Mount Rainier

Mt Rainier, a great view

Things To Do On Your Trip To the Pacific Northwest

Now that the Army has moved my wife, son and me to JBLM, outside of Tacoma, WA, I had to learn to love a place other than my hometown.  One good view of Mt Rainier, and it wasn't too hard to fall in love. The first thing people always told me about this region was that it rains every day.  Given that I am from Texas, one of the sunniest places in the country, I wasn't sure how I'd take to constant dreary weather. During the fall and winter months, yes, it rains nearly every day.  If you are planning to make a trip, make sure you make the trip during the spring and summer months. Not only will it allow you to enjoy the sunshine, the views and the water, but you will also have daylight from around 6:00 in the morning until 9:30 at night.  That gives you plenty of time to enjoy everything about the area.  Here are a few links if you are considering a trip to the Seattle / Tacoma area. 

Seattle

Tacoma

Olympia

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Army - Fort Lewis  USAF McChord Field)

Mount Rainier - NPS

SeaTac Int'l Airport

Ferries

Seattle Houseboats

LeMay Car Museum - Tacoma

Seattle Mariners - MLB

Seattle Seahawks - NFL

Sounders FC - MLS

Ski Seattle

Forks - Twilight and more

Pike Place Market

 

As you see, there is more to do here than just the space needle and the "Sleepless in Seattle" house.  You'll enjoy lots of greenery and lots of friendly faces.  Don't be afraid to drive around with nothing planned.  Sometimes that's how you find the best places.  

A few quick tips-

If you are travelling with family, be careful which drive-thru coffee houses you visit.  Some are not family friendly.  Usually, they are clearly marked as family friendly.

Dress in layers. Even in July and August, mornings can get chilly, and it will warm up in the afternoon.  If you plan on being outside all day, you'll find yourself wishing you were warmer or cooler throughout the day.

Visit the tourist attractions.  This isn't like a trip through the desert from Abilene, TX to Los Angeles, CA.  These tourist attractions are interesting and most of the time, worth the nominal fee.

Look for hotels outside of Seattle.  The surrounding "burbs" are very nice, and you'll never feel like you even left the city.