Tacoma, WA

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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

Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
8402 S Hosmer St, Tacoma, WA
Fully refundable
The price is NT$2,812 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
This family-friendly Tacoma hotel is located near the airport, 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Tacoma Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of LeMay Car Museum and Tacoma Dome. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (413 reviews)
"Our room was fantastic for traveling with 4 kiddos. Service was great. Only thing we didn’t like was the pool was in a separate building and it was COLD. Overall, great place and would stay again"

Reviewed on 2021/10/22

Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,736 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 25
Located in Downtown Tacoma, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Pantages Theater, and Tacoma Art Museum. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (956 reviews)
"Only thing disappointing was paying $18 to parking in their parking lot."

Reviewed on 2021/10/24

Hotel Murano
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
3.5 out of 5
1538 COMMERCE ST, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,734 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Located in Downtown Tacoma, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Tacoma Art Museum, and Tacoma Union Station Rotunda. ...
4/5 Very Good! (205 reviews)
"Hotel was very nice. However parking is expensive considering price of the room. The room matched the photos and appeared high end, but there was garbage in the can when we arrived and there were no liners. The shower door made an awful squeal when moving the door. Overall our stay was great but ..."

Reviewed on 2021/10/19

Marriott Tacoma Downtown
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.
Home2Suites by Hilton Dupont, WA
Home2Suites by Hilton Dupont, WA
3 out of 5
600 Station Drive, Dupont, WA
The price is NT$3,065 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Situated in Dupont, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Fort Lewis Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Home Course Golf Course. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (371 reviews)
"Very clean, spacious rooms, close access to freeway"

Reviewed on 2021/9/3

Home2Suites by Hilton Dupont, WA
Designer W/ Accessible Kitchen 0 Bedroom Cottage
Designer W/ Accessible Kitchen 0 Bedroom Cottage
3.5 out of 5
1521 South Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA
Located in Central Tacoma, this golf cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of MultiCare Allenmore Hospital, 6th Ave, and Tacoma Nature Center. University of Puget Sound ...
Designer W/ Accessible Kitchen 0 Bedroom Cottage
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. Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center and St. Francis ...
Bodhi's BumGalow
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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