Grab your walking shoes and head over to Point Defiance. The 760-acre park contains more than 14 miles of trails comprising natural forest and saltwater beaches, along with a zoo, aquarium, a living history museum, extensive gardens and a boathouse. The Five Mile Drive outer loop
is closed to traffic every weekend until 1:00 pm and offers magnificent views of the Puget Sound, the Cascade and Olympic mountains, Vashon Island, the Narrows Bridge and Gig Harbor.
You can eat lunch right inside the park at the traditional Anthony’s
seafood restaurant (5910 North Waterfront Drive), or head over to Point Ruston, a new resort-like development on the waterfront. A picturesque bike/walking trail along the water offers great views of the islands and Mt. Rainier. Rent bikes of all kinds, including a four-wheeler for four to six people, at Wheel Fun Rentals
. Grab a bite at WildFin American Grill
, Mio Sushi
or Stack 571
, or go down the trail toward downtown to one Tacoma’s old-timey waterfront restaurants. Though they may not offer the most innovative fare, they do command spectacular views of the sound, islands and mountains. The upscale Lobster Shop
(4015 Ruston Way) does an elaborate Sunday brunch and Katie Downs
(21+ only) is popular for pizza.