Local Seattle Attractions | Tacoma Attractions
Seattle... 30 minutes by car, or take the ferry to Vashon Island (Vashon is an artist community dating back to early 1900s - local Vashon Island art galleries and antique shops, great used book store), then on to Seattle. Be sure to check out Seattle Pike Place Market and Seattle Underground Tour.
Just south of Seattle, Tacoma is an ideal location for exploring the Pacific Northwest sights. Popular day trips include:
Mt. Rainier... 1 hr hours
Olympic National Forest and ocean beaches ... 1.5 to 3 hrs
Victoria... 2 hrs by car, then a 1 hr scenic ferry ride
Mt. St. Helens... 2 hrs
Crystal Ski Resort (best skiing in Seattle - Tacoma Washington area - next to Mount Rainier)... 1.5 hrs
Local Tacoma Attractions...
International Glass Museum and Washington State History Museum (new 42 million dollar facility next to Union Station and Tacoma Art Museum - definite must sees while staying at Chinaberry Hill Bed and Breakfast Hotel in Tacoma!)... 5 minute drive.
Point Defiance Park (698 acres of rainforest - beaches, marina - can rent boats, zoo, sea aquarium, gardens, and an extensive system of rainforest trails). If you don't have the time for a daytrip to the Olympic Forest, get your rainforest fix here!... 15 minute drive.
Tacoma's Antique Row -- Tacoma Pierce County is considered the antique capital of the Northwest)... 8 blocks.
Ruston Way waterfront park (great for walking, jogging, rollerblading - wonderful waterfront restaurants)... 3 minute drive.
Sea-kayaking & scuba diving (the protected Puget Sound waters around Tacoma and Seattle have been called the best scuba diving in the world, home to a myriad of natural fish nurseries - including the best giant octopus colony known to man) ... 15 minute drive.
Charter a boat (or hop on a ferry) & tour Puget Sound - a must during whale watching season! (we can arrange trips for you - usually require advance notice)... 15 minute drive or longer, depending on tour or ferry origin.
Tacoma Art galleries, museums & Tacoma's Theatre District... City of Tacoma Pantages Theatre and Rialto Theatre 10 blocks. Check season schedules for special events.
Downtown Tacoma Farmer's Market (every Thursday, June thru September)... 8 blocks.
Gig Harbor (quaint little fishing village across Tacoma Narrows Bridge - marina, shops, fine restaurants - one of the most photographed sites in Washington)... 20 minute drive.
Northwest Trek (600 acre animal preserve - grizzlies, moose, buffalo, mountain lion, etc.) - experience the Pacific Northwest wildlife, as they roam free in the park...30 minute drive.
Tacoma Union Station
Pt. Defiance Rainforest Trails
View of Puget Sound Commencement Bay from Chinaberry Hill
Within 3 blocks of
Stadium Historic District
Market & Flower Shop
Downtown Tacoma Shops
Restaurants & Delis
Tacoma coffee houses
Wright Park & Conservatory (27 acres with over 500 species of plants in the historic Victorian Conservatory)
Stadium Historical Landmark
Primitive trail system along bluff overlooks Puget Sound
Wonderful walks in Victorian neighborhood (over 100 buildings on National Historical Register).
Tacoma Temple Theatre
Tacoma Landmark Convention Center
Stadium Historical Landmark
Wright Park Conservatory
(100+ years old)
Chinaberry Hill Gardens
Or just hang out on
the wraparound porch
and watch the ships
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