A snug hamlet on Puget Sound is known for its quiet bays, old-time ways, and killer views of Mt. Rainier.
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You can barely go anywhere in Gig Harbor, Washington, without being treated to a gorgeous water view. Settled by Croatians as a fishing village in the late 1800s, this alluring small town remains simple and quaint, with live music in the park during the summer and a harbor where fishing vessels still bob alongside vintage sailboats and new powerboats. Gig Harbor is nestled amid a series of stunning harbors, bays, and narrow inlets ringed by majestic pines—yet it’s only a 20-minute drive from urban Tacoma.