With its five stunning lakes, verdant parkland and tree-lined streets, the city of Lakewood, Wash., lives up to its tranquil name as a top retreat in the Puget Sound area. Close ties to the local military bases and easy access to Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle make Lakewood a popular destination among military and commuter families looking for homes for rent. And with the pristine Puget Sound on its doorstep and the magnificent peak of Mount Rainier in its backyard, Lakewood is the perfect gateway to the region's unparalleled outdoor resources.
With five lakes ideal for activities like boating, water skiing and fishing, as well as four golf courses, Lakewood is perfectly suited for outdoor fun. Families can hike the trails and explore the prairies of Fort Steilacoom Park or head farther afield to enjoy the Puget Sound waterfront. In addition to great local dining and shopping, Lakewood residents can also head to nearby Tacoma to visit its popular museums or take a trip into Seattle for great dining, professional sports and more entertainment.