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LYFT-cation: Get Away by Staying in Town – Tacoma

What is a LYFT-cation? A vacation that is close enough for you to use your favorite ride sharing app. Sit back, relax, skip the expensive airfare and the TSA lines. You Deserve a LYFT-cation!


Where to go: Downtown Tacoma


Where to stay: The Elk’s Temple.

The beautiful Elk’s Temple, originally built in 1916, sat vacant for decades as a local landmark and symbol of urban decay. After decades of changing hands from one developer to another, it sat downtown and became a destination for urban ruins explorers until McMenamins came in and successfully renovated and revived the building opening again in April 2019.

What to do:

Try the two restaurants, bars and multiple other forms of entertainment built into the Elk’s Temple by McMenamins. If you need a change of scenery, wander down to the Tacoma Art Museum, the Washington State History Museum, Lemay – America’s Car Museum or to our personal favorite, the Museum of Glass.

Within walking distance of the Elk’s Temple, you can also enjoy a romantic walk on Ruston Way, catch a movie at Point Ruston, have some ice cream at the Ice Cream Social, or just partake in the nightlife on Pacific Avenue.


Where to go: Vashon Island

Where to stay:

Whether you want to stay in the woods, on the beach or downtown, there are plenty of options for you in every price range. If you want to try something fun, stay in a treehouse, sailboat, yurt or airstream. Our pick is this wonderful eco beach house found on VRBO.

What to do:

Vashon Island is filled with things to do. You can shop downtown and stop into many art galleries, go to wineries and Vashon Brewing, visit lavender farms, check out the Heritage Museum, golf, see a lighthouse and explore the coast and trails. This area is also known for the strawberry festival and sheepdog trails. To get there, you will need to catch a ferry from Point Defiance. The fee is approximately $35 for a round trip for a vehicle and 3-4 passengers (depending on age) and the crossing time is around 45 minutes. While you are there, there are many great places for dining. The Hardware Store Restaurant, May Kitchen + Bar, Bramble House, and Maven Mercantile are a few local favorites.


Where to go: Gig Harbor

Where to stay:

Gig Harbor has a nice variety of Bed and Breakfast choices, VRBO options, cottages and your choice of wooded or waterfront retreats.

What to do:

While you are in Gig Harbor, you can visit the Harbor History Museum, go antiquing, take a Harbor tour, picnic with the kids at Sehmel Homestead Park or Crescent Creek Park and also go visit the vast 109 acres of Kopachuck State Park for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and clamming.

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Written by Corey Dembeck

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