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The Town of Orting is a Native American wording meaning "town on the prairie." Col. S.A. Black, a superintendent of the Northern Pacific Railway, selected the name.

Traveling to Orting from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area is straightforward.  Travelers can make the 22-mile drive by taking I-5 to WA-512 East to WA-162 East to Orting.

It is a quiet town with a population of about 8,000 citizens. For those seeking a new home in the area, Soundbuilt Homes is worth visiting.  

If planning to overnight in Orting, visitors are advised to visit where they can shop for as many as 250 deals. There are no hotels or motels in the town.

Once in the city, there are a wide variety of restaurants that make the trip worthwhile.

Tim's Kitchen, the Emperor's City Asian Restaurant Route 66 Pizza, Aceituno's Mexican Food, Legendary Doughnuts, Around the Corner Café, Gravity Coffee, L&M Coffee and Wawa Teriyaki are some of the most visited eateries.

Some of the bigger stores in Orting are Big J's Outdoor Store, Valley Saw Shop, Trailside Cyclery, Safeway, Arrow Lumber & Hardware, Orting Transmission and Starbucks.

Outside of the slower pace of life in Orting, it is a great place from which to visit the Puyallup Fairgrounds, Mike-N-Terry's Outdoor Fun Park, and the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the South Hill Mall, and the Tacoma Mall.

As for outdoor activities, Orting offers a great deal in terms of festivals (Daffodil Parade, Orting Pumpkin Fest) hiking or biking on the Foothills Trail, fishing at the Voights Creek Hatchery, or teeing off at High Cedars Golf Club.

Ski Park Lake offers the opportunity to water ski, and there are over 560 campsites at Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier National Park is just 30 miles away, and it offers everything from hunting and fishing to a wide range of snow-related events.

For a quiet weekend or a day trip in the shadow of Mount Rainier, Orting is worth the drive.

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