Here you will find a pleasant contrast to expectations of a polluted industrial wasteland. Commencement Bay has a bit of everything.
There are the wooded bluffs of Point Defiance, the “downtown” feel of the Thea Foss Waterway with its yachts and workboats, the melancholy quiet along the slag shores of the abandoned Asarco smelter site, and the intense activity of loading and off-loading ships in one of the busiest ports in the Northwest. Within the bay and adjacent waterways is enough to fill many days of exploration.
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