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Tacoma, Washington - Nearby Destinations

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  • Kitsap Peninsula

Only nine nautical miles from Seattle and separated from the Olympic Peninsula by the Hood Canal, the Kitsap Peninsula provides a peaceful escape from city traffic. The Great Peninsula, as Kitsap is actually called, has so many arms of land jutting into the Puget Sound that the area has a disproportionate amount of shoreline. Rocky beaches give way to sandy shores, farm land and a forested interior. While Kitsap lacks the soaring mountains characteristic of the Olympic Peninsula interior, it has a different sort of appeal.

  • Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier is 14,110 feet high, an active volcano covered in ice and snow. The glaciers that keep this peak white and cold year round stand in sharp contrast to the old-growth forests and subalpine meadows ringing the mountain's flanks during spring and summer. Three locations in the south provide access to the park, as does an entrance on the northwest side and another in the east. Most visitors to Mt. Rainier are after a quick peek at the peak or some camping and hiking in the wilderness.

  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Most residents of Oregon and Washington remember when Mt. St. Helens blew her top. An earthquake in 1980 preceded her eruption, blanketing towns hundreds of miles away in volcanic ash and permanently altering the mountain's face. Plants and animals in the blast zone were destroyed instantly, as were 57 people -- scientists and residents.

Life returned to Mt. St. Helens sooner than experts expected, and today there are once again green trees, guests and squirrels. For the last two decades visitors have been able to visit the volcanic cone and surrounding area for a personal look at the damage and recovery process.

  • Olympia

Located at the south end of the Puget Sound, Olympia, Washington's state capital, is graced with elegant government buildings and gardens. Stroll across carefully groomed lawns for a closer look at the dome on the Capitol. If you're after some fresh air after exploring the inner workings of the State, mosey out to Capitol Lake Park for fun in the water and a picnic on the grass. Or, walk along the harbor for salt air and regular sea gull sightings.

  • Seattle

Seattle's skyline is at its best when the sun begins to sink into Puget Sound. The harbor takes on the colors of sunset and glass office buildings grow bright with blinding intensity before night descends on the city, revealing the Space Needle's graceful silhouette. Seattle is a cosmopolitan city - the modern coffee craze was born here in this bustling commercial port city. Today, the arts thrive in Seattle and outdoor pursuits are an integral part of city life. Seattle is sophisticated yet earthy, a mix of martini's, urban-hip, runners and Recreational Equipment Inc.(REI), headquartered here. While the proliferation of downtown parks means that a stretch of grass is never far away, Seattle's infamous rain sometimes drives the public indoors to the numerous educational and entertaining attractions that make Seattle such a great destination.

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