30 places to welcome spring

Blow the dust off winter with blooms gone wild, bike trips in the blossoms, gushing falls, and more

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Chambers Creek Park near Tacoma
Photo by J.R. McCausland; written by Jim McCausland

Our seaside hangout

A park meets a beach, and we call that a love connection. Take deep breaths of salty air on the bluffs and dunes of the 3-mile loop trail at Chambers Creek park near Tacoma, Washington, which hooks you up with Puget Sound beach. Cross the footbridge at Central Meadow (a kite flyer’s heaven) and walk south for primo sandcastle building. After you build your masterpiece, the A-list fish and chips—and a killer view—are waiting for you at Chambers Bay Grill ($$; chambersbaygolf.com), where you can watch squally March weather make rainbows over the Sound. piercecountywa.org/ccp 


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