TacomaUnited States of America

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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

Tacoma featuring interior views

New Tacoma

3.5/5Good!(538 area reviews)

If you're spending time in New Tacoma, check out sights like Tacoma Dome or Port of Tacoma and hop on the metro to see more the city at Commerce Street Station or Theater District Station.

New Tacoma
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South Tacoma

3.5/5Good!(150 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in South Tacoma, Tacoma Mall and Cheney Stadium are top sights worth seeing.

South Tacoma
I took this last Monday while in Tacoma.  Perfect water for some great light reflections.
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North End

5/5Exceptional!(24 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North End, 6th Ave and Job Carr Cabin Museum are top sights worth seeing.

North End
#Trovember #Food
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South End

2.5/5(235 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in South End and surrounding area, you can visit Tacoma Mall and Tacoma Dome.

South End
A blast from the past and fixture in Tacoma.
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Central Tacoma

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While visiting Central Tacoma, you might make a stop by sights like 6th Ave and Tacoma Nature Center.

Central Tacoma
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium which includes marine life

West End

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

While visiting West End, you might make a stop by sights like Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Point Defiance Park.

West End

Top Hotels in Tacoma

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA
NT$2,649
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in New Tacoma, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Pantages Theater, and Tacoma Art Museum. Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,061 reviews)

"The lobby area was beautiful with multiple seating areas and a fireplace. Beautiful art work everywhere and relaxing seating areas on two mezzanine floors. The restaurant was very nice and there was a patio off of that area leading to a pavillion. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our room and ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/24

Hotel Murano
Tacoma Dome Hotel
Tacoma Dome Hotel
3 out of 5
2611 E E St, Tacoma, WA
NT$2,726
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in New Tacoma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Freighthouse Square and Tacoma Dome. Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center is 1.2 mi (2 km) ...

3.8/5Good! (2,100 reviews)

"Easy access to convention center and good restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/18

Tacoma Dome Hotel
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle
3 out of 5
1425 E 27th St, Tacoma, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$2,707
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in New Tacoma, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Freighthouse Square and Tacoma Dome. Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (733 reviews)

"The staff was very nice. The pool was closed (seasonal) but other than hat our experience was fabulous."…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/22

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle

Popular things to do in Tacoma

Tacoma Dome
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Tacoma Dome

4/5(1,059 reviews)

Catch an event at Tacoma Dome during your trip to Tacoma. Amble around this family-friendly area's waterfront or experience its acclaimed theater scene.

Crystal Mountain Resort
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Crystal Mountain Resort

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Hit the slopes in Washington’s largest ski area and admire the striking views of nearby Mount Rainier.

Crystal Mountain
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Crystal Mountain

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Crystal Mountain, a popular spot to commune with nature in Enumclaw. Discover the mountain views in this family-friendly area, or seek out the ski slopes.

Puyallup Fairgrounds
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Puyallup Fairgrounds

4/5(157 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Puyallup Fairgrounds, a well-known attraction in Puyallup. Experience the area's entertainment choices and acclaimed theater scene.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
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Tacoma Narrows Bridge

4/5(94 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Tacoma when you stop by Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Wander the waterfront in this family-friendly area.

Tacoma Art Museum
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Tacoma Art Museum

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Don’t miss one of Tacoma’s top cultural attractions, which is among the most prestigious museums in the Northwest region.

Reviews of Tacoma

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
205
5 - Excellent 21.199586349534645%
4 - Good
436
4 - Good 45.08790072388832%
3 - Okay
274
3 - Okay 28.335056876938985%
2 - Disappointing
33
2 - Disappointing 3.4126163391933817%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.9648397104446742%

4/5 - Good

Jeff

Feb 18, 2020

Glass museum is great. Bowling alley in Proctor District is a lot of fun.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

It was good.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Great time with my wife

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Tacoma appears to be a city in transition. Gems like point Ruston, Rhein Hays and the McMenamins Elks lodge are wonderful. The many closed or struggling businesses downtown... not so much.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

It is a beautiful city.

2/5 - Disappointing

MHanna

Feb 3, 2020

I’ve never really liked Tacoma, not many people do. It’s not very safe and can be scary at times. It seems unclean and always smells bad. Seattle isn’t much better either though. But Tacoma just seems worse. I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t have to.

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