How to have a packed two days in Seattle without overdoing it.
I was ecstatic as I left the city of Portland behind me. I had two days in Seattle and the city was calling me to its shores. I was happy to oblige for a weekend away exploring more of the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle was one of those spur of the moment decisions. It wasn’t until about a week before that I decided I was definitely going to head further north and check out a new city in the Pacific Northwest. The simple joys of having a car again after mostly living abroad without one.
The drive up to the city was three hours in total, and I was surprised to find sunny and, dare I say, warm blue skies welcoming me as I drove toward the skyscrapers in the distance. The nice weather would last throughout my two days in Seattle, clouding up again on the day I left.
8 things to do in Tacoma for a weekend – whether you’re looking for a good Washington road trip stop or a quick break from Seattle.
Tacoma has had a renaissance of sorts in the last few years. People used to comment on the “Aroma of Tacoma” in reference to the overbearing sulfur smell that used to hover over the city. Visitors would pass right on through on their way to Seattle. Most people didn’t think there were many things to do in Tacoma and saw it as a backwater city that wasn’t worth the stop.
A lot has changed in a short amount of time. Travelers are finally starting to see the draw of this Pacific Northwest city and all it has to offer. I was luckily enough to visit Tacoma for the first time this past July and I was impressed with the beauty, history, and local hangouts that I found there. If you’re unsure of what there is to do in Tacoma, or you’re simply looking for a new and lesser known city to explore in Washington – these are my recommendations on how to spend two days in the city.
The 5 most incredible things to do at Mt Rainier National Park, one of the most beautiful places in Washington.
I’m a sucker when it comes to beautiful nature landscapes, lush forests, waterfalls, and, in general, Pacific Northwest vibes. Don’t believe me? Just check out my Instagram! When I received a recent invite for an InstaFam trip in Washington, including exploring the many things to do at Mt Rainier National Park, I said yes immediately.
I had heard about the magic of Mt Rainier for awhile and I’d been wanting to visit the national park for myself before I left Portland.
Life gets in the way sometimes though, and I thought I had missed my opportunity to visit the park, at least this time stateside. When I realized I would not only get to finally see the mountain up close, but to see the best things to do at Mt Rainier with a guide from Visit Rainier, I was beyond excited for the trip ahead.
When I received the email from Matt at Travel Tacoma, inviting me on an InstaFAM tour with a bunch of talented Instagrammers and photographers, I was beyond ecstatic.
For those of you who aren’t bloggers or in the media, a FAM tour stands for “familiarization tour.” It’s generally a tour that is a number of days, hosted and put on by a tourism board or company to promote a destination or brand. This one was solely focused on Instagram and finding the prettiest spots around Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Mt. Rainier. In other words, I was immersed for 4 days in finding the best views and most beautiful hidden spots in Washington. It was heaven.