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  • 1 Museum of Glass Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1801 1801 Dock Street USA - Tacoma, WA

    This spectacular museum, designed by Arthur Erickson and built in 2002, reflects the fact that Tacoma is dale Chihuly's hometown. A distinctive 90ft-tall stainless steel cone, inspired by traditional sawmill burners and containing an interactive glas..

  • 2 Fort Nisqually Historic Site Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5400 N. Pearl St. #11 USA - Tacoma, WA 98407

    Britain's Hudson's Bay Company established its first outpost on Puget Sound in 1833, about 17mi south of this location. The re-created, palisaded fort depicts life at the company's fur-trading post in the year 1855, after the fort had been moved a mi..

  • 3 Washington State History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1911 Pacific Ave. USA - Tacoma, WA 98402

    Inspired by the renovation of Union Station, the Washington State Historical Society built this museum facility adjacent to it on the former depot grounds. Opened in 1996, the museum is notable for its ground-level Great Hall of Washington History, a..

  • 4 Point Defiance Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    5400 N. Pearl St. USA - Tacoma, WA 98407

    Taking full advantage of its setting on the lush Point Defiance Peninsula between Commencement Bay and Puget Sound, this 700-acre city greensward incorporates miles of trails through old-growth forests, interrupted by gardens, a zoo and historic attr..

  • 5 Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    5400 N. Pearl St. USA - Tacoma, WA 98407

    This small but well-done facility traces its origins to the efforts of two young city residents who built a saltwater aquarium on a pavilion overlooking Commencement Bay in 1930. Their endeavor ultimately inspired the creation of a non-profit Zoologi..

  • 6 Tacoma Art Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    1701 Pacific Ave. USA - Tacoma, WA 98402

    One of the world's largest public collections of glass art by Dale Chihuly highlights the permanent collection of this small museum. has a strong showing among 19C European and American Impressionists. Also featured are Japanese woodblock prints The ..

  • 7 Union Station Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1717 Pacific Ave. USA - Tacoma, WA 98402

    Completed in 1911, this impressive domed, Beaux-Arts structure is fronted by a Larry Anderson bronze entitled New Beginnings. The sculpture, depicting a 19C traveler with valise, recalls the romance of rail travel. The last train pulled out of Union ..

  • 8 Downtown

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2601 N Pearl St # A USA - Tacoma, WA

    On the bluffs above the Thea Foss Waterway, Tacoma's revitalized downtown is justifiably proud of its theater district (Broadway and S. 9th St.). The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts houses three theaters: the Classical Revival Pantages Theate..

  • 9 Narrows Bridge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4741 N Baltimore St USA - Tacoma, WA

    This dramatic, 5,979ft-long bridge ranks as the fifth-largest suspension bridge in the world. Hovering 188ft above the Narrows, a narrow water passage in southeastern Puget Sound, it boasts a center span measuring 2,800ft in length. The bridge's pred..

  • 10 W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

    Nature and gardens

    316 South G St. USA - Tacoma, WA 98405

    Built in 1908, the Victorian-style conservatory supports 200 species of tropical plants, notably orchids, cacti and bromeliads. An exhibit area celebrates the seasons with changing floral displays of spring-blooming bulbs; summer annuals; fall chrysa..

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