Pretty Gritty Tours was founded in 2016 by Chris Staudinger and Tawny Clark. Having spent 10 years as professional investigative travel journalists they finally returned home to the PNW. Tacoma has suffered a long time under a bad reputation but it continues to be one of the most incredible and history rich cities in the US. They began working with a group of guides, artists, and historians who feel that the South Sound is one of the most beautiful and underrepresented parts of the world.
Since then they have been digging deep into the stories, the businesses, and the buildings that make this such an incredible place to visit and sharing those treasures with all of you.
This exciting and dynamic team has worked in the travel industry for over 15 years and has distilled their favorite parts of the travel and tourism industry down to a fun loving company that just wants you to have the best time possible here, whether you are life-long resident or just here for a weekend.
Come with us and explore the pretty and the gritty!
We pride ourselves in the quality and attention to detail with each tour. Our knowledgeable guides are happy to welcome any and all questions. Should you require a private tour, please choose that option under the "Tours" menu. We are happy to cater to all needs and desires.
24 Hours with our founder, Chris Staudinger
(As featured in South Sound Magazine)
South Sound Article
The most fun I have had on a tour in years!
• Videographer of the Year
• Top 100 Travel Writers
• Babton Tour Guide Award
• Tacoma's TOP 50
• USA TODAY
• CAPTAIN & CLARK