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Tacoma, WA
Travel Guide

Tacoma showing a city, a bay or harbor and a marina

Visit Tacoma to see stunning glass art and excellent museums. Explore nearby majestic Mount Rainier or a large urban park on Puget Sound. 

Tacoma has transformed itself from its industrial roots into a uniquely enjoyable destination for visitors. Discover a thriving arts scene. Spend time in verdant city parks and gardens or visit nearby Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Enjoy international cuisine and explore boutique shopping districts.

Marvel at the walk along Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot (150-meter) overpass with over 2,000 displayed glass figures and models. Follow the walkway to the Museum of Glass where you’ll find a stunning range of translucent art. Make your own objets d’art at the Glassblowing Studio. Continue to the Tacoma Art Museum, where exhibits range from Native American artifacts to contemporary installations.

Ride the Tacoma Link, a low-cost light rail line serving the main routes around town. One popular stop is the Washington State Museum, which describes life in early frontier towns. A good bus service runs around the rest of Tacoma.

Head to Wright Park where the stunning W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory holds over 250 plant species. Travel a short way north to Point Defiance Park on Puget Sound. At 100 years old and 700 acres (280 hectares) in area, it is one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the United States. Visit Point Defiance Zoo, where you can ride a camel or encounter a polar bear.

Discover real wilderness by walking the trails in nearby Mount Rainier National Park. The shady paths on this volcanic mountain are the perfect place to come on a hot summer day, while in winter you can ski down the slopes.

Return to town for modern luxuries. Look for bargains in the shops of Proctor and Stadium districts and complete your day in a lively bar or restaurant on 6th Avenue. Sample local specialties: Washington cherries, Almond Roca, locally roasted coffee, Dungeness crab, oysters and rhubarb pie.

Fly into Sea-Tac International Airport, 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Tacoma and 12 miles (19 kilometers) south of Seattle, a pleasant daytrip destination.

Where to stay in Tacoma

Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
1538 COMMERCE ST, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,825 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Downtown Tacoma, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Dome, and Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Emerald Queen ...
4.1/5Very Good! (53 reviews)
"I loved the design and feel of the hotel! My favorite part of my room was the bathroom: vanity lighting was amazing and the shower design was top notch. Room was missing a few details that I would have liked (i.e. having a welcome booklet that shows what amenities are available and on which floors). ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/17

Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown
3 out of 5
1515 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,825 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in Downtown Tacoma, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Dome, and Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Emerald Queen ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (499 reviews)
"This was the first time staying anywhere since March 2020 so it would've been hard for me to be disappointed. But everything was great. If there was any "complaint," and this is more of a note, I do wish the in-hotel restaurant had a greater selection of things to eat. I have some dietary restrictions ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Tacoma/Puyallup, WA
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Tacoma/Puyallup, WA
2.5 out of 5
1515 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA
The price is NT$2,578 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in the heart of Puyallup, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital and Puyallup Fairgrounds. South Hill Mall and Pierce ...
4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Was a nice stay but the parking lot was full."

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Tacoma/Puyallup, WA
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Bodhi's BumGalow
Bodhi's BumGalow
3.5 out of 5
6624 Whitman Street Northeast, Tacoma, WA
Situated in Tacoma, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dash Point State Park and Caledonia Beach. Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village and BJ's ...
Bodhi's BumGalow
Spacious and Elegant Home for Families
Spacious and Elegant Home for Families
3 out of 5
3524 55th Avenue Northeast, Tacoma, WA
Located in Northeast Tacoma, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Dash Point State Park. ...
Spacious and Elegant Home for Families
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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