Watch our preview video and check out our links for fun activities and picturesque sites to visit in Gig Harbor.
Known as one of the most picturesque harbors and small towns in the Pacific Northwest, Gig Harbor, Wash., is rich with maritime history, fine dining, breweries, and recreational opportunities.
Just an hour’s drive from Seattle, and three hours from Portland, this scenic hamlet is the launch pad for Cascade Bicycle Club’s newest multi-day ride: the three-day Gig Harbor Tour Lite, Friday through Sunday, May 14-16.
“Gig Harbor has great restaurants, tasting rooms, places to play, eat, drink, shop. We even have a gondola,” says Ride Leader Marlene Druker, who lives in town and planned the three routes.
Watch the video preview of the tour created by Cascade Volunteer of the Year Gary Fujioka, Sr.
This is a “hub and spoke” tour that will begin and end every day in town, with three routes of between 53 and 60 miles. In addition to snacks and a hydration station to fill your water bottles at the start each morning, each route will have two rest stops with food and drinks spaced about 20 miles apart.
Day One features a clockwise loop around the Kitsap Peninsula, with rest stops in Port Orchard and Southworth.
Day One. A Kitsap Peninsula loop.
Day Two will head south over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, passing through scenic Point Defiance Park, with rest stops at Fort Steilacoom and Tanner Park--plus an ice cream social.
Day Two. South through scenic areas of Tacoma.
With two ferry rides, Day Three will offer lots of opportunities for taking pictures and taking in the Puget Sound scenery.
Day Three. Two ferries and Vashon Island.
The first ferry ride will bring riders to the northern side of Vashon Island, where participants can load up on snacks at a rest stop before pedaling south down the length of the island to Tahlequah. Here, a ferry will bring riders back to Point Defiance, where, after a second food and drink rest stop, you will conclude the tour with a ride back to Gig Harbor over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
The cost is $175 for members, $200 for non-members. Check out the tour landing page for links to lodgings, restaurants and breweries, and more.
“It’s going to be a great way to spend three days, with a lot of biking and seeing some beautiful places, so I hope you’ll join us,” Druker says.
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