Looking out from the shore at Lincoln Park. Credit: Fiona Cohen
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
Weather to see: wind
West Seattle's Lincoln Park juts out into Puget Sound and has a broad crushed-limestone trail along the seafront for people to encounter wind, waves and wheeling seabirds. The southern part of the trail has the water to the southwest, with a fine view of ferries making their way to Vashon Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. As the trail rounds Colman pool at the halfway mark, the exposure moves to the northeast. Depending on the wind, the mood could go from a roaring gale to sudden peace. The beach is full of driftwood and rocks — timeless toys that will amuse kids for hours. If the weather gets too forbidding, the parking lot is a short stroll away.
Find it: 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle. Park for free in one of the lots off Fauntleroy Way.
Pair with: Something tasty at the Original Bakery, 9253 45th Ave. S.W.