Comfort Inn Lacey - Olympia
4700 Park Center Ave., N.E.
Lacey, WA 98516
Phone: (360) 456-6300
Fax: (360) 456-7423
4700 Park Center Ave., N.E., Lacey, WA, US, 98516
- Phone: (360) 456-6300
- Fax: (360) 456-7423
Located about 40 minutes south of Seattle, Puyallup Fairgrounds is a 160-acre hub of activity. Along with the annual Puyallup Fair and Spring Fair, the buildings and arenas here host horse shows, car shows, dog shows, antique shows, a Victorian Country Christmas celebration, RV shows, a variety of home and garden events, plus private parties, company events and weddings.
Located just south of Seattle in Federal Way, Rhododendron Species Foundation Botanical Gardens devoted to rhododendrons and azaleas is a must for flower lovers. The garden features over 450 species from four continents. Flowers in a range of colors intermingle in a forest of conifers, deciduous trees, ferns and heather. The gardens also include a gift shop and plant sales pavilion.
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.
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.
Hidden away in the southern reaches of West Seattle, Lincoln Park in many respects is the ultimate archetype of a Seattle park. Big but not too big, woodsy but not too densely forested, everything is just right. The beach is perfect for exploring, the meadows just right for Frisbee and the picnic areas nicely sheltered. And, Colman Pool—open only during summer- lets you experience the salty waters of Puget Sound without the icy temperatures. If that doesn't provide waves enough, walk out of the park to the south and hop the ferryboat for a scenic 15-minute ride over to Vashon Island.
The best thing about Flaming Geyser State Park is its name, without question. The second best thing is the game of spotting the first-time visitors by their incredulous expressions on arrival. The 'geyser' of the name is a modest shoot of gas-lit in the evening to create a gas-burning oven-sized flicker. The truly fun thing about coming here, though, is the variety of ways one can splash around in the river. The place opens daily at 8a.
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.
The Seattle Chinese Garden (also known as Xi Huan Yuan) is not only the largest of its kind in the United States, but also one the largest outside China. Offering gorgeous views and a continually changing array of plants, the park includes several pavilions built using traditional Chinese materials and techniques. Visitors can view slide presentations of the construction process as part of docent-guided tours. Tours are free and last 90 minutes. For easiest access, park at the north entry.
Located one block from Alki Beach, this little museum houses a rotating series of exhibits that focuses on West Seattle, which has been called 'the birthplace of Seattle'. Incorporating fascinating artifacts and charming audio and video presentations, the exhibits strive to combine information on settlers and the native Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The museum's ongoing oral history project provides a continuing flow of new stories. Events are held monthly for kids and special-interest groups. A small gift shop keeps the same hours as the museum.
Just a few blocks south from the beach blanket and ice cream shack mayhem of Alki Beach, Schmitz Park is a veritable time warp back to a Seattle before the European settlers came. Home to the only remaining stand of old-growth forest in the city, it's been left alone for wanderers to discover. Some of the cedars are 800 years old!
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.
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.