Tacoma - FURTHER INFORMATION
Tacoma - Tacoma visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Tacoma' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Washington.
Tacoma is a port city on the Puget Sound in Washington Sate in the USA. Lying just over 32 miles southwest of Seattle, Tacoma markets itself as the 'City of Destiny', based on the establishment of the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century.
Before the arrival of Europeans, the area Puyallup River delta around Tacoma was home to the Puyallup Indian peoples who called the area Squa-szucks. Europeans first arrived in the mid 19th century and the city of Tacoma was incorporated in 1875. The port grew but the prominence of Tacoma fell after gold was found in Klondike near Seattle. Thereafter, Tacoma entered a long and protracted period of decline until the late 20th century.
Tacoma - Tourist AttractionsWhile Tacoma is not a major international tourist destination, it does offer some good attractions for visitors. Among the top tourist attractions in and around Tacoma are:
- Wild Waves & Enchanted Village - water and theme park attraction with various rides, antique carousel built in 1906 and entertainment for the whole family.
- W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory - historic glass conservatory found in Tacoma's Wright Park, made of 3,500 panes of glass housing tropical plants.
- Point Defiance Park - 702-acre park containing Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Rose Garden, Rhododendron Garden, the Camp 6 Logging Museum, beaches, trails, a boardwalk, a boathouse, a Washington State Ferries ferry dock, Fort Nisqually and old-growth forest.
- Fort Nisqually Living History Museum - fur-trading era museum located in Point Defiance Park, in a European outpost built by the Hudson Company in 1833.
- Museum of Glass - housed in the International Center for Contemporary Art this is the only museum of contemporary glass art in America.
- Washington State History Museum - museum on the waterfront in down-town Tacoma with Native American art and people, early European settlement, state industry and labour, and geology.
- Tacoma Art Museum - art museum containing over 3,000 pieces of art from world-class artists as well as a good collection of Chihuly glass art.
- Union Station - once the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, this example of Beaux Arts architecture is now the lobby of a Federal Courthouse.
- Working Waterfront Maritime Museum - contains heritage displays of maritime artefacts, children's' activities and the ongoing restoration and construction of small watercraft.
- Mud Mountain Dam - built for flood control in 1948, the area around the dam contains various walking paths.
- Meeker Mansion - located in Puyallup, a late 1800s two storey home is a registered Historic Places and open to the public.
- Tribal Cultural Center and Museum - located in Steilacoom, the museum explains the history and culture of the Steilacoom Indian Tribe with various changing exhibits.
- Fox Island - accessible by bridge, this Puget Sound island an Historical Museum and various walks.
- Brown's Point Lighthouse & Cottage - lighthouse built in 1903 overlooking Commencement Bay and associated museum in the cottage.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Tacoma is on the I5, about 30 miles south of Seattle and 142 miles north of Portland.
Flight: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, King County International Airport and Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base.
Train: Tacoma Amtrak Station with trains to Seattle, Olympia, Centrealia, Kelso, Vancouver and Portland.