Welcome to Tacoma, Washington
Known to locals as the “City of Destiny” or “Grit City”, Tacoma is bursting with authentic personality. Bordered on three sides by the Puget Sound, maritime trade influenced the development of the city and remains significant today. From the working international port, to the lively and accessible waterfront recreational activities, Tacoma wouldn’t be the city it is if not for the South Puget Sound. Locals here are friendly and welcoming, and have a fierce pride for their city. Let us show you why Tacoma has been called a hidden gem, and how to get the most out of this reinvigorating city.
Things to do
The gorgeous summer weather is a well kept Washington secret - take advantage of the sun by getting outside and enjoying the naturally stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Go kayaking, padleboarding, parasailing, scuba diving, ride a bike, play in a splash pad, or walk along the waterfront of Ruston Way or the Thea Foss Waterway. Hike the wooded trails of Point Defiance Park, or take a family outing to the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. If you've got a day to spare, you can't miss Mount Rainier. Tacoma is the closest major city to the mountain which offers hikes, waterfalls, campsites, horseback rides, scenic drives, and gondola rides.
Tacoma's downtown core is lined with museums, making it world class art easily accessible in a central location. Discover creative culture, exquisite glass, timeless history, classic automobiles, family fun and maritime heritage in Tacoma’s Museum District. LeMay – America’s Car Museum is a must see for revheads, while the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum provides insight into the history and evolution of Tacoma's waterfront. The Museum District is also home to walkable dining and shopping, and is serviced by the free-to-ride Tacoma Link rail.
Have you heard of the historic Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Galloping Gertie? Want to squeeze a golfing getaway into your Tacoma experience? Our local experts have curated one, two, and three day long itineraries focused on the things which make Tacoma and Pierce County unique.
Craft Beer and Distilling
Tacoma and Pierce County are home to award winning craft breweries and distilleries. If you enjoy a uniquely delicious cocktail or pint of locally brewed beer, you won't want to miss out on what the region has to offer. Visit Heritage Distilling in nearby Gig Harbor for award winning spirits. Tacoma has plenty of accessible breweries in the downtown area, many of which you can walk to from downtown hotels. Local tip: grab a South Sound Craft Crawl passport to guide you through the tap rooms.
Waterfront Dining and Unique Eats
Two things Tacoma does really well - dining with a view, and quirky eating spots. There's a host of waterfront dining options, many of which are located along the Ruston Way waterfront and Point Ruston (where the WWSRC finals will be held!). And if you're looking to step out of the box with your dinner selection, try The Red Hot for creative hot dogs, Ice Cream Social for artisan ice cream featuring unique flavors, or Stink for hand cured meats and cheese. Traveling with vegetarians? Quickie Too is a 100% vegan diner serving comfort food dishes sans animal products, while Happy Belly offers a vegetarian focused menu with animal protein options available.
Coffee culture is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest. The caffeinated beverage is a staple in the daily routine of many Tacomans, so naturally there are a ton of places to grab a latte, or an iced macchiato, or a nitro cold brew... You can't go wrong with these local recommendations!
Need a pet friendly hotel? Looking for the best seafood in town? Want a destination guide mailed to you free of charge? Our Visitor Information staff is available to answer questions and provide insight to the area.
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