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We are vacationing in Seattle/Tacoma (beginning September 8th) for a few days before heading over to Ocean Shores for several days of beach time.<br><br>
We plan on the Woodland Park Zoo, PSC, Pike Market & the Aquarium, seeing a relative in Bellevue, Fran's Chocolates (!) and a few other fun places.<br><br>
Dh feels we can drive from Seattle to Tacoma in the morning (spend a few hours at Point Defiance Zoo) and then easily drive to Ocean Shores in <b>a couple of hours</b>.<br><br>
Does this sound right???<br><br>
I am thinking this looks like a longer trip. We don't mind it taking several hours. It's just nice to know before you go!!!<br><br>
Any good restaurant recommendations between Tacoma & Ocean Shores??
 

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I did a map on Yahoo for Tacoma to Ocean Shores and it estimated the travel time at 2 hours and 10 minutes. Whenever I go south of Tacoma on I-5, I tend to hit traffic around Fort Lewis so I would plan on it taking a little longer than that... but it's not a crazy long trip.<br>
I'm not sure about restaurants between Tacoma and Ocean Shores, but I definitely wasn't impressed by the restaurants in Ocean Shores last time I went. I think I ended up eating at McDonalds! I'm not sure what your expectations are of Ocean Shores, but I thought it would be like the cute little towns on the Oregon coast so I was fairly disappointed!!!
 

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Oh we did something similar last year for our anniversary and DD's birthday (within a week of each ofhter end Sept/beg Oct) so I'll try to help!<br><br>
I think for us it took about 3-4 hours from Seattle to the North end of Long Beach peninsula. We stopped a couple times - once for at least 20 min to have a snack, change DD's diaper, etc. It shouldn't take quite as long to get to Ocean Shores, but I don't know the exact difference since I haven't been there.<br><br><br>
Just in case you go to Long Beach....<br>
We stayed at <a href="http://www.klipsanbeachcottages.com/" target="_blank">Klipsan Beach Cottages</a> , which we really liked! They have little kitchens, which we always prefer and seek out to save a little money and really for convenience. We like to pick and choose what meals to eat out.<br><br>
I am not sure about restaurants between Tacoma and OS - but just in case you go to Long Beach....There was one reaaaaaly good restaurant that we tried in Ilwaco - something Bistro right on the water where the fisherman are - I'd have to look up the exact name. It was a newer place. When we went in early Oct it was time for the mushroom and cranberry harvests, so they had a fancy special menu that showcased the mushrooms. Our DD did really great! We went to the Cranberry fair which was rather disappointing except we bought a great homemade pie that was awesome. We skipped the bog tour though which I really wanted to do - but the weather was poor that day so I didn't want to drag DD out in it.<br><br>
They may have some similar festivities in Ocean Shores too. I think it is worth the trip though to be on the coast. There isn't a lot of entertainment (maybe more in OS) but just walking on the beach and smelling the fresh ocean air is soooo nice!<br><br><br><br>
And OH how I LOVE Fran's chocolates <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br><br>
Enjoy your stay here in Seattle! I'll actually be back in OH during that time visiting my own famliy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oh and yes, the traffic around Tacoma on I-5 has been something awful lately (construction I think) so if you can find a way to avoid that you definitely should!
 

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I would plan on it taking two hours from the Olympia/Tacoma area and 1-2 hours from Seattle to there, depending on when you go and the traffic conditions.<br><br>
In my opinion, there isn't much worth stopping for on the way as far as restaurants, but you might want to stop in Olympia- there is a lot to choose from there. Whenever we head down that way we ALWAYS stop at the Oly Food Coop- they have a salad bar and a few ready made foods and a little eating area with a small play area for kids. Its healthy and delicious and right off I-5. We are members there from when we used to live down that way, but you don't have to be a member.<br><br>
If you take the exit for the capital there are a bunch of restaurants. And the children's museum is worth a stop- I personally think it is the best one in the state- and I have been to almost all of them.
 
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