Located just west of Tacoma and south of Seattle, the town of Gig Harbor lies on the edge of it’s namesake bay on the west side of the Puget Sound.
Because many travelers pass through this charming little waterfront town on their way north, Gig Harbor is sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula”.
Although the town is much smaller than the nearby cities of Tacoma and Seattle it is a popular weekend destination for locals who enjoy activities such as boating, hiking, fishing and shopping along the waterfront.
View of Mt Rainier from bridge going in to Gig Harbor, WA.
Fun Facts About Gig Harbor
- Gig Harbor is currently the 97th largest city in the State of Washington.
- According to the latest Census data taken in 2010, Gig Harbor is home to 7126 residents. (Due to a rise in popularity, that number is estimated to have reached around 9000 as of early 2017).
- Physical size: About 6 square miles.
- Famous landmarks: the Skansie shipyard. This was where the first gasoline powered fishing boats in the area were outfitted beginning in 1905.
- Gig Harbor was briefly featured in the television series CSI. The episode, which centered around the “Gig Harbor Killer” was entitled “Tressed To Kill” and aired in February of 2012.