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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Matt Brown

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Steilacoom, Washington

Steilacoom (pronounced STILL-a-come), about 45 miles southwest of Seattle, was once a bustling frontier port. The state's oldest incorporated municipality, it celebrated its 150th birthday in 2004. The town wasn't always so serene. Saloons used to outnumber everything else. Today, the only night crawlers are sold as bait near the ferry landing, and you'll find few speed limits over 30. One of the best shows on Puget Sound, the Fourth of July celebration draws up to 18,000 people every summer.

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