3700 East Valley Road
Renton, WA 98055
Phone: (425) 251-9591
Fax: (425) 251-0340
This 16-mile trail system rolls next to the Cedar River through two of King County's southern communities. The trail is a scenic journey through the Renton and Maple Valley areas, including a branch that leads to the Lake Wilderness Park. The trail also comes out near the Boeing plant, and cyclists ride past one of the fields where plant workers build the planes and test various sections. Sections of the trail are paved and a map is available on the Web site.
Washington State Visitor Information at SeaTac International Airport is accessible to travelers as soon as they get off the plane and claim their luggage. Located right in the baggage claim area, the center offers essential information about the city, including hotel and restaurant information. The information booth offers a wide selection of brochures and maps, and the staff happily answers questions and offers advice on where to stay and what to do.
One of the less-known escapes for downtown residents and workers is this little South Seattle park. The trails in the 36-acre park follow a stream through a thickly wooded area and lush canyon that offers a true reprieve from the pressures of the day. A wooden boardwalk stretches over sections of trail and picnickers abound. Many people choose to spend the whole day out here.
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a lovely green space that is truly a treat to the eyes. The well-maintained gardens like Sensory Garden and Seike Japanese Garden further add to its beauty. Visitors can access this park sans any admission price and is open throughout the day.
Des Moines Beach Park provides an excellent opportunity for the entire family to go out and have some fun together. It is a great picnic spot, with its many picnic tables and all the open space that can be used for playing, or maybe just lounging about in the sun. The park is open to the public from 8a to dusk daily; this excludes only the rental facilities. The park affords a fantastic experience of the outdoors, which are only made better by the views of the water.
Burien is a bit off the beaten track for most visitors, and perhaps for good reason, but this enormous 185 acre park, which King County gave to the new city of Burien in 1996, is worth the trip for its diverse array of activities. The many hiking trails cross lushly wooded hills to a stunning two-mile stretch of beach. It is a perfect place to spend a morning if you have an evening flight out of SeaTac.
This lovely park has been preserved in its natural state, and it has changed very little in the past 100 years. Sitting right on the shores of Lake Washington, this is one of the most beautiful parks in Seattle. Free parking is available. Usage and therefore crowds are lower here than in other Seattle parks. You will feel like you are out in the country rather than in the middle of a bustling city. Enjoy bicycling and walking, and enjoy the trees, birds and small animals that live here.
For a taste of some of Seattle's finest brews, head to Big Al's Brewing. With a selection of six year-round beers, as well as various seasonal offerings to choose from, this Old Ballard brewery is sure to satisfy any connoisseur of microbrews. Big Al Brewing offers a tasting room downstairs and a living room-style setting upstairs, so whether you want to get down to business tasting the seasonal ales or lounge with friends while watching the game on tv, this local favorite has you covered.
It's hard to miss the colorful Hat 'n' Boots structure while riding on the Carleton Avenue in Georgetown. Although it is now relocated in Oxbow Park, this eye-catching attraction was once part of a western-themed Texan gas station, built in the 1950s. While the hat served as a shelter for the gas station, the boots were used as washrooms for the cowgirls and the cowboys. Today, you can visit these quirky historic landmarks, which were restored to its original style in 2010.
If you are located on the Eastside, it is time to put your SUV to use and head out to this wonderful Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park,it is a somewhat-neglected park. Its 3,000-plus acres include hikes through old growth spruce, cedar and fir forests. If you are heading out into more remote areas of the park, though, you do need to keep an eye out for local wildlife....the park doesn't have its name for nothing. It opens daily from 8a.
The American dream is alive and well here at Georgetown Brewing Company. Friends Roger Bialous and Manny Chao turned their brewing-in-the-garage hobby into this fixture of the Pacific Northwest beer scene. With five full-time brews and many others on tap, free samples make this the place for beer geeks to nerd out. Not sure which beer is right for you? The friendly staff is there to answer all your questions. Have a lot of questions? Take a Saturday brewery tour and learn how that fine beverage you're holding is made (just make sure to reserve your spot beforehand).
A day at the Enatai Beach Park makes for a wonderful family outing. With several superb picnic spots, both on the beach as well as in the park, Enatai has space to accommodate over 30 families. There are also boat and canoe rentals can be made.