The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is one of the largest suspension bridges in the world. The center span is 188 feet high and 2,800 feet long. The present bridge replaced "Galloping Gertie," an architectural failure nicknamed for the way it swayed in the wind. The ill-fated span collapsed 4 months and 7 days after it opened in 1940.
Parks adjoining the east and west ends of the bridge have interpretive displays and overlooks.
(Enumclaw) Anderson Rhododendron Gardens
(Gig Harbor) Arabella's Landing Marina
(Des Moines) Des Moines Marina
(Federal Way) Enchanted Parks
(North Bend) Factory Stores at North Bend
(Tumwater) Fairie Herb Gardens
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10/16 Coming to The Tacoma area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Seattle Japanese Cultural Festival Seattle WA April26-28 The festival features Japanese exhibits, performances, and demonstrations. Held at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion. The annual festival began in 1976 with a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle from the Japanese government to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Hoquiam WA April26-28 Witness the migrating shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hotspots in Grays Harbor County.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Leavenworth WA May16-19 Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year: the breeding season. Hear the songs sung only during the breeding season.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!