The Top Outdoor Adventures Via Public Transportation: Seattle

Trail running at Discovery Park

South Beach on Discovery Park.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Discovery Park

Address: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Phone: 206.386.4236

Though Seattle has no shortage of outdoor options within driving distance—the Cascade and Olympic ranges, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound, to name a few— the Emerald City also boasts serious recreational adventures within its city limits. Directly off the 33 Bus in Magnolia, Discovery Park features 11.81 miles of running trails on over 534 acres overlooking Puget Sound and the majestic Olympias. Forget you’re in the largest city in the Pacific Northwest as you wind through old-growth forests and meadows, or run along sandy coastline near the lighthouse. Discovery Park is the best spot in the city to see area wildlife, including birds and marine mammals. On a clear day you can see Mount Rainier towering over the Seattle skyline to the south.

GETTING THERE: From Pioneer Square, take the 33 Bus to E. Magnolia from the 3rd Ave. and James stop, get off at W. Government Way & 36th Ave. and check in at the visitors center for a park map.

TRAVEL TIME: About 30 minutes.

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