Today we’re embarking on a slightly morbid tour of Seattle, visiting some landmarks of famous icons who walked the streets of Seattle and whose legacies live on in the city today.
The first, and probably best known, stop on this tour is Viretta Park/Kurt Cobain’s house. Kurt Cobain is one of the most iconic musicians to emerge from Seattle’s grunge scene in the 90’s. Nirvana is one of my favorite bands of all time, so this was a must-visit spot on my list.
Located in Lake Washington, Viretta Park sits right next to the home once owned by Cobain, which is also where he sadly passed away. The house itself is very private, but you can catch a glimpse of it from the park, where a bench stands to memorialize Cobain. This is a beautiful area to drive through, and Viretta Park is a great tribute to such an iconic artist.
The next two stops on our tour are all about Jimi Hendrix, another famed Seattle musician. First up is the Jimi Hendrix Memorial, located in Greenwood Memorial Park. Hendrix’s actual grave in Greenwood Memorial Park is very simple, so the memorial serves as a place for fans to remember the artist and pay tribute to him.
Another stop for Jimi Hendrix lovers is his statue, located on Broadway Street in downtown Seattle. The statue depicts him playing the guitar, and is a beautiful reminder of his work and the impact he had on Seattle’s music scene.
Last up, we’re heading to another cemetery to see the graves of Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon. Their graves are located side-by-side in Lake View Cemetery, a beautiful spot in the heart of Seattle. I had no idea before visiting the graves that the Lee family had any connection to Seattle, but I learned Bruce lived in Seattle for several years. During his time in Seattle, he took classes at the University of Washington and began teaching martial arts in Chinatown.
Although the father and son’s passings were unfortunate and untimely, it is comforting to know their final resting places are together in a beautiful spot.
If you visit any of these places, I encourage you to do so respectfully, considering that these were not just celebrities, but fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands.