Explore Seattle’s Backyard first by land, then by sea. Just a few blocks south of Sea-Tac Airport, you’ll find the very walkable and always scenic Des Moines Creek Trail. Parking is available at the trailhead, easily located across from Angle Lake at S 200th St. and International Blvd. This tranquil connection between the south side of SeaTac and the waterfront community of Des Moines boasts beautiful leaves in the fall and colorful flowers in the summer, complete with a lively creek and miniature waterfalls. All in all: the trail is a peaceful, natural escape.
The Des Moines Creek Trail is a refreshing surprise, as each step brings you deeper into a picture-perfect PNW lowland forest. At the trail’s southern end, discover Des Moines Beach Park, home to some of the finest beachcombing opportunities in the region. Hungry? Pop into Anthony’s HomePort for a takeout lunch or explore downtown Des Moines for other local eateries. Enjoy some authentic Northwest seafood and picknick alongside the iconic Puget Sound.
You can continue your journey south on a shared-road bike route along Marine View Drive. Another two miles takes you to Saltwater State Park, where you’ll find sandy beaches and tide pools. This 88-acre marine camping park offers beautiful views and plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities. It’s a popular spot for camping, scuba diving, picnics, clamming, hiking and swimming.
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