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    Explore the Cultural and Natural Features of the Southern Peninsula

    Explore the Cultural and Natural Features of the Southern Peninsula
    Starts from

    Seattle

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    14

    Duration

    2 days

    Length

    133 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Seattle

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    2 days

    Length

    133 mi

    Natural Attractions
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    Highlights

    • Play in the sand and sea at Browns Point Lighthouse Park.
    • Learn all about tiny trees at the Pacific Bonsai Museum.
    • Pho it up and enjoy local Vietnamese fare for lunch.
    • The Museum of Glass awaits you, beckoning with style.
    This trip is both culturally illuminating and filled with lovely moments in nature. Driving south from Seattle, you'll explore almost the entire southern peninsula — from Tacoma, WA (which has transformed over the past twenty years from a small, stinky logging town with a paper mill as its most notable feature into a culturally diverse and bustling city in its own right) south to Olympia, WA, known for its liberal aesthetic and artesian water.

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    This trip is both culturally illuminating and filled with lovely moments in nature. Driving south from Seattle, you'll explore almost the entire southern peninsula — from Tacoma, WA (which has transformed over the past twenty years from a small, stinky logging town with a paper mill as its most notable feature into a culturally diverse and bustling city in its own right) south to Olympia, WA, known for its liberal aesthetic and artesian water.
    Jan Selby

    Jan Selby

    Blogger

    • Play in the sand and sea at Browns Point Lighthouse Park.
    • Learn all about tiny trees at the Pacific Bonsai Museum.
    • Pho it up and enjoy local Vietnamese fare for lunch.
    • The Museum of Glass awaits you, beckoning with style.

    Travel itinerary

    Museums and Nature Along the Sound: A Weekend Exploration of Olympia and Tacoma
    6 Activities

    Day 1

    56 mi

    Museums and Nature Along the Sound: A Weekend Exploration of Olympia and Tacoma

    The first leg of this tour is a gorgeous southerly drive along the west side of the peninsula. Find tiny trees and the squee-inducing Bonsai museum before taking in ocean views at Browns Point Lighthouse Park, where you can dip your toes in the chilly ocean. Don't worry if you catch a chill, you can warm up with some local pho or bun cha at an iconic local Vietnamese restaurant before exploring the Museum of Glass, famous for housing hundreds of Dale Chihuly's glass creations. This trip continues with a gorgeous walk at a special wildlife refuge before landing in Olympia, a quirky town with lots of character.
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    A Northerly Journey on the Wild Side of the Peninsula
    8 Activities

    Day 2

    77 mi0.2 mi

    A Northerly Journey on the Wild Side of the Peninsula

    Today's Journey is a lovely mixture of great food and beautiful nature. Make sure you've got your rain coat, because it's often drizzling on this side of the peninsula, and expect lush and verdant greenery at every turn.

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