Best Place to Hike

Discovery Park

So you want to work up a sweat, see some spectacular scenery, and not leave the city. Where do you go? Seattle is blessed by wonderful parks, and many of them offer lovely walks through the trees. But if you really want something that feels like a hike, head to Discovery Park. A 2.8-mile loop trail has you climbing up and down, through forest and onto a beach, and offers killer views. Start at the south parking lot and head across the meadows to the bluffs overlooking Puget Sound. Feel the awe. Then descend through the trees to the beach and head north past the lighthouse. Have a picnic, look for sea creatures, or play among the driftwood. Then work your way back up and around through the forest. NINA SHAPIRO

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