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The population of this area of Puget Sound is roughly 200,000.
Olympia, the state capital, is roughly 25 miles southwest of Tacoma, while Vashon Island is 11 miles to the north.
Taking in renowned attractions like the Museum of Glass is one of the most special parts of traveling, so be sure not to pass up the opportunity!
The Puyallup Fairgrounds and the Children's Museum of Tacoma are magical places to take some quality time with the children. For more fun with the family, head on to Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village and Federal Way Community Center.
If you're into native and exotic animals, put the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium on your to-do list. Be sure to ask at the entrance about hands-on activities and where to find the zoo's more unusual specimens.
Motor-racing fanatics will enjoy the high-octane thrills and high-energy crowds at the Pacific Slot Car Raceways.
At the Stina's Cellars, experts and amateurs alike can learn about the region's winemaking traditions, before sampling the finished product.
If you're known to play some roulette on occasion, the Muckleshoot Casino, the Emerald Queen Casino and the Great American Casino well worth stopping by.
Cultivated from the dry deserts to wet rainforests, the plant species at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory are quite impressive. Many visitors also like to take a leisurely walk around the Soos Creek Botanical Garden and the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden.
Bring along a bite to eat and enjoy some time to yourself in the leafy, green surroundings of Lakewold Gardens and the Powells Wood Garden. You'll also find plenty of room to laze about at Skansie Brothers Park and Wright Park.
Contemplate the lovely landscape and listen to the echo of cascading water at Snoquera Falls Loop.
Need some time away from the stresses of modern life? Head out on an adventure to Point Defiance Park and Dash Point State Park. Nature enthusiasts will also have a terrific time at Mud Mountain Dam Park and Nolte State Park.
The area's exhibition spaces are a treasure trove of interesting facts and stories. The LeMay Car Museum and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. Another two to consider are the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection and the Fort Lewis Museum.
Appreciate old watercraft models and salvaged marine artifacts as you voyage through the exhibits at the Foss Waterway Seaport.
Wonderful exhibits and creations await art connoisseurs at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Eager historians can immerse themselves in the past at the Washington State History Museum and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Do you like the sound of those? Continue your journey at the Harbor History Museum and the Job Carr Cabin Museum.
Tacoma Narrows Bridge will be of interest to those who appreciate civil engineering.
Your getaway wouldn't be complete if you didn't organize a stop at Sun Top Lookout, one of the area's most recognizable landmarks.
With so many educational institutions in the area, it's no wonder that students are coming here in droves. Want to take a look at some of the campuses? The Pierce College and the University of Puget Sound are worth checking out if you're in the area. The Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington Tacoma also make for an interesting visit.
This area has a reputation as a great destination if you love to shop, so be sure to get your fix of retail therapy while you are here. Grab a great deal, indulge a luxury purchase or just enjoy a bit of window-shopping at Tacoma Mall and The Outlet Collection. The Commons at Federal Way and Freighthouse Square are also lots of fun to stop by.
For an entertaining night out, head to White River Amphitheatre, the Pantages Theater or the Paradise Theatre. Each of these venues boasts a varied program of performances throughout the year.
Searching for something a bit different? Consider a visit to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the PGP Motorsports Park or the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.
Accommodation in Tacoma
As for securing affordable hotels in Tacoma, Expedia's lodging page shows 72 hotels to select from.
Kick-start your quest for your ultimate Tacoma hotel by checking out the guest services at the high-rating Hotel Murano, a Provenance Hotel, at 1320 Broadway Plaza, and the Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown, at 1515 Commerce Street. Also, check out the latest deals at the Villa Bed & Breakfast, 705 North 5th Street, and the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Federal Way, 31910 Gateway Center Blvd S.
Museum of Glass is on the to-do list for almost every visitor to Tacoma and many choose to stay nearby. The Hotel Murano, a Provenance Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott Tacoma Downtown are both good picks.
Located in the heart of Tacoma, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Great American Casino, Stina's Cellars, and Tacoma Mall. Tacoma Dome and Pacific Lutheran University are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Featuring a museum-quality art collection, this hotel is 0.3 mile from the Tacoma Art Museum, 0.7 mile from the Museum of Glass, 1.5 miles from the Tacoma Dome, and 6.5 miles from Point Defiance Park.
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village, Federal Way Community Center, and Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection and The Commons at Federal Way are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Federal Way, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Commons at Federal Way and Federal Way Community Center. Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection and Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Best Western Plus Seattle/Federal Way places guests a 30-minute drive from Seattle and a 6-minute walk from shops at The Commons at Federal Way. Wild Waves Theme Park can be reached with an 8-minute drive, and the tranquil Redondo Beach and West Hylebos Wetlands Park are both 10 minutes by car.
Situated in Tacoma, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Freighthouse Square and Tacoma Dome. Museum of Glass is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.
Situated in Tacoma, this condo is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Job Carr Cabin Museum and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Museum of Glass. MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Auburn, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Emerald Downs and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from The Outlet Collection. Muckleshoot Casino and Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection are also within 6 mi (10 km).