No matter what stage of life you’re in, there’s nothing like the subtle thrill of getting away for a day to visit a scenic destination.
Washington State is replete with opportunities for mini-adventures to see breathtaking sites near Federal Way, Normandy Park, Tacoma, and Des Moines, Washington. Within this region, you can find the ideal destination for a day trip, whether your interests tend toward walking on trails, bird-watching, picnicking, fishing, or other types of recreation.
Top Scenic Destinations
Consider taking a day to get away and enjoy the sites surrounding Federal Way. Here are a few picturesque places to visit:
The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way is open year-round, except for a handful of major holidays. During the winter, the garden is an accessible woodland retreat, filled with early blooming rhododendrons and companion plants. You can also enjoy tropical rhododendrons known as vireyas, which typically bloom in January and February, at the Rutherford Conservatory. The garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays. Visitors 65 and older get discounted admission at $5.
Mt. Rainier, an active volcano rising approximately 14,410 feet above sea level, is a Washington State icon. The Mt. Rainier National Park features opportunities for scenic drives, fishing and boating, and walking along trails. You can also visit the Mt. Rainier Valor Memorial, tucked away among fir and spruce trees in the historic Longmire Campground.
3. Redondo Beach
There are so many fun things to do in Federal Way that visiting the beach may not even be an activity that comes to mind. However, Redondo Beach in Des Moines, Washington, is worth exploring any time of year – plus, it’s free. Take a stroll along the wooden boardwalk or in the sand and enjoy the views at this scenic beach, located on the Puget Sound. The waterfront also provides public and boater access.
Dash Point State Park is also located on the Puget Sound, but more in the Tacoma area. Although the beach has a reputation for being a popular destination for water recreation, it also provides unobstructed views of the stunning Puget Sound and opportunities for bird watching, wildlife viewing, kite flying, and studying sea life.
5. PowellsWood Garden
PowellsWood Garden, a three-acre natural oasis in
Federal Way, features paths that wind through landscaped gardens and past a pond and stream. The garden, nestled among nearly 35 acres of native forestland, is generally open from April through October. However, you can periodically experience special wintertime events, such as the PowellsWood Solstice Stroll, a luminary-guided tour through the woodland garden.
6. Normandy Beach Trail
Within the waterfront town of Normandy Park, you will find the Marine View Park, a scenic destination that offers welcome serenity and seclusion amid the bustle of daily life. Here you can take in exquisite views of Mt. Rainier and the surrounding area. Along the roughly one-mile loop trail, suitable for all skill levels, you will pass wild flowers and other native plants on your way to the shoreline.
Find your way to West Hybloes Wetlands Park near Federal Way and discover a richly diverse and lush wetland featuring a network of trails and boardwalks. The graveled path leads you past two historic cabins that have been restored. From there, you can head into a forest filled with giant red cedars, hemlocks, and Douglas fir trees. The park also includes benches where you can take a short rest and simply soak in the scenery.
8. Seahurst Park
Seahurst Park in Burien encompasses good walking trails through the forest and ones that parallel the coastline. Within the forest, you will find trees draped with moss, clear streams, some wild flowers, and even woodpeckers and other wildlife. Seahurst Park also allows dogs on leash, which makes it ideal for a getaway with your pet.
Enjoying Your Retirement Community and Beyond
Village Green Retirement Community offers its own wide selection of amenities that make each day fulfilling and comfortable for residents. However, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get off campus for a day or two to delight in the natural beauty near Federal Way and throughout the entire Puget Sound region. Village Green Retirement Community even provides bus transportation and organizes excursions to help facilitate your adventures to and from the campus.