Puyallup, home of the Washington State Fair (one of the top ten fairs in the nation) and the county’s third largest city, also serves as East Pierce County’s regional hub for retail and medical services. Located ten miles east of Tacoma, it is easily accessible from Interstate 5 via State Routes 161, 512, and 167.
Walkable downtown streets feature quaint shops, restaurants, and an outdoor sculpture gallery that rivals big city collections. Pioneer Park hosts a Farmer’s Market from April to October. Summer months feature outdoor concerts for music lovers of all ages. Along with unique, independent retailers, historic downtown Puyallup also includes a modern Civic Center that is home to City Hall, a bustling senior center, the Public Library, and a Sound Transit Station where sounder trains provide easy weeklday commute to Seattle, Tacoma, and Lakewood.
Expanding retail, housing and business on Puyallup’s South Hill and in the unincorporated neighborhood just south of the city limits have made this area a magnet for young families. Pierce College of Puyallup, SouthHill Mall, and popular parks such as DeCoursey, Bradly Lake and Wildwood are found here.
Puyallup’s scenic Riverwalk Trail, evolving in phases, will eventually meet Pierce County’s Foothills Trail to create a wonderful regional trail system. For a map, visit the City’s website.
Visitors to Puyallup enjoy the Meeker Mansion, the Downtown Valley Arts Tour, the Antique District, and various annual events. In April, The Spring Fair and Daffodil Festival are held, followed in June by the Meeker Day Festival, the county’s largest street fair. Each September the State Fair welcomes over a million visitors for thrilling rides, tasty food, arts, and a celebrationf of the city’s agricultural heritage. Other festive fall events include the Puyallup Art and Wine Walk, and Oktober-fest Northwest. The Santa Parade & Oktober test Northwest. The Santa Parade & Community Tree Lighting is on the first Saturday in December.