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Traffic Alert: East Lake Washington Blvd closed all weekend on May 29-June1 and June 5-June 8. See the SR 520 page or WSDOT traffic alert page for full details.
(click for directions) 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98105
Take the N.E. 45th Street exit. Drive east on NE 45th for approximately one mile. You will pass the University of Washington and come down a viaduct. At the stoplight at the bottom of the viaduct, turn left to stay on N.E. 45th Street. At the next stoplight (5-way intersection), turn right onto Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Continue to the bend in the road where Mary Gates Drive becomes N.E. 41st St. The center is on your right. NHS Hall and Isaacson Hall are in the first complex of buildings. Douglas Classroom is in the greenhouse.
Metro bus routes 25, 65, and 75 stop at NE 45th and Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Route 67 stops at NE 45th and Montlake Boulevard. Not sure which one you need? Use Metro's Trip Planner to get here.
Cyclists are welcome on Wahkiakum Lane, the main path that runs through the Union Bay Natural Area -- please note that Wahkiakum is a gravel trail best suited for mountain and touring bikes. This route connects to the University of Washington's E-4 parking lot. You may reach the Burke-Gilman trail by following the pedestrian overpass that crosses Montlake Boulevard next to Hec Ed Pavilion.
Cyclists may also travel along the Burke Gilman past University Village. Turn right at the main crossing on 30th Ave NE/Union Bay Place NE. Follow Union Bay Place and stay straight at the five-way intersection to continue on Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Continue to the bend in the road where Mary Gates Drive becomes N.E. 41st St. The center is on your right.
Take the Montlake Boulevard exit and drive north on Montlake Boulevard. Stay to the right as you cross the bridge and pass Husky Stadium. At the five-way intersection of N.E. 45th and Mary Gates Memorial Drive, turn right onto Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Continue to the bend in the road where Mary Gates Drive becomes N.E. 41st St. The center is on your right. NHS Hall and Isaacson Hall are in the first complex of buildings. Douglas Classroom adjacent to the greenhouse.
Ample parking is available for the public in the lots off 41st Street. The lower lot is reserved for staff.
Metro bus routes 43 and 48 run near the Arboretum. Ask for the McGraw street stop. If you are coming from Madison Street, you can take route 11, get off at Lake Washington Boulevard East, and walk north into the Arboretum.”Several buses coming from the eastside stop at the end of SR-520. Not sure which one you need? Use Metro's Trip Planner to get here.
You can reach Arboretum Drive East from the University District by crossing the Montlake Bridge and following signs for MOHAI and the Arboretum.
Drive east on Madison Street, away from Puget Sound. Follow it through Capitol Hill and the Central District into Madison Valley. Turn left on Lake Washington Boulevard. To reach the Graham Visitors Center, follow Lake Washington Boulevard through the Arboreum and stay straight to continue on E. Foster Island Road. Turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center. To continue past the Arboretum toward Montlake Boulevard, follow the road to the left and stay straight at the three-way intersection with the SR-520 offramp.
Take exit 168 for SR-520 East/Bellevue-Kirkland. Merge onto SR-520 and take the first exit, Montlake Boulevard. Continue straight through the signal. Take a slight right at E. Lake Washington Boulevard, then a slight left at Lake Washington Blvd. E. Turn left onto E. Foster Island Road at the stop sign, then turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center.
After crossing Lake Washington, take the first Seattle exit onto Lake Washington Boulevard S. Turn left off the ramp. Take the next left onto E. Foster Island Road. Turn right onto Arboretum Drive East to reach the Graham Visitors Center.
Parking is available for the public in several areas. Access large lots at the Graham Visitors Center and the Japanese Garden.
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Wednesday, 20-May-2015 09:56:09 PDT