Comfortable Hotel Between Tacoma and Seattle
Federal Way, Washington, was established as a logging settlement about midway between Tacoma and Seattle. The timber industry is still big business in town, but there’s also a lot of natural beauty—state parks, botanical gardens, and miles of pristine shoreline. Guests of the Best Western Plus Evergreen Inn & Suites have easy access to the sights, thanks to the hotel’s complimentary shuttle. It operates from 6 a.m. to midnight, covering a five-mile radius that includes the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. There’s free parking at the hotel, too, so day trips to Seattle are a breeze.
Inside, the hotel is a family- and business-friendly environment. Kids will enjoy the heated indoor pool, while those here for work will find everything they need in the business center. Ten different restaurants can be found within a half-mile of the hotel, and the onsite Seasons Restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast that includes a choice of cereal, eggs, bread, and fruit.
Federal Way, Washington: Coastal Town near Seattle’s Coffee Shops and Galleries
Like the neighboring cities of Tacoma and Seattle, Federal Way is set right along Puget Sound. The coastal town is rich in natural beauty, especially at Dash Point State Park, an expansive seaside camping area with more than 11 miles of hiking and biking trails. In warmer months, you’ll see families flying kites, launching canoes, and lounging on the beach. Don’t miss the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, a tropical conservatory that’s home to 60 bonsai trees from six Pacific Rim nations.
A half-hour drive north brings to you to downtown Seattle. Here, street performers often play music as shoppers walk beneath the iconic Public Market Center sign at the open-air Pike’s Place Market. One of Seattle’s most renowned attractions, the marketplace bustles with vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, and meat. Before the spread of Starbucks to every corner, Seattleites grabbed cups of java at the company's original coffeehouse, which first opened here in 1971. Head a few blocks north of the market to find even more gourmet coffee shops in the inviting neighborhood of Belltown, an arts district filled with cafés, shops, and galleries. Roq Le Rue showcases rotating exhibits with an emphasis on pop surrealism and underground contemporary art.