Surrounding Gig Harbor, pine forests and open woods alternate with rolling pastures; it's enjoyable scenery (even on rainy days) during the 10-minute drive to Fox Island. Crossing the Fox Island Bridge over Echo Bay, you'll see stunning views of the Olympic Mountains to the right and the Tanglewood Lighthouse against a backdrop of Mt. Rainier to the left. Tanglewood Island, the small drop of forest on which the Tanglewood lighthouse sits, was once a Native American
burial ground known as Grav Island. At low tide the boat ramp and boulder-strewn beach next to the bridge are scattered with stranded saltwater creatures.
Fox Island Historical Museum. This museum displays island pioneer memorabilia in an authentic log cabin. Pioneer-days children's activities, such as Maypole dances, memory boxes, and old-fashioned Valentine crafts, are scheduled the first Saturday of every month, and the local farmers' market runs summer Wednesdays. 1017 9th Ave., 98333. 253/549–2461. www.foxislandmuseum.org. $1. Wed. and weekends 1–4.
Gig Harbor, Washington, United States