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Photo by Nick Verbelchuck

Spring is here. It’s time to get outside, breathe fresh air, and enjoy some South Sound beauty. Here are five places you can find us taking a walk.

THE BILLY FRANK JR. NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The boardwalks and trails make this Olympia adventure accessible for most everyone in the family. See a variety of birds, and maybe even spot beavers, deer, or a turtle sunning on a nice day.

THE STATE CAPITOL

The Capitol in Olympia is beautiful year-round, but the grounds come alive in spring. We love taking a stroll around Capitol Lake Park and the alternate vantage point of the Capitol from afar, usually with Dancing Goats coffee in our cup. When the cherry blossoms begin to fall like snow, that is perfection.

POINT DEFIANCE PARK

This Tacoma gem never disappoints, and when the trees and flowers start blooming in spring, the pretty park gets even more dazzling.

SMALL-TOWN STEILACOOM

Watch the ferry go back and forth from a park bench, check out century-old homes, and grab a tasty baked treat and coffee at Delish Bakery. If you are adventuring with kids, a short drive from the downtown area to Sunnyside Park will make for a fun time.

THE NARROWS BRIDGE

Park at the War Memorial, and cross Jackson Street to walk across the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma. It’s about 2½ miles round trip from the car.