The Perfect Escape
The Great Race in Pierce County June 28-30
This June, the Great Race will be brings classic cars into downtown Tacoma, a city known for its love of all things chrome. The timed race from Richmond, California will hold its grand finale at the nation’s largest car museum.
Don’t limit yourself to that car show when there is so much to enjoy here in Pierce County. Here are some ideas to extend your stay and get the most out of your experience.
Friday, June 28
Scenic beauty at Point Defiance Park
Enjoy your first day in Pierce County by having a relaxing lunch at one of our area’s many locally sourced restaurants, and exploring Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park. This 700-acre park is unique in that it is an urban park with old growth forest, it is also one of the largest urban parks in the country.
Point Defiance Park
In addition to the beauty of the forest, beaches and multiple Northwest gardens, Point Defiance Park also hosts two major attractions: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is one of the world’s few combined zoos and aquariums. New to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is their Pacific Seas Aquarium, where you can get an up-close look at giant sea turtles, octopuses, hammerhead sharks and hypnotic jellyfish.
Get a peek at what life looks like under the ruins Tacoma's famous galloping Gertie bridge.
Also inside Point Defiance Park is Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Here you can explore the first European Settlement in the Puget Sound region.
Tacoma's Ruston Way and Point Ruston is a stunning 3-mile walkway complete with Puget Sound views, delicious dining options and unique parks. Spend 30 minutes or all day exploring Tacoma's truly memorable waterfront. The waterfront walk starts at the south end at the Chinese Reconciliation Park, Fuzou Ting, with its winding walkways, bridge and pagoda. From there stroll through Jack Hyde Park and along the waterfront to find multiple waterfront dining experiences and some of the freshest seafood around. On the north end is Point Ruston, with restaurants, local merchants and a bike and surrey rental.
Saturday, June 29
Great Race Rally at LeMay – Family Collection at Marymount
See the racing cars as they get ready to embark on their final leg of the race. In addition to the Great Race cars on display, the Family Collection at Marymount has 500 unique vehicles. This enormous collection of collector cars, movie cars and even the odd stiletto shoe shaped car are all housed in an historic boys military academy, which makes exploring the museum especially memorable.
Wander the grounds to find hidden gems like an outdoor sculpture garden and other quirky treasure you have to see to believe.
Visitors will be able to sign up to take a Ford Model-T driving class to learn what it takes to handle one of America’s first automobiles.
LeMay- Family Collection at Marymount
Sunday, June 30
Fife Family Affair Car Show
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
At Dacca Park
In its 13th year, the Fife Family Car show is a snapshot of the home spun charm of Fife. Check out the nearby Fife History Museum, and get a taste of Fife's retro flair at The Poodle Dog or Pick-Quick Drive-In
The Great Race Grand Finish
The Great Race Grand Finish starts at 1:30 p.m. at LeMay - America's Car Museum.
Watch the winners as they drive across the finish line. Meet with the racers and see their cars up close. Enjoy the nearby Shine Time Car Show, and Taste The Race food truck festival and beer garden. America's Car Museum is the largest automotive museum in North America. Whether you are reliving childhood road trips, or joining your family playing the museum's slot car track, take some time to explore the 165,000 square foot museum that currently houses 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Now on display is the original Bullitt mustang from the 1968 film, Bullitt staring Steve McQueen.
LeMay America's Car Museum