G is for Gig Harbor, a charming town on (what else?) Gig Harbor. It has a historic waterfront with quaint shopping and dining, a busy marina, and amazing scenery in all directions. Often referred to as the “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula”, as it is located just over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from the city of Tacoma, it is also “Washington’s Maritime City”. Although there is little commercial fishing still in the area, Gig Harbor has its roots in that trade and still celebrates it in a cultural sense. Large-scale commercial and housing areas have been moved away from the historic downtown, so that the main shopping area is located on the other side of the highway, away from the waterfront. This expanded commercial area has maintained some of the charm of the town, being well laid-out and well-kept.
|Courtesy of the City of Gig Harbor|