Taking a trip to Tacoma, Washington, whether it be for business or pleasure, can be a great experience. However, if this is your first time visiting the city of Tacoma or you simply have not been in awhile, then you may be feeling a bit lost as far as where to stay while you are visiting. After all, with so many hotels to choose from, finding the one that will be best for you based on your budget and needs can be a real challenge. (more…)
A trip to Tacoma can be an exciting adventure, regardless of your reason for traveling there. Although you are probably thinking more about what you will see and do while you are in the area, you should definitely put some thought into the hotel that you will be staying in. Since the hotel that you choose can really have an impact on how good of a time that you will have while you are there, you should know what to look for to ensure (more…)
Childrenâ€™s museum of Tacoma
The whole family will enjoy the childrenâ€™s museum of Tacoma. There are plenty of activities for the kids. Kids can climb the tree house, join in on making an art project, or play with building blocks. There is also the submarine, boats, airplanes and nature to explore. You can help the kids grow up in old fashion clothes, read a book or wonder through all the little nooks of the room. The room has (more…)
Tacoma Washington is a beautiful place to visit. Although, the winter months aren’t always an enjoyable time to travel there, unless you like winter weather and lots of it. The best time to visit the city is in the summertime.
Tacoma offers a wide range of summer festivals each year. There are lots of ethnic festivals that will open your eyes to the different cultures within the city. There are also a few farmers markets to pick up fresh, local produce and sample items you may not see in your hometown. (more…)
Tacoma, Washington attracts many visitors every year. It’s location on the Puget Sound and its close proximity to Seattle entices visitors to come year round. Most tourists visit the area during the summer and sometimes in the fall while the leaves are changing. Why visit Tacoma, Washington off season? Because the winter months have a few benefits rewarding the tourists willing to come.
As with most destinations, visiting Tacoma in the off season will allow you to take advantage of (more…)
There are many things to do when visiting the city of Tacoma, Washington, especially for those more interested in the arts. Located on Washington’s Puget Sound, south of Seattle, Tacoma is home to the a lively Museum District and an exceptional performing arts theater, making the town a great attraction for any art lover.
The most widely known structure in Tacoma is the Thea Foss Waterway, which is a glass installation associated with the Museum of Glass. Tacoma is home to one of the best glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly, and (more…)
Founded in 2002, the Museum of Glass is a great tourist attraction for visitors looking to see a modern side of Tacoma. The museum showcases a wide variety of glass artworks, particularly those of the Contemporary and Pacific Northwest movements.Within the museum, you can see installations by Cappy Thompson (Gathering the Light, which tells the story of glass blowing through the ages) and Martin Blank (Fluent Steps, a glass representation of the properties of water). Howard Ben Tre’s Water Forest, an interactive exhibit inspired by the tides, is located on the Main Plaza. In addition, a number of exhibits travel through the museum. You’ll have to visit the website (www.museumofglass.org) to find out what’s on site at the time of your visit. The exhibits are so entrancing that wireless internet users may find themselves outside the museum doors before they know it. (more…)
A visitor to Tacoma, Washington could be easily overwhelmed by all of the history surrounding them. Luckily, the National Historic Register has officially recognized the most important historical sites. While you still might not be able to hit all of these the first time through, history buffs can use this guide as an introduction to the best of what Tacoma has to offer.
Sometimes good things come out of bad, even when it doesn’t seem that way at the time. Such was the case with the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on November 7, 1940. While no human life was lost in the collapse (one dog did perish), the footage of the fall demonstrates how cruel nature can be to the works of man.Workers started construction on the bridge in September of 1938, quickly giving the bridge the nickname “Galloping Gertie” for the way in which the deck buckled. The designers had suggested shorter girders (8 feet as opposed to 25 feet) as a means of cheapening the cost of the bridge. While they expected this to stiffen the bridge, the result was an insufficiently secured deck where alternate halves of the bridge would rise and fall independently. (more…)
When Job Carr moved to Commencement Bay in 1864, his hope was that the site would be chosen as the terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. However, even though he built what would become Tacoma’s first permanent residence, he soon sold his claim to developer Morton McCarver. In the end, McCarver was one of those most responsible for the site’s selection.Tacoma was the underdog competitor to Seattle and Portland for the western terminus of the Northern Pacific railroad. When the line was first being constructed in Duluth, Minnesota in 1870, the only requirement for the line’s end was that it should be north of the 45th degree of latitude, and near Portland. Tacoma’s eventual selection greatly angered Seattle, but it was just what the city needed to spur on its growth. New jobs brought new settlers, who bridged the two mile gap between Carr’s original site and the “New Tacoma” depot. (more…)