Only 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle and 20 minutes north of Tacoma, Seattle Southside is a happening hub that’s perfectly situated between urban attractions and natural wonders (not to mention near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport). Seattle Southside, made up of the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila, is the perfect home base for a Washington vacation. It’s a convenient, affordable and fun place where you’ll find sports, shopping, nature—whatever you’re into! Select a sample itinerary to start exploring Seattle Southside and the Pacific Northwest on the map below.
Trek Around the Northwest!
Discover the Great Outdoors
'Tis the Season
Game Day - Football Fanatics
Thrills and Chills
Retail & Relaxation
The Ultimate Kids' Vacation
Experience International Dining at Westfield Southcenter
The first day of this grand food tour starts at Westfield Southcenter, the shopping epicenter of Seattle Southside. In addition to boutique shops and major retailers, Westfield is home to some of the hottest international restaurants, bakeries, and...
Stock up on Freshness at Des Moines Farmers Market
Start your third day off at the Des Moines Farmers Market, checking out some of the best local produce vendors in the region. In addition to fresh goods, enjoy live music, some of the trendiest local food trucks, and the beautiful Des Moines Marina.
Dine in Elegance at Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar
When you get back in town, enjoy a relaxing evening of elegance and deliciousness at Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar. Nestled restored wetlands and attached to Cedarbrook Lodge, this eco-friendly, intimate dining venue is perfect for a romantic dinner.
Find Your Way to Des Moines Beach Park
After a long day of fun, there’s no better way to end your Seattle Southside adventure than at Des Moines Beach Park. Nestled along Puget Sound, this hidden gem offers stunning views and a relaxing, peaceful setting. Walk along the beach or one of...
Savor Handcrafted Delights at California Pizza Kitchen
Calm the post-flight buzz with a lunch that everyone loves, PIZZA! Have a picky eater? The CPkids menu serves up simple, smaller pizzas, mac ‘n’ cheese and even ice cream sundaes! Use that sugar high to hype the family up for your next experience at...
Fill Your Need for Speed at Sykart Indoor Racing
Start your day off in the fast lane at Sykart. These state-of-the-art go-karts are built for speed and are typically for drivers wielding licenses. However, the weekend is for family and the Youth Track is open to kids 8 years of age and up.
Fuel up at Des Moines Dog House
With the adrenaline pumping, you might not have noticed just how hungry you were. Take the family down to the waterfront community of Des Moines for some hot dogs. While the kids enjoy classic corn dogs and chips, parents can try some of the...
Quench Your Thirst for Discovery at Marine Science and Technology Center
After lunch, head down to the MaST Center and discover a new world beneath Puget Sound! This aquarium is open for public viewing every Saturday and admission is FREE!
Dine with a View at Salty's at Redondo Beach
If the visit to the MaST Center got the family in the mood for some seafood, head next door to Salty’s Redondo Beach. With an extensive kid’s menu featuring not only fish and chips, but grilled cheese, hamburgers, and more, there will be plenty of...
Explore the Wonders of Des Moines Beach Park
Day two starts at the true “hidden gem,” a favorite park among the locals, and seldom overcrowded. This means you’ll have plenty of space to walk on the shores of Puget Sound, explore the Des Moines Creek Trail, watch native birds, and even rent a...
Santa's Landing Party at the Museum of Flight
After breakfast, take a trip to the largest independent non-profit air and space museum in the world, the Museum of Flight! If you happen to be hear on the weekend of December 16th, you just might catch a glimpse of Santa’s Landing Party.
Dinner at Copperleaf Restaurant
Copperleaf Restaurant is the “quintessentially Northwest” farm-to-table restaurant that should be reserved for a special occasion. Their dishes range from bacon wrapped rabbit sirloin, to Lummi Island Poulet bleu, to sweet chili glazed Pacifici...
Seattle Game Day
Make it a game day Link Light Rail makes for a quick and easy commute to Seattle’s Stadium District. Before the game, explore you can explore the neighborhood and snag some sweet Seahawks, Sounders FC and or Mariners gear to wear back home.
Take the Light Rail to the Game
Day two starts with a trip on the Link Light Rail. You guessed it…you’re heading to SoDo for a Mariner, Seahawk, or Sounders FC game. The light rail has three stops in Seattle Southside: Angle Lake, SeaTac, and Tukwila International. It’s about a...
Soccer at Starfire Sports
Your final day in sports heaven begins at Starfire Sports. This 54-acre sports complex features twelve outdoor fields and two pitches. It’s also the practice field of Sounders FC and Sounders FC 2. So, depending on what day you go, you might be able...
From laser tag, to virtual reality, the reality is—the entire family will have fun with this high-tech fully immersive experience. A great way to end the day.
Enjoy a breakfast feast at the Pancake Chef
For nearly 60 years, the Pancake Chef has been serving up delicious specialty pancakes, chicken fried steak, omelettes, and more. The classic atmosphere and savory and sweet breakfast combinations make this hidden gem one of the best breakfast...
Virtual Sports has brought the experience of Call of Duty to the real world with COD game modes using training rifles instead of classic laser tag toys.
Battle it out at the Tag Zone
If your energy levels remain high, hit the ground running at Tag Zone, an indoor Nerf arena also in Des Moines.
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