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TacomaUnited States of America

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 which includes a city

New Tacoma

3.5/5Good!(583 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!(157 area reviews)

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

South Tacoma
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South End

2.5/5(262 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
I took this last Monday while in Tacoma.  Perfect water for some great light reflections.

North End

5/5Exceptional!(25 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
A blast from the past and fixture in Tacoma.

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
Massive new cranes for the ever busy Port of Tacoma

Northeast Tacoma

If you're spending some time in Northeast Tacoma, Port of Tacoma and Caledonia Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Northeast Tacoma

Top Hotels in Tacoma

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Federal Way
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Federal Way
3 out of 5
31611 Pete Von Reichbauer Way South, Federal Way, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,970 per night

Located in the heart of Federal Way, this hotel is 5.1 mi (8.2 km) from Emerald Downs and within 12 mi (20 km) of Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village ...

4.3/5Excellent! (337 reviews)

"The staff is so friendly and welcoming. It was a positive experience to speak with the lovely lady at the front desk. She has a bright smile, cheerful attitude, and is very professional. The decor is so beautiful! Great color scheme and large windows to view the park outside and a great view of majestic ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/5/13

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Seattle Federal Way
Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA

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! (2,127 reviews)

"We stayed right before the Corona virus shut down so it wasn't very busy. The lobby is very clean and bright. Within walking distance to many places. Nice view."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/17

Hotel Murano
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$2,970 per night

Located in the heart of Puyallup, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Puyallup Fairgrounds, South Hill Mall, and Pierce College. Mike N Terry's Outdoor Fun Park ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,069 reviews)

"everything was great except the parking was very tight and luckily we didn't have a trailer this year"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/10

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton-Tacoma/Puyallup, WA

Popular places to visit in Tacoma

Tacoma Dome
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Tacoma Dome

4/5(1,070 reviews)

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

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(31 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

4.5/5(163 reviews)

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

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
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Tacoma Narrows Bridge

4/5(102 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(37 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
210
5 - Excellent 21%
4 - Good
453
4 - Good 45.3%
3 - Okay
284
3 - Okay 28.4%
2 - Disappointing
33
2 - Disappointing 3.3%
1 - Terrible
20
1 - Terrible 2%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

It is very pretty, however due to the virus most places were closed

1/5 - Terrible

Tab

May 2, 2020

The down town industrial district is nice and they have good food if you look for it. But overall Tacoma is not a place to stop.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 24, 2020

Love the vastness and beautiful views.

5/5 - Excellent

Sel

Mar 16, 2020

Beautiful.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 3, 2020

Not a fan of tacoma but came for a weddig. This was a great location for where we needed to be and easy freeway access.

4/5 - Good

Lori

Mar 1, 2020

Oscar’s Annex was a great spot for brunch!

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