Many travelers visit Washington's Puget Sound by planning their trip around Seattle, when there is much more to see in this historically rich area of the country. To the south of Seattle lies the bustling town of Tacoma, vying for second largest city in Washington with it's neighbor to the East, Spokane. Tacoma supports a vital shipping port which provides vital resources from around the world. It hosts several art museums, fresh local produce at farmer's markets, and delicious restaurants.
The city of Tacoma boasts many interesting things to do, even on holidays. After a full Thanksgiving dinner, take the family for a walk along Ruston Way, the waterfront park along Commencement Bay. Enjoy the views of the bay: ships at anchor, Vashon Island in the distance, and a plethora of birds and marine life. Take advantage of the long weekend to explore Tacoma's museums, especially the Museum of Glass where works of local glass artist Dale Chihuly are on display. You may also see some live demonstrations of glassblowing while you're there.
Tacoma is also home to Fort Nisqually, the first European settlement on Puget Sound. It is a perfect place to spend Thanksgiving by learning of the struggles and accomplishments of the areas first settlers. Open year round, visitors to the living history museum can learn about the fur trade that vitalized this region.
Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time to travel, whether visiting family or exploring the area around you. Make sure to extend your visit by visiting Tacoma, and enjoy the many sights and attractions this Washington city has to offer.