Point Defiance Park has been Tacoma's recreational gem for over a century. At local restaurants you see vintage pictures of people traversing the five-mile drive in horse-drawn carriages.
The 5-Mile Drive is a semi-circle that traces the edge of the peninsula across from Vashon Island and Gig Harbor. Saturday mornings it it closed to motorized traffic, which means that hikers, runners, and bikers share this wonderful space, with awesome views of Vashon and the Narrows, moss-covered trails through groves of patriarchs, and terminally cute raccoons who waylay traffic and demand oreos or else.
Wonderful for walking, whether on pavement or on trails. Please don't feed the raccoons. They are already unionized, and it's just a matter of time before one of them runs for mayor.