New + Future Developments

There is always something in the works in Tacoma + Pierce County

Learn about the latest developments and discover what's coming soon: hotels, attractions, museums and more are being planned and constructed for you to visit in the coming years. Stay in the loop with the latest information on new and future developments in the region.

Spring/Summer 2019

  • McMenamins Elks Temple opens in April – The long-awaited McMenamins Elks Temple property opens for business April 24, 2019, making it the only McMenamins hotel property north of Centralia and south of Bothell. And, as is standard with McMenamins, there’s a heavy focus on entertainment, good times and secret bars. True, it’s a 45-guestroom hotel, but the Elks Lodge experience will center around its epic live music venue (the 700-person-capacity Spanish Ballroom), the bars (all five, including the tiki bar with “interactive waterfall fountain” and the hidden bar), the beers (seven-barrel brewery with 16-tap tasting room) and the ambiance (the best collection of lighting fixtures on the West Coast). (Image attached)
  • Wilson Way connects the Tacoma waterfront to Point Defiance Park  - Metro Parks Tacoma is expecting to unveil Wilson Way in the spring (date TBA). Wilson Way is an elevated pedestrian bridge that will connect the Ruston Way Waterfront Trail to Five-Mile Drive in Point Defiance Park, creating a 7-mile, woods-to-waterfront trail right in the middle of Tacoma. The 50-foot bridge will offer some of the best views of Commencement Bay with Mount Rainier in the background, as well as stairway and series of slides down to the waterfront below.
  • The Great Race wraps around Rainier, finishes in Tacoma – One of the most important timed automobile races in the country, The Great Race, has chosen a route in 2019 that will put the entire last leg in the Tacoma and Mount Rainier area, June 29-30.  An automotive enthusiast's dream, The Great Race features some of the most historic, collectible, awe-inspiring vehicles in the country competing in a timed race from Southern California to Tacoma. The last stage of the race starts in Spanaway at the largest collection of classic vehicles in the world (LeMay Collections at Marymount) and proceeds along a scenic route around Mount Rainier to the finish line at the largest automotive museum in North America (LeMay - America's Car Museum). There will be free events at both locations, where the public can meet the drivers and check out their beautiful machines. Along the way, spectators can watch a procession of these automobiles as they make their way to the finish line.