Carving out a large chunk of downtown Seattle, Washington, is the stunning and peaceful frailty of the Washington Park Arboretum. Nestled in the urban diversity of Seattle, the University of Washington’s Botanic Gardens hosts a rarity of nature—similar to Central Park in New York City. The Arboretum features plant life from all around the world, from China and Australia to Chile and New Zealand. In addition, there is extensive space devoted to the Japanese Garden which does include a small fee (the rest of the gardens are free). Besides wandering amongst the flowers there are plenty of tours available, as well as canoe and kayak rentals.