3700 East Valley Road
Renton, WA 98055
Phone: (425) 251-9591
Fax: (425) 251-0340
This 14-mile trail is a continuation of the Green River Trail. Though it doesn't have the greenery of some other local trails, you will get to see a good representative portion of South Seattle along this one. It may not be the most beautiful ride in the world, but it is an excellent example of an urban trail and a perfect way to see the local sights. A trail map is available on the Web site.
Just south of Seattle sits this relatively short golf course about 5071 yards. Its string of modest par-four holes won't frustrate even the most inexperienced golfer. Two trickier holes and a sturdy bridge cross the Duwamish Slough on the back nine. The nearby freeway and airport make the course a little noisy. Please call the golf club for more information.
Strap on some skates and hop on the ice! Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you're bound to have a fun time on the ice rink. Visit during a Friday or Saturday night and skate while listening to a live DJ. The ice rink is rather chilly, so make sure you dress in layers so that you won't be cold while sipping hot chocolate and while taking a break or too hot when you're on the rink trying to master skating backwards. If you're not in the mood for this winter sport then buy 20 pitches and work on your swing at their bating cage or pay for a round of golf on their miniature golf course. Kent Valley Ice Centre prides itself on being one of the best family activities in Washington!
This Kent trail, best accessed by way of Gary Grant Park, is perfect for a leisurely bike, inline skate or horse ride. The paved, level path has separate tracks for the two kinds of traffic. Traffic is light enough that there is rarely a crowd. Soos Creek has very lush, green banks, mostly unsullied by pollutants. If business brings you to Kent, bring yourself here to unwind. A map is available at the Web site.
The historic Rainier Golf & Country Club was designed in 1920 by golf architect Bob Collins who truly created a lasting legacy for the people of Seattle. Boasting 18 holes, the course is challenging and exciting for seasoned players however, amateurs don't fare too badly either. Rooms inside the club can be hired for private parties, corporate events and luncheons where you can choose from a succulent range of dishes.
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.
With awesome views and abundant greenery, The Golf Club at Newcastle is one of the prominent golf destinations in the city. The scenic landscape is defined by the spectacular merger of Lake Washington and Mount Reiner. Excellent facilities complete the experience here for golfers in the huge clubhouse, which has throughout-the-year practice facilities. A pavilion, which is a part of the club, is employed for hosting wedding receptions and banquets. Serving great food is also a reason behind their popularity, but the winner here, surely, is the splendid view.
Originally carved out of a naturally wooded area, the Pacific Raceway creates challenging corners and turns rather than a traditional oval shape. Major races and drag races often take place on the track. This venue is a haven for motor racing fanatics, especially for spectators. Call ahead for more details.
Wenatchee River whitewater rafting full day and half day trips are available for beginners to intermediate. The season runs from April to July. On the full day rafting trip, you will enjoy a light snack for lunch before your trip and their Steak BBQ afterwards.
Operated by the Washington Zoological Society, Cougar Mountain Zoological Park is dedicated to the care of threatened and endangered species. You will find many unique creatures here, including the Formosa Sika, the Red-ruffed Lemur and the Hawaiian Nene Goose. You'll see the Cougar, after which the zoo is named. Lectures, outreach programs and camps all occur outside regular hours. Call or check website for details.
Elk Run Golf Club opened in 1989 and has expanded to 18 holes. General improvements make this a top public course. The front nine challenges even low-handicap golfers with sand, water and narrow fairways. The back nine eases up a little. The club welcomes tournaments and offers new restaurant and banquet facilities.
West Seattle may be the most unjustly neglected part of the city, and this park is a case in point. It is unknown even to many residents, but its 68 acres of forest are among the most breathtaking in the area. Visitors should plan a day trip or stay for the night in one of the cabins. Staff naturalists are available for rock climbing classes and interpreted nature walks.