Welcome to the enchanting Southern Puget Sound region (South Sound) of Washington state, where natural beauty and maritime wonders collide. Nestled between the bustling city of Seattle and the rugged beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, the South Sound offers a captivating blend of coastal charm, picturesque islands, and thriving wildlife. With First Nature Tours as your guide, get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and create unforgettable memories in this scenic paradise. From island hopping to wildlife encounters, here are some of the most popular experiences you won’t want to miss in the South Puget Sound region.
Explore the San Juan Islands:
There are 176 islands and reefs in Washington’s Puget Sound. Anderson Island is the southernmost island of the Puget Sound, it is lesser known than many islands to the north preserving its small-town charm. Stop by the historic Johnson Farm (est. 1896), the wildlife park, or even kayak around the island for an idyllic weekend getaway. Other South Sound islands include McNeil Island (a former corrections center); Fox Island, Steamboat Island, and Harstine Island.
Wildlife Encounters in the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge:
Venture into the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for bird enthusiasts. Explore the network of trails that wind through diverse ecosystems, marshes, and estuaries. Keep an eye out for an array of bird species, including herons, eagles, and migratory birds. Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalks, capturing the tranquility and observing the richness of the refuge’s wildlife.
Tacoma’s Cultural Delights:
Visit the city of Tacoma, known for its thriving arts scene, historic landmarks, and stunning waterfront. Explore the renowned Museum of Glass, where you can witness the artistry of glassblowing firsthand. Take a stroll along the Thea Foss Waterway and enjoy the picturesque views of boats and the striking architecture of the Museum District. Don’t miss the iconic Chihuly Bridge of Glass, showcasing mesmerizing glass sculptures.
Discover Gig Harbor’s Maritime Heritage:
Experience the maritime charm of Gig Harbor, a historic fishing village nestled along the shores of Puget Sound. Explore the picturesque downtown, lined with art galleries, boutiques, and waterfront restaurants. Take a boat tour to appreciate the scenic beauty of the harbor and learn about its rich maritime history. Indulge in fresh seafood delicacies while soaking in the relaxed coastal atmosphere.
Outdoor Adventures in Mount Rainier National Park:
Escape into the wilderness of Mount Rainier National Park, a stunning landscape dominated by the majestic Mount Rainier. Embark on scenic hikes through old-growth forests, marvel at impressive waterfalls, and witness the beauty of wildflower meadows in bloom. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture the iconic reflections of Mount Rainier in the park’s crystal-clear lakes.