You wake up with the early morning light as the sun rises from the east. Before you even open your eyes, you notice the smell of fresh pine trees and sea salt drifting through your open window. As you wipe the sleep from your eyes and peer out that square glass frame, your eyes become focused on the towering Cascade peak in the distance. Mount Rainier appears as if it was taken from the pages of a “Narnia” book and dropped in the Pacific Northwest. You quickly come to the realization that this is no storybook—you’re actually in this wonderland, and Tacoma’s arms are open and waiting for you.
This city on the shores of Commencement Bay looks like it leapt off the surface of a postcard. Go for a boat ride through the pristine waters of the bay and keep an eye out for the familiar black and white pattern of orcas, or take a stunning hike along the snowy slopes of Mount Rainier National Park and become one with Mother Nature. While you’re in town, stay awhile and book one of our fabulous hotels in downtown Tacoma like the Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino or the Hotel Murano, a Provenance Hotel.
What should you include in your Tacoma travel itinerary?
Your itinerary should go like this: art museum, nature walks, and wildlife spotting. You may not know it yet, but somewhere inside of you there’s an art critic waiting to interpret the meaning of fine works. Explore the collections at the Museum of Glass, where the dazzling display of 20th- and 21st-century glass works are housed. When you’ve gotten your fill of art, make your way to Point Defiance Park and see if you can spot a bald eagle soaring through the crisp Pacific Northwest air. Wander to the Gig Harbor overlook—the northernmost point in the park—and observe the harbor seals who like to congregate on the shoreline below. After a long day of checking off must-dos from your itinerary, retire to your room at one of the downtown Tacoma hotels, and think about the days ahead.
What are Tacoma hot spots for foodies?
Foodie meccas in the “City of Destiny” are a dime a dozen. Sixth Avenue in particular is noted for its array of dining options serving up dishes from every corner of the earth. Seeing how its northerly neighbor of Seattle is a foodie heaven, Tacoma has quickly developed a respectable scene for any cuisine lover. You’re adventurous and willing to try anything, so you grab a bowl of curry from the Indian place. Then move on to the place next door for authentic northern Thai food and finally round out this journey with cannoli from the Italian bakery near the waterfront.
Your desire for an adventure to a mysterious forested land in the corner of the United States is inescapable. Book one of Travelocity’s cheap hotels in downtown Tacoma, and the gates to your journey will magically open.