2017 Solar Eclipse in Tacoma

Just passing through?

If you're heading south down I-5 on your way to see the 100% view of the solar eclipse in Oregon, Tacoma is almost exactly halfway to your destination. You're halfway there, so why not stop, grab a bite to eat and stretch your legs?

While you're here...

Pick up a free pair of eclipse-viewing glasses

Eclipse viewing glasses
Available on Aug. 19 at our Visitor Information Center. One per person.
 

Grab a bite to eat

Tacoma is just off the I-5 freeway (exit 132), and here you'll find some of the freshest Pacific Northwest fare, and craft beers often brewed just a couple blocks away:
Insider tip: Try the PB&B (peanut butter, bacon, and bacon butter) burger, which pairs perfectly with their Point Defiance Learn More...
Insider tip: Try the Award-Winning Clam Chowder during their daily happy hour from 3-6 and 9-close. Learn More...
Insider tip: You'll love the "Louie Louie" dungeness crab + prawn salad paired with a light 253 Pilsner from local 7 Seas Learn More...

Stretch your legs

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but you're about to hit one of the biggest traffic jams in Oregon's history, so you might want to take a few minutes to stretch your legs while you can. We recommend:
They don't call it Five-Mile Drive for nothing, and it's not just for cars. Here you'll miles and miles of trails, and Learn More...
There's nearly two miles of walking trail that are dotted by a series of small, peaceful parks directly on the waterfront. Learn More...
Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma is lined with historic buildings that have been turned into cool clothing boutiques, Learn More...

Spend an hour

Since you're already in a city that has one of the most walkable museum districts in the country, the largest automotive museum in North America, and has been listed as one of Forbes's top destinations in the world for art, it'd be a shame to not see even museum.

Tacoma Art Museum is dedicated to connecting people through art, and showcasing and collecting Northwest art. The Learn More...
The Museum of Glass dominates the skyline with its 90-foot angled silver cone which houses a working Hot Shop amphitheater Learn More...
America's Car Museum spotlights America’s love affair with the car. It explores how cars shaped our society. Learn More...
Discover the stories of Washington's past. Explore and be entertained while you learn about our state's unique people and Learn More...
Foss Waterway Seaport is Tacoma's century-old restored shipping warehouse and maritime heritage educational center. Learn More...
The nation's only pay-as-you-will children's museum, the Children's Museum of Tacoma engages young children and their adult Learn More...

Spend the night

In Central Oregon, you'll see 100% of the solar eclipse. In Pierce County, you'll see 94%. If you get this far, and realize that that last 6% isn't worth spending the better part of a day on the road and the better part of a paycheck on a hotel, we invite you to check out our accommodations that provide not just a cool atmosphere and a relaxing experience, but also a great value. And they're all conveniently located just off I-5.

Tacoma 

Tacoma's glass-art boutique hotel features immaculate rooms, and glass art by a different world-renowned artist on each Learn More...
Right next to the Tacoma Dome and America's Car Museum. Learn More...
Stay downtown, just steps away from Tacoma's corporate centers, attractions, shops and restaurants. Learn More...
Upscale. Downtown. Located in the heart of Tacoma's financial and theater districts. Learn More...

DuPont

Adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray and ideally situated in the master-planned community of DuPont Learn More...
Across from Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Liberty Inn offers 72 luxurious hotel rooms featuring high-speed, Wi-Fi Learn More...

Fife

The Travelodge Port of Tacoma hotel near downtown Tacoma and the Tacoma Dome is conveniently located off Interstate 5 and Learn More...
The Entertainment Capital of the Northwest! Whether you're looking for an escape from the every day, or a fun-filled Learn More...

Lakewood

Welcome to the Best Western Lakewood Motor Inn! Quiet and clean rooms with a colonial setting will make you feel right at Learn More...
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tacoma South - Lakewood is the newest Holiday Inn Express in the Tacoma area. Conveniently Learn More...