Local residents know that there are lots of cool things to do in Tacoma — like catching an entertaining improv show or indulging in a plethora of amazing happy hours — but sometimes you just want to hit the road for an experience outside of your immediate neighborhood.
Fortunately, there are plentiful choices for a fun day trip, all within a two-hour or so distance from Tacoma — and even a couple of destinations within just an hour’s drive. We did the research for you and put together a list of five fantastic choices, each with its own unique appeal. You’ll definitely find one that piques your interest, but most likely you’ll find yourself wanting to visit all five nearby destinations.
Fill your car’s gas tank, grab a couple of water bottles, enter the address of your chosen destination into your GPS, and go!
1. Olympic Game Farm
2. Woodinville Wine Country
3. Ocean Shores
Approximately two hours from Tacoma, Ocean Shores is a day trip that feels like a miniature vacation. This small, seaside town has plenty of restaurants and bars, an interpretive center, art galleries and much more. Seafaring folk can choose from plenty of activities to partake in on Ocean Shores’ many lakes and canals, and of course, the Pacific Ocean. Choose from deep-sea, surf and freshwater fishing; boating; kayaking; canoeing; or just go clam digging (in season). Landlubbers, take heart. There is plenty for you to do as well. Rent mopeds, ride go-carts or bumper cars, play golf, go horseback riding or kiting, or go on a hayride. There’s so much to do, you’ll probably plan a second trip.