1850 SE Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98057
Phone: (425) 226-7600
Fax: (425) 277-6315
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy hours of delight and discovery at this innovative hands-on museum for children and families designed to engage kids from infancy to age ten. KidsQuest is a unique place for fun and exploration. Art, science, technology and daily life experiences are integrated in world-class exhibits with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest.
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.
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.
Located just a few miles east of Seattle in the city of Bellevue is the Bellevue College which enrolls close to 37,000 students each academic year. The 3rd largest educational institution in the state of Washington, this college is known for its all-inclusive nature, and welcomes students from more than 65 countries. Check website for more information on the courses, degrees and programs offered.
Seattle Washington Temple is a stunning temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) located in Bellevue. It is the 19th active LDS church. It is adorned with a prominent single spire and its height was reduced due to its nearness to Bellevue Airfield. The church's building is a spectacle of grandeur. Besides its regular services, the church also conducts the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as also talks and Bible sessions. Check the website for service timings and more.
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.