We live in such a special place where downtown Seattle is so close to such a beautiful park. Discovery park feels like it is hundreds of miles away from any large city, yet it's minutes away.
We came on a beautiful day in winter. Everyone was bundled up but it was sunny with no signs of even clouds. It is a very large park. There are several locations where you can park. Depends on how much of a hike or walk you want. You are able to park closer to the water, or closer to the historic parts of the park, or closer to the bluff. It has several trails that meander through the forest and grassy fields. As you get to the sandy bluff, it opens up to a breathtaking view of Puget Sound. As you continue through the trails, you end up going down a groomed trail to the beach. Drift wood-filled sandy beach is where the trail ends. As you go along the beach, you end up at the Discovery Park Lighthouse. Be aware that around the bluff are signs that say please keep away from the bluff edge, because of its stability.
This beach is great for dogs as well, even though there is no off-leash area. I definitely suggest you come here if you want to get out of the city and enjoy why we live in the PNW.
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