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Urban Spelunker: Wright Park Tacoma

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Urban Spelunker: Wright Park Tacoma

Wright Park has been the backdrop to many a Tacoman's memories. The area surrounding Wright Park is rich with food, drink and sights to see. Here are just a few in the immediate vicinity.(Rosebud Revelers)As a beautiful botanical garden, W. W. Seymour Conservatory is an iconic destination for those thirsty for

Urban Spelunker: Spraygrounds

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Urban Spelunker: Spraygrounds

Though folks like to carry on about the seemingly neverending rainfall in the Pacific Northwest, the truth of the matter is, our seasons are mellow, with only pockets of extreme weather doled out by Mother Nature. With just a few short weeks of summer heat remaining, some of us are

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Urban Spelunker: Parkland-Spanaway

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Urban Spelunker: Parkland-Spanaway

The Parkland-Spanaway area is found on the south side of Pacific and houses all kinds of "stuff."  I say stuff because there is really a diverse mish mash of services available in the area. In the past, we've covered the Garfield Street nook and highlighted a walkable, charming business district

Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Brewery District

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Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Brewery District

Tacoma's roots are saturated in boozy goodness having been a major player in the hops and malt scene in the late 1800s. Today, new breweries are popping up in Tacoma, nearly redefining a "new" brewery district on the north end of Pacific Avenue. Historically, Destiny City's Brewery District sits to

Urban Spelunker: South Tacoma Way District

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Urban Spelunker: South Tacoma Way District

South Tacoma Way is a major throughway linking Tacoma to Lakewood, and houses a diverse community of business establishments lined upon it. The Urban Spelunker has previously journeyed through Korea Town - Lakewood's International District that calls this road home - and now we will journey through another length -

Urban Spelunker: University Place

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Urban Spelunker: University Place

University Place is like Tacoma's baby sister. The region boasts pockets of idyllic residential areas partnered with a bustling main strip that houses a staggering amount of credit unions and all of your creature comfort needs. Just a hop from downtown Tacoma and a bridge toll away from our neighbors

Urban Spelunker: Hawks Prairie Region

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Urban Spelunker: Hawks Prairie Region

Bordering the Lacey, Olympia city limits is the Hawks Prairie region. Also known as Johnson Point, Hawk's Prairie is a matrimony of sleepy residential areas, forested outdoor attractions and pockets of business districts including downtown Lacey. The core of the area delivers all of your creature comforts with big box

Urban Spelunker: Mother's Day dining in the South Sound

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Urban Spelunker: Mother's Day dining in the South Sound

Mother, Mum, Mom, Mama, Mamacita, whatever you call your mommy dearest, one thing is certain: she's done a lot for you in life. Like what? Well, for starters giving you life, and putting up with you in general, guiding you through life's tough lessons and probably loving you more than

Urban Spelunker: North Proctor District in Tacoma

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Urban Spelunker: North Proctor District in Tacoma

Just a hop away from Tacoma's Ruston Way and downtown areas lies the Proctor District. Within this charming walkable district, the "heart" surrounds North 26th with retail shops, eateries and more lined up nicely in a row. Once you hit North 30th, though it appears a little sleepy and more

Urban Spelunker: McKinley Hill in Tacoma

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Urban Spelunker: McKinley Hill in Tacoma

Tacoma's Eastside consists of a few major lifelines connecting sleepy residential areas with the downtown region with easy access to freeways and main strips. Upon McKinley Hill, you'll discover a matrimony of charming residential and charming commercial destinations. Aside from locally owned operations and homes, McKinley Hill boasts some of

Urban Spelunker: Lakewood's Steilacoom Boulevard

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Urban Spelunker: Lakewood's Steilacoom Boulevard

The city of Lakewood is the definition of melting pot. And, the pot shines along Steilacoom Boulevard. The street is one of the city's lifelines, connecting Lakewood with the town of Steilacoom, passing by the Oakbrook neighborhood and the popular Fort Steilacoom Park. The Boulevard houses a diverse mix of

Urban Spelunker: Tacoma's Ruston Way Waterfront

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Urban Spelunker: Tacoma's Ruston Way Waterfront

Ruston Way instantly calls forth memories of sea-breeze blown hair, "Summer Time" blaring on the radio and Tacomans arriving en mass to cruise, stroll and pass around a ball or Frisbee of sorts. This scenic strip allows dog walkers, joggers, diners and cruisers to take in majestic views of Commencement

Urban Spelunker: Federal Way

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Urban Spelunker: Federal Way

Introducing the southern regions of the "South" Sound to King County is Federal Way. What can be said about Federal Way? It's a cornucopia that overfloweths with apartment complexes and housing developments, strip malls and corporate retail and dining establishments. Centered between Tacoma and Seattle, Federal Way is the epitome

Urban Spelunker: Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood

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Urban Spelunker: Olympia's South Capitol Neighborhood

The Legislative Building, on the grounds of the State Capitol in Olympia, is reason enough to visit the area. It's a majestic historical sight to behold day or night. And though downtown Olympia is the more walkable of business districts, the Capitol district homes several hot spots among the serene,

Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Chocolate Tour

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Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Chocolate Tour

Health food doesn't have to be bland and boring. There is one delectable nibble that research has shown benefits the cardiovascular system, so it's no wonder that it is the go-to edible gift for Valentine's Day. Chocolate literally is good for the heart. My Grandmamma wasn't making up excuses to

Urban Spelunker: Roy Y

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Urban Spelunker: Roy Y

Bordering the east side of Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the "Roy Y." This area refers to where State Routes 7 and 507 intersect, making a Y shape. This intersection, deep in Spanaway, takes you down a scenic drive to the town of Roy and continues through Spanaway toward Mount Rainier.

Urban Spelunker: East 72nd and Portland, Tacoma

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Urban Spelunker: East 72nd and Portland, Tacoma

In the heart of Tacoma's eastside, you'll find the intersection of East 72nd and Portland. With a concentration of apartments and housing developments paired with lots of big box retails (think Kmart) and fast food dining (think Wendy's), this area yields an immense level of car and pedestrian traffic. You'll

Urban Spelunker: Sumner

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Urban Spelunker: Sumner

As one may imagine, any town dubbed "the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World" is likely to maintain a small-town charm built upon a history built on agriculture. This stands true for the city of Sumner. Sumner's downtown boasts a plethora of spots prime for antique shopping excursions, fun retail

Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Museum District

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Urban Spelunker: Tacoma Museum District

The Museum District in Tacoma is proof of the city's flourishing creative culture on a massive scale. Though Tacoma managed to gain itself a bad rap due to criminal activity in the area 20 plus years ago, it is now a full character, culminated by its surrounding art museums -

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