There’s nothing like summer in the Pacific Northwest. The sparkle of the water, the long sunny days, the beaches to explore and trails to meander down—you should be making the most of the few short months while the sun is consistently out! But, where to go?
We’ve made the decision easy for you. Look no further than Seattle Southside, a playground suitable for every outdoor enthusiast.
The cities of Des Moines, Tukwila, and SeaTac are perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Stroll along a beach, go for a pleasant (or adrenaline-pumping) bike ride, stock up on local produce, or paddle around in the Puget Sound. Check out these top five outdoor experiences to have in Seattle’s backyard:
Explore the Des Moines waterfront from a different perspective; the water! At the Redondo Beach Boardwalk, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are available for rent from the Olympic Outdoor Center. Paddle out into picturesque Poverty Bay for a great workout and an even better view.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can take a longer trip out for an overnight camping stay at Saltwater State Park. But don’t worry if you’re a first-timer, the center offers beginner lessons for those who are still getting their sea legs.
Speaking of Saltwater State Park, this stretch of sandy beach is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the family. Explore the tide pools, cool off in the shallows, hike around the beautiful forested trails, grill out in the picnic area, or even go scuba-diving and peep at the artificial reef teeming with creatures of the Puget Sound. It’s hard to believe all these beautiful natural surroundings are just 30 minutes from the bustle of downtown Seattle.
Take a two-wheeled tour of South King County via the Interurban Trail. This 18.1-mile bike path runs the historic route of the trolley that once connected Tacoma and Seattle. The trolley line fell prey to the growing popularity of cars, but bikers now get to enjoy the flat and tranquil throughway. There are plenty of opportunities to fuel up with some delicious food and drinks along the way, as the trail passes through the commercial areas of Tukwila and Kent.
If the Interurban Trail seems a bit tame for your taste, maybe you’d like your bike ride with a side of adrenaline? The North SeaTac BMX Park is Seattle Southside’s premier destination for this high-speed sport. Hit the track for some casual fun, or try your skills by competing in one of the races hosted there. New riders are welcome, just make sure you check out the requirements for your bike before heading out. And spectating is always free.
Head to Des Moines on Saturdays in June through September to catch the best in local cuisine and crafts. Grab some lunch at one of the many food trucks, then stock up on local fruits, veggies, cheeses, baked goods, and other goodies to meal prep for some seriously good eats through the week. Be sure to leave some time to scope the many artisans present as well (it’s never too soon to get started on your Christmas shopping!).
Ready to plan your trip? Contact the Visitor Center experts at the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority for trip itineraries, restaurant recommendations, hotel reservations, and more! Visit them online at www.seattlesouthside.com or call 206-575-2489.