Discover Coastal Dream Towns

After canvassing all coasts for towns with seaside charm, a lively beach culture, and good housing, these are our top spots for planning quick trips or finding a new place to live.

Dream Towns

Plan a vacation location or find a new place to call home in this roundup of our favorite coastal communities.

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Puget Sound Living
Matt Brown

Puget Sound Living

Gig Harbor, Washington

This Washington enclave astounds newcomers with its rare beauty and rich maritime history. Tucked into the south end of Puget Sound, Gig Harbor claims unparalleled views of Mount Rainier. The town's just an hour from downtown Seattle and a few minutes across the bridge from Tacoma.

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