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 $101 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! (414 reviews)
"The staff is very kind and helpful!"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA
The price is $132 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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 Oct 24, 2021

Hotel Murano
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
3.5 out of 5
1538 COMMERCE ST, Tacoma, WA
The price is $134 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. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (206 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 Oct 19, 2021

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 $110 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! (372 reviews)
"Very clean, spacious rooms, close access to freeway"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Home2Suites by Hilton Dupont, WA
ELEGANT DOWNTOWN TACOMA HOME UNIT A
ELEGANT DOWNTOWN TACOMA HOME UNIT A
Tacoma, WA
Located in New Tacoma, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of St. Joseph Medical Center, Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, and Children's ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Loved The house an new renovations made to it
"Was very cozy welcoming home exactly what my family needed"

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

ELEGANT DOWNTOWN TACOMA HOME UNIT A
Great Lakefront Home,  Steel Lake, Home Sweet Home
Great Lakefront Home, Steel Lake, Home Sweet Home
Federal Way, WA
This family-friendly Federal Way vacation home is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of The Commons at Federal Way and Federal Way Community Center. Wild ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (67 reviews)
Convenience with a view
"We stayed at Kathy’s place for a long weekend and had a wonderful time! Location was perfect! Convenient to food, shopping, airport, etc! Yet it felt like we were tucked away as we enjoyed hanging out in the deck overlooking the beautiful lake. Kathy was great to work with! Thank you!!!"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Great Lakefront Home, Steel Lake, Home Sweet 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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