I’m really excited to interview Peggy Cleveland of Peggy, Where Should I Go? about Tacoma, Washington. Peggy’s tips for the best things to do in Tacoma are awesome because she moved to Tacoma with her husband as part of the military, and they decided to retire here to enjoy all of the gorgeous natural beauty of the area.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Travel Tacoma, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Tacoma
The local airport is Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is a 35-minute drive to Tacoma.
Peggy recommends renting a car when you visit Tacoma. While you can get by with a bus (Seatac Express 574) or rideshare from the airport, you’ll need a car if you want to visit Mt. Rainier National Park and some of the other local attractions. Check the latest deals from Avis, Budget, and Hertz, for the best rental car offers.
When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Peggy Cleveland about Tacoma, Washington. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Tacoma, Washington
- Green dots = best things to do in Tacoma, Washington
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Tacoma, Washington
Who is Peggy Cleveland?
Peggy is an experienced writer who specializes in travel and human interest stories. A trip across the country in a Pontiac station wagon at age nine sparked her lifelong love of travel. A passion for travel has taken her to 49 states, Europe, the Caribbean, South Korea, and Australia. She loves to share tips from my almost 50 years of touring and write about topics such as cruises, road trips, couple getaways, and trips with your favorite gal pals.
She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest, one of the country’s most beautiful areas. Her work can be found in Northwest Travel and Life Magazine, 253 Lifestyle Magazine, and other regional print publications. She also writes for Travel Awaits an online travel website for the over 50 travel audience. Peggy’s book “100 Things to Do in Tacoma Before You Die” by Reedy Press is available on Amazon, and you can support Peggy and this show by using our affiliate link to buy it. She also co-authored “The Tsar’s Masquerade”, a novel under the penname Raphael Mercikovsky, that is available on Amazon (affiliate link).
Her experiences as a military brat, service in the Army, and time as a military spouse added up to 33 moves. She and her husband chose Steilacoom, a small town near Tacoma as their forever home.
Here are a few articles that she’s written:
- Why I Retired To A Small Town And What I Love Most About It
- The Perfect Winter Weekend Getaway Near Mt. Rainier
- JBLM Travel Bucket List with Guest Allen Cox, Editor of Northwest Travel and Life Magazine.
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Stay tuned for our next episode
Listen to the next episode when Cassidy Kendall, a journalist for The Hot Springs Post, shares the best things to do in Hot Springs, AR. In this episode, Cassidy and I talk about relaxing in the thermal baths, water gun fights at the Running of the Tubs, and exploring the Mid America Science Museum. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.
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