From Elma, it's 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the east to Tacoma and 65 miles (105 kilometers) to the northeast to Seattle.
While it may be a temptation to simply sit back and relax when vacationing in Elma, remember, Washington Coast's treasure-trove of natural and man-made attractions lie just beyond your doorstep. If you're keen to explore more of the region, you'll find Aberdeen, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the east, and Rochester 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northwest.
About 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the east of Elma is Tacoma, an important regional center which is home to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, LeMay Car Museum and Karpeles Manuscript Museum. If you have enough time, it's worth investigating Cheney Stadium, Tacoma Mall and Camp 6 Logging Museum before you head back to Elma.
Get some down time upon the region's waters with a spot of sailing or surfing.
When planning your trip to Elma, it's handy to remember that the most convenient major airport, Seattle - Tacoma International Airport, is situated in in Seattle, 60 miles (97 kilometers) away.