The city of Puyallup, WA, is named after the Puyallup tribe of Native Americans, which means “the generous people” in their native language. And the city of 38,609 is certainly inviting for travelers and residents alike. The 13.93-square mile city has seen a 4.3 percent population increase in the past five years, owing to its proximity to Tacoma and the western coast of the state.
The city’s coastal climate means there are many activities for people in Puyallup to do year-round. Summers can be very hot and dry, but when the weather is nice, Puyallup plays host to the largest annual privately run fair in Washington, which is a great way to explore the area. And there are many outdoor public art sites and parks for anyone taking strolls through the city — and during daffodil season in April the city is a floral sight to see.
The west coast is known for its heavy precipitation, especially with its cold and wet winters, but that doesn’t have to stop you from exploring Puyallup’s indoor attractions, such as the Karshner Museum, which serves the Puyallup’s K-12 school district and offers hands-on curricula suggestions to visiting teachers. Or visit founding mayor Ezra Meeker’s Victorian home for some historic architecture.
No matter what you’re interested in, Puyallup has some scenic and exciting attractions for anyone wanting to visit a cozy west coast town, tucked away from the city but still active enough to be an exciting spot.