Greater Seattle South: Things to Do and See in Gig Harbor, Hood Canal, and Lake Tapps
The Pacific Northwest—Gig Harbor, Hood Canal and Lake Tapps
Why Live in Southern Greater Seattle
The Pacific Northwest is rich in diversity and the areas south of Seattle exemplify this like no other. All within an hour of Seattle, the communities of Gig Harbor, Hood Canal and Lake Tapps offer a lifestyle full of nature, relaxation and world-class recreation. Whether you are seeking a quiet escape in the woods, acres of shoreline property or a luxurious seaside condo, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Known as “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula,” Gig Harbor is a quiet, waterfront village with a population of 9,500 residents. Residents revel in the town’s friendly, laidback lifestyle while enjoying the picturesque community’s rich maritime history, breathtaking scenery, and charming waterfront with its boutiques, restaurants and an abundance of water recreation. Located on Gig Harbor Bay in Puget Sound, just across the Narrows Bridge (one of the longest suspension bridges in the world) from Tacoma, Gig Harbor is only 45 minutes from Seattle and 15 minutes from downtown Tacoma.
Hood Canal is called Washington’s “wild side” because of its beautifully remote and untouched environment. Situated between the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Hood Canal is a 70-mile long fjord (a long, narrow inlet) surrounded by miles of untouched forests. Ten small communities, that range in population from 60 families to more than 9,500 residents, line the Hood Canal and host an astounding array of world-class activities like SCUBA, skydiving, culinary events featuring locally-sourced oysters and other shellfish, concerts, and more. With 213 miles of shoreline, waterfront properties on the Hood Canal have stunning views and incredible access to all the Sound has to offer.
Lake Tapps was formed in the early 1900s when four lakes were dammed to create a reservoir for Puget Sound Energy. Today, Lake Tapps is a beautiful glacial lake at the base of Mt. Rainier’s foothills. The surrounding community of this regional gem enjoys many boating, swimming, skiing, and golfing opportunities in and around the lake. Residents savor the private waterfront properties that line the shores and appreciate the convenience of being less than an hour from Seattle.