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Point Defiance Park, Tacoma Washington

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Point Defiance Park, a gallery on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Point Defiance Park was named one of the 2011 America’s Great Places by the American Planning Association. Described by one Tacoma resident as having "the beauty and adventure of a national park within minutes from home," Point Defiance juxtaposes urbanity with wilderness, and scenic views with volunteerism. Authors of the park’s original 1911 master plan noted that the area’s vistas were "as beautiful as views over land and water as can be seen in this or foreign lands" and found the mountainscape "toward the great Olympic range with its snow-capped peaks glistening in the sunshine … to be equal to view[s] in Italy and the Mediterranean."

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