the terrain at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

Taking a toddler bike riding in Seattle can be a treacherous proposition, between the hills, the rain and the traffic.

  • Fortunately, in response to my question a few weeks ago, Axios Seattle readers came through with several good suggestions for places to take a small child who is learning to ride a bike.
Melissa Santos
Mar 22, 2023 - News

Plan your optimum UW cherry blossom visit

Cherry trees in bloom

Cherry trees in bloom on the UW campus. Photo: Courtesy of the University of Washington

If you are planning to check out the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington this year, a new website can help you plan your ideal visit.

What's happening: The UW has unveiled an online cherry blossom visitor's guide that features updates on the trees' current state of bloom, as well as campus maps and transit directions.

Readers' picks for Seattle's best parks

A path winding through Kubota Garden.

Kubota Garden is pretty year round. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

After Gas Works Park recently got a nod as one of the country's best urban green spaces, we asked Axios Seattle readers if they had other Seattle parks they thought should make the list.

  • Turns out, they had loads of suggestions! And it reminded us of just how many great parks Seattle has to offer. Here are readers' top picks.

Washington state's most underrated (and less crowded) parks

The moon rises behind a majestic mountain.

The moon rises over Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park. Photo: Marli Miller/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

We all know that Washington has some of the most beautiful parks in the country, but some of the more popular ones — like Mount Rainier National Park — can get crowded, especially in the summer when some hiking trails can almost feel like freeways.

Luckily there are some underrated and lesser-known parks worth exploring.

Where to see cherry blossoms in and around Seattle

Cherry trees in bloom in front of a state capitol building

Cherry blossoms in bloom at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia on March 22, 2022. Photo: Rachel La Corte/Axios

Peak cherry blossom viewing time is approaching, though it could be a bit later than usual due to our colder-than-average temperatures. But that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about day trips to take in these spectacular displays.

Details: There are loads of places in Seattle and the Puget Sound area to check out the blooms in addition to the iconic show at the University of Washington. Here are just a few of our other favorites:

New app helps ID Seattle's feathered friends

A blue crested Steller's jay on a lichen-covered branch

Pacific Steller's Jay on lichen-covered branch. Photo: Ron Reznick/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Seattle hosts a mix of backyard and migratory birds, and a new birding app and social media platform aims to help more people spot them.

Driving the news: Birda helps users identify species, and offers challenges and leaderboards to have fun with other birdwatchers, writes Axios' Deirdra Funcheon.

Amtrak Cascades resumes direct service between Portland and Canada

Am Amtrak train at King Station in Seattle

An Amtrak Cascades train at King Street Station in Seattle. Photo: Courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation

Amtrak is restarting service between Portland and Vancouver, B.C., on its popular Cascades route today.

Driving the news: This marks the first resumption of direct service on that route since the pandemic halted cross-border travel. It also raises the number of daily round trips between Seattle and Canada to four, fully restoring service.


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