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.

Pacific Seas Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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 Waterfront

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

Point Ruston - Wheel Fun Bike and Surrey Rentals

Waterfront dining

Seafood that’s fresh, not farmed. Beef that’s 100% Grass-Fed. All natural ingredients with... More

Boathouse 19 is a casual waterfront restaurant specializing in regional American cuisine. It... More

Harbor Lights is located on scenic Ruston Way, overlooking Commencement Bay in Tacoma. For... More

Katie Downs is a great Northwest-themed waterfront tavern and eatery specializing in... More

Voted the 2014 Best Restaurant and Service for the South Sound, by South Sound Magazine.... More

craft beer

Discover local breweries and collect stamps for a unique prize. More

Drink local; drink Pierce County craft beer More

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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
LeMay- Family Collection at Marymount

Nearby Attractions

Nature + garden lover's paradise, overlooking Gravelly Lake, offering an inspirational... More

Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington is the largest park in the city. The 340-acre... More

his popular 5-acre park is located on the north shore of American Lake. More

Nearby towns

Itinerary Suggested Season: Spring-Summer-Fall - Morning: We’ll take advantage of all the... More

Outdoor sculpture park and guided audio tour More

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

Nearby Attractions

The historic Fife Dacca Barn was constructed in 1964 for the Dacca Family who farmed the... More

Explore the diverse and rich cultures that shaped the city of Fife as we know it today.... More

Retro Dining

PICK-QUICK Drive In is proud to put the freshest ingredients in everything we serve, from... More

Serving great American food since 1933. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, banquets and cocktails,... More

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. 

The Great Race

LeMay Meetings

LeMay America's Car Museum

Nearby Attractions

Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is an anchor in the city’s downtown and a gathering space for... More

All glass, all the time. Experience contemporary glass art in a breathtakingly beautiful... More

LeMay – America’s Car Museum, an entity of America’s Automotive Trust , is an... More

The mission of the Foss Waterway Seaport is to celebrate Tacoma's rich maritime heritage... More

Discover the stories of Washington's past. Explore and be entertained while you learn about... More

We offer "pay as you will" so that all families can come to the Children's Museum of Tacoma.... More

Free Rides

Hop on downtown Tacoma’s FREE light rail service with stops at the Tacoma Dome, museum... More