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Tacoma

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Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32mi southwest of Seattle, 31mi northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58mi northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, originally called Takhoma or Tahoma. It is locally known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century. The decision of the railroad was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring deep-water harbor, Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad, Tacoma's motto became "When rails meet sails". Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, a center of international trade on the Pacific Coast and Washington State's largest port.
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Popular things to do in Tacoma

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Point Defiance Park ©
Aquarium
Point Defiance Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Museum of Glass ©
Art Museum
Museum of Glass
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
Specialty Museum
LeMay - America's Car Museum
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Tacoma

Mount Rainier ©
Mountain
Mount Rainier Mount Rainier National Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Discover Nature ©
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Discover Nature Lakewood
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
Hands On Children's Museum ©
Children’s Museum
Hands On Children's Museum Olympia
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Bloedel Reserve ©
Garden
Bloedel Reserve Bainbridge Island
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Tacoma

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Washington State History Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Washington State History Museum
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tacoma Art Museum ©
Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Foss Waterway Seaport ©
Specialty Museum
Foss Waterway Seaport
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Tacoma

LeMay Collections at Marymount ©
Specialty Museum
LeMay Collections at Marymount
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Owen Beach ©
Beach
Owen Beach
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Wright Park ©
Park
Wright Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Tacoma Narrows Bridge ©
Bridge
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Tacoma

Ruston Way Park ©
Park
Ruston Way Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Titlow Park ©
Park
Titlow Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park ©
Park
Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Tacoma

Children's Museum of Tacoma ©
Children’s Museum
Children's Museum of Tacoma
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

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