Three Days of Attractions: Your Pass to Exploration and Savings
The Mountain – City – Sea Attraction Pass is three days of excitement, education and adventure at a discount. From mountaintop exploration to sea-level wonderment, it’s a package of seven of Pierce County’s top attractions at a 40% discount.
Start by learning more and buying your pass here, and then get ready to experience the Mountain, the City and the Sea.
Day 1: Mountain
Get an early start and head to the Mount Rainier Gondola (approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day in the summer; November through April in the winter; check crystalmountainresort.com for details and updates) at Crystal Mountain Resort. The gondola will take you to the highest-elevation restaurant in Washington State – the Summit House at 6,872 feet – where you’ll enjoy a savory meal with a side of the best views of Mount Rainier anywhere. Don’t miss out on some of the hiking through wildflowers at the Crystal Mountain summit in the summer, or snowshoeing in the winter.
Set off back toward Tacoma, but stop on the way at the LeMay Collections at Marymount in Spanaway, the largest collection of automobiles in the Pacific Northwest. This sprawling and historic campus is a former convent and boys’ military academy, but is now home to more than 1,500 vintage vehicles, a massive collection of Americana and memorabilia, a Rodin sculpture garden and much more.
After a day of hiking an exploration, you’ve earned a relaxing evening and night of rest at your hotel.
Day 2: City
Today is where you explore the medium that put the Pacific Northwest on the world’s art radar (studio glass) and the history of the Great State of Washington.
Start the day with coffee at Anthem Coffee & Tea on Pacific Avenue before diving into your first stop: Tacoma Art Museum. There, don’t miss the Haub Collection of art of the American West, one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind anywhere in the world. The Benaroya Wing, opened in 2019, focuses on glass art and artists from the Pilchuck School, which Dale Chihuly opened to be a mecca for the medium.
Next, cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass to the Museum of Glass. Spend some time admiring the artists at work in the hot shop located inside The Cone, and tour the current exhibitions. If inspiration has struck, your Mountain – City – Sea Pass includes a discount to Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, so you can have a session with a local artist who can help you craft your own glass-art masterpiece.
Enjoy lunch along downtown's historic Pacific Avenue, where you can choose between upscale classic American, Asian fusion, Hawaiian, Thai, delicious craft pizza and many more.
The last stop today is the sprawling Washington State History Museum, where you’ll be surrounded by the artifacts and stories that made Washington State the place it is today. Through interactive exhibits, collections, traveling exhibitions, and artifacts, take a step back in time to appreciate the contributions of those who came before, and the impact Washington has had on the country and the world.
After a long day of museums, learning and experiencing, relax at your hotel and get ready for tomorrow.
Day 3: Sea
Start at the Foss Waterway Seaport, Tacoma’s hands-on center for maritime heritage and education. Tacoma’s connection to the sea has always been strong – we were founded as the place where rails meet sails - and the touch tanks, boat-building exhibitions, scuba-diving collections and educational programming will reinforce that connection with awe.
While you're exploring the waterfront, don't miss the opportunity to have lunch there. More than half a dozen restaurants are set up along the waterfront, offering some of the freshest seafood the Pacific has to offer.
Just up the waterway and into Point Defiance Park, more history awaits at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. A dedicated cast of staff and volunteers give a period-accurate feel for what life was like in the fort’s 1850s heyday, with blacksmithing, weaving, crafts and work demonstrations. Two National Historic Landmarks within the fort provide the backdrop for an afternoon of learning through seeing.
Once you've had your fill of history, there's plenty more to discover at Point Defiance Park. Sunbathe, play in the sand or rent a kayak at Owen Beach. Take a drive, bike or walk around Five-Mile Drive, the woodlands trail circling the perimeter of the park, featuring views of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Gig Harbor and Commencement Bay. Explore the gardens of Point Defiance Park, including the Rose Garden, Fuchsia Garden, Dahlia Test Garden, Herb Garden, Japanese Garden and Rhododendron Garden.