Olympic Sculpture Park
This nine-acre waterfront spread is arguably the most gorgeous addition to the Seattle Art Museum (it even outshines the recently renovated main museum, about a mile away). The park zigzags through different Northwest landscapes—a grove of quaking aspen and Oregon irises, meadows of waving grasses and native wildflowers, shoreline with pine and dune grass, and a valley of dogwoods and Douglas fir. Scattered through each area is sculpture that ranges from whimsical (the giant sleepy-lidded eyes by Louise Bourgeois that can be used as benches) to grand (Richard Serra’s Wake, which incorporates a series of curving, 14-foot monoliths in oxidized steel).
Tip: The park’s best photo op is of Alexander Calder’s Eagle, a swooping red steel behemoth with the Space Needle right behind it.
Admission: Free. PACCAR Pavilion Visitor Center closed Monday.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.