Gig Harbor and Tacoma, Washington, USA

Gig Harbor Washington USA
Gig Harbor - Washington, USA
International House of Glass Tacoma Washington USA
International House of Glass 
- Tacoma, Washington, USA
Downtown Poulsbo Washington USA
Downtown Poulsbo - Washington, USA
International Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington USA
International Museum of Glass
- Tacoma, Washington, USA
Point Defiance Park Tacoma Washington USA
Point Defiance Park - Tacoma, Washington, USA
Gig Harbor Washington USA
Gig Harbor - Washington, USA
Gig Harbor Washington USA
Gig Harbor - Washington, USA
International Museum of Glass Tacoma Washington USA
International Museum of Glass
- Tacoma, Washington, USA

Gig Harbor and Tacoma, Washington, USA (8/24-25/2009)

The Seattle ‘suburbs’ of Gig Harbor and Tacoma are fun and interesting stops in Washington's beautiful and picturesque Puget Sound.

Gig Harbor (‘gigs’ were the name of small boats) has a beautiful circular bay full of sailboats fronted by evergreen trees and million-dollar homes (see photos).

Gig Harbor is a tucked-away town sitting on a scenic inlet framing a postcard-perfect view of Mount Rainier. Gig Harbor's strong Scandinavian and Croatian heritage has always influenced its nautical lifestyle and fishing-village character. 

Today specialty shops, creative boutiques, art galleries and waterfront restaurants add to Gig Harbor's appeal and make it a wonderful get-away.

On the way to Gig Harbor, we stopped in the charming Norway settlement of Poulsbo – a must stop if you are in the area (see photo).



Once an industrial town, Tacoma is now a rather large city that is blossoming into its own with a renovating downtown, a wonderful forest park, attractive old neighborhoods, bayside restaurants, and an edgy art community. 

We visited Tacoma’s International Museum of Glass before taking a 5-mile drive and hikes in the stunning Point Defiance Park (see photos).

On the way to Tacoma, we traveled over the Narrows Bridge. This is the replacement of the famous Galloping Gertie bridge that twisted apart in a storm in 1940. 

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