The Best Places to Photograph in Tacoma and Pierce County

Discover the most photogenic, unique places - including some hidden gems - that will turn a weekend trip into Instagram gold!

As the saying goes, if there aren’t pics, it didn’t happen. So when you visit the Tacoma area, of course you’ll want photos of iconic Mount Rainier and downtown’s Bridge of Glass. Then take the less-traveled route to find the natural scenery, art and architecture that you and your camera will love. Share your photos and use #TravelTacoma for the chance to be featured.

Visit our hotels page for suggestions on planning an overnight stay. You’ll need to be well rested for activities and lesser-known selfie spots that include:

Nature

Point Defiance Park’s Japanese garden, rose garden and Five-Mile Drive
Point Defiance Park Rose Garden
 
W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma’s Wright Park
W.W. Seymour Conservatory
 
Narrows Beach Park (1502 Lucille Pkwy. NW, Gig Harbor)
Narrows Park
 
 

Views

Les Davis Pier on Ruston Way, Tacoma
Les Davis Pier in Tacoma, Washington
 
Tacoma hotels: Hotel Murano (1320 Broadway) and Silver Cloud Inn (2317 Ruston Way)
Hotel Murano lobby
 
Tacoma Art Museum Second-floor balcony (1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma)
View from Tacoma Art Museum balcony
 
Murray Morgan Bridge (11th Street & Pacific Avenue)
Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma, Washington, with Mount Rainier in the background
 
Stanley & Seafort's restaurant (115 E. 34th St., Tacoma)
Stanley and Seafort's view
 
Mount Rainier views from Bonney Lake (State Route 410) or Orting (State Route 162)
 

Murals & Street Art

Opera Alley (Court C from S. 7th Street to St. Helens Avenue, downtown Tacoma)
Opera Ally in Tacoma
 
Craft.19 espresso (1201 Main St., Sumner)
Sumner Live Like the Mountain Is Out Mural
 
Umbrella wall (216 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma)
 
Mountain mural on Stadium Way, below the Union Club (539 Broadway, Tacoma)
 

Architecture

Domed pedestrian bridge (923 Commerce St., Tacoma)
 
Stadium High School (111 N. E St., Tacoma)
Stadium High School
 
Union Station (17th & Pacific Ave., Tacoma)
Glass Art at Union Station
 

Mount Rainier National Park (no hiking boots needed!)

Sunrise Point, the park’s highest point accessible by car
 
Reflection Lakes, State Route 706 and the Nisqually entrance
Reflection Lake at Mount Rainier
 
Tipsoo Lake, just below Chinook Pass on State Route 410
Tipsoo Lake at Mount Rainier
 

Out and About

Watson’s Greenhouse (6211 Pioneer Way E., Puyallup)
 
Antique shops in Puyallup and Tacoma
Antique Row Tacoma, Washington
 
Fluent Steps sculpture behind Museum of Glass (1801 Dock St., Tacoma)
Museum of Glass - Fluent Steps in Tacoma, Washington