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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

Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA
The price is NT$3,993 per night from May 12 to May 12
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. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,026 reviews)
"New, modern, great decor, great location, all at a great price!"

Reviewed on 2021/5/5

Hotel Murano
Best Western Plus Seattle/Federal Way
Best Western Plus Seattle/Federal Way
3 out of 5
32124 25th Avenue S, Federal Way, WA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,120 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in the heart of Federal Way, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of The Commons at Federal Way, Federal Way Community Center, and Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection. ...
3.9/5Good! (984 reviews)
"We stayed on the 4th floor. The room is in desperate need of remodel. Wallpaper coming off in several places, electrical outlet not attached well, base molding coming off and something that looks like it came from someone's nose on ceiling in bedroom. Great price but needs work."

Reviewed on 2021/5/2

Best Western Plus Seattle/Federal Way
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Auburn Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Auburn Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
507 C Street SW, Auburn, WA
The price is NT$2,988 per night from May 11 to May 11
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Outlet Collection, Emerald Downs, and Muckleshoot Casino. Wild Waves Water Park and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (129 reviews)
"Property is very very clean, well maintained. Room comfortable and spacious. Breakfast was eggs and sausage with beverages and was served safely in individual containers we took to go. Staff were pleasant. The only 2 concerns we have are #1 when we checked in the associate asked if we needed anything ..."

Reviewed on 2021/5/5

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Auburn Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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.
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
Designer W/ Accessible Kitchen 0 Bedroom Cottage
Designer W/ Accessible Kitchen 0 Bedroom Cottage
1521 South Cedar Street, Tacoma, WA
Located in Central Tacoma, this golf cottage is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from MultiCare Allenmore Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tacoma Dome and Greater Tacoma Convention ...
Designer W/ Accessible Kitchen 0 Bedroom Cottage
Modern Beachfront W/ Ac And Huge Terrace 5 Bedroom Home
Modern Beachfront W/ Ac And Huge Terrace 5 Bedroom Home
6713 Whitman St NE, Tacoma, WA
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dash Point State Park and Caledonia Beach. BJ's Bingo and Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted ...
Modern Beachfront W/ Ac And Huge Terrace 5 Bedroom Home
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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Reviews of Tacoma

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
211
5 - Excellent 21.01593625498008%
4 - Good
454
4 - Good 45.21912350597609%
3 - Okay
285
3 - Okay 28.38645418326693%
2 - Disappointing
34
2 - Disappointing 3.3864541832669324%
1 - Terrible
20
1 - Terrible 1.9920318725099602%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 23, 2020

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

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

Everything was closed due to current health concerns.

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.

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