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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle
2.5 out of 5
1425 E 27th St, Tacoma, WA, 98421
The price is $94 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
$94
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Tacoma. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,042 reviews)
"Great room & exceptional staff!"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tacoma - Seattle
Hotel Murano
Hotel Murano
4.5 out of 5
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, WA, 98402
The price is $112 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20
$112
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tacoma. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,077 reviews)
Nice hotel
"Lit parking was nice even though I had to pay. Glad they said up front the rooms wouldn’t be cleaned daily unless I made arrangements."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Hotel Murano
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
Marriott Tacoma Downtown
3.5 out of 5
1538 COMMERCE ST, Tacoma, WA, 98402
The price is $110 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
$110
per night
Feb 20 - Feb 21
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tacoma. Enjoy an outdoor pool, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (433 reviews)
Perfect
"Amazing view, beautiful and clean"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

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.
DOWNTOWN TACOMA HOUSE OF GRAY #3
DOWNTOWN TACOMA HOUSE OF GRAY #3
Tacoma, WA
Stay at this vacation home in Tacoma. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Children's Museum of Tacoma and Broadway Center for the Performing ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (23 reviews)
"Everything was very good, we loved staying at this property, very clean and very convenient."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2023

DOWNTOWN TACOMA HOUSE OF GRAY #3
Mrs Jensen's Bakery Suite... a very sweet suite
Mrs Jensen's Bakery Suite... a very sweet suite
Tacoma, WA
Stay at this apartment in Tacoma. Enjoy WiFi, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions Wright Park and W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory are located nearby. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Lovely
"I really enjoyed my stay at The Bakery. It was comfortable and was perfect for my weekend away."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Mrs Jensen's Bakery Suite... a very sweet suite
Cozy Quiet Rooms In Safe Neighborhood
Cozy Quiet Rooms In Safe Neighborhood
83rd Ave Ct E, Puyallup, WA, 98371
Stay at this business-friendly residence in Puyallup. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Pacific Slot Car Raceways and BJ's Bingo ...
Cozy Quiet Rooms In Safe Neighborhood
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.

Popular places to visit

Things to do

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Tacoma

Cities near Tacoma