Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Welcome to the Beautiful Puget Sound
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is surrounded by pristine nature and plenty of outdoor activities. The Puget Sound offers year-round boating, fishing, whale watching, and scuba diving. Take a 90-minute scenic drive to the majestic Cascade Mountains, or visit the region’s most recognizable landmark, Mt. Rainier. For more adventures, head two hours south to Portland, Oregon, or fly a kite at family-friendly Ocean Shores, where you can drive your vehicle directly onto the beach. We proudly call Tacoma, Olympia, and Seattle our neighbors and encourage our residents to explore these beautiful cities.
For easy, convenient travel, SeaTac International Airport is approximately 40 minutes away via I-5. Greyhound Lines and Amtrak also run locally from downtown Tacoma.
A home on-base gives you easy access to services and amenities including two commissaries, the Fort Lewis and McChord Main Exchanges, Madigan Army Medical Center, McChord Clinic, and the passenger terminal for Space-A Travel. Catch a movie at the Carey Theater or join a bowling league at Bowl Arena Lanes. There are six elementary schools on-base, and middle and high school students living on-base are bused to public schools off base.