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Top notch museums + cultural attractions, parks, recreation, dining, + shopping. Whether you live in Tacoma, you're visiting for the first time, or thinking about relocating to Tacoma, there are always new things to discover about our city.
Our goal is to provide you with information about Tacoma's many facets -- its climate and environment, local government, neighborhoods, business districts, schools, transportation system, and even some of its history.
The name Tacoma stems from the Indian name for Mt. Rainier, 'Tacobet,' meaning Mother of the Waters.
'City of Destiny' became Tacoma's moniker when it was designated as the Northern Pacific Railroad's western terminus for its transcontinental railroad in 1987.
The Port of Tacoma is the 6th largest container port in North America, covering over 2,400 acres, and ranks in the top 25 for worldwide container trade. Tacoma is home to Point Defiance Park - at 698 acres is among the top 20 largest urban parks in the US. The park features a replica of Fort Nisqually circa 1855, Camp Six Logging Museum, rose, rhododendron, and Japanese garden displays, 14 miles of hiking trails and a five-mile scenic drive through a coastal forest of fir, cedar, hemlock and giant native rhododendrons and viewpoints of the Puget Sound and surrounding areas.