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Tacoma is an urban port city, located on Washington's Puget Sound, about 32 miles southwest of Seattle and 31 miles northeast of Olympia. In 2009, the estimated population was 199,637. Tacoma has been named "one of the most livable areas in the country." Since the early 1990s, the city of Tacoma has revitalized its' downtown. The University of Washington established a branch there in 1990 and the same year the Union Station was restored. The Washington State History Museum opened in 1996 and the Museum of Glass, with its' iconic steel cone, opened in 2002. Other attractions in the city include the Tacoma Art Museum, America's Car Museum and beautiful glass and steel Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Downtown Tacoma also has a thriving theater district, anchored by the historic, 89-year-old Pantages Theater. For outdoor recreation, Tacoma is home to Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country at 700 acres. The park offers a "Scenic Five Mile Drive," which features Owen Beach, Camp Six, Fort Nisqually and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Ruston Way is a waterfront area in Tacoma that has several parks that are connected by a multi-use trail. Wapato Park is located in the south end of Tacoma and features a lake and walking trails that circle the lake. Wright Park, located near downtown, is an English-style park that contains Wright Park Arboretum and the W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. Tacoma also has many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including Engine House No. 9, a fire station built in 1907, and Fireboat No. 1, built in 1929 for the Port of Tacoma.

Surrounding areas: University Place, Washington (5.1 mi), Puyallup, Washington (8.5 mi), Gig Harbor, Washington (8.6 mi), Steilacoom, Washington (9.4 mi), Vashon Island, Washington (12.3 mi), Anderson Island, Washington (13.9 mi), Bay Lake, Washington (14.7 mi)

Tacoma Vacation Rentals

Tacoma Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Exec Inn & Conve5700 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA (253) 922-0080
Best Western Tacoma Inn Copperfields8726 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA (253) 535-2880
Best Western Tacoma Inn8726 South HosmerTacoma, WA (800) 305-2880
Comfort Inn Tacoma8620 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA (253) 538-7998
Corporate Suites219 Division CT Suite ATacoma, WA (253) 473-4105
Courtyard By Marriott Tacoma Downtown1515 Commerce StTacoma, WA (253) 591-9100
Crossland8801 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA (253) 538-9448
Days Inn Portage Inn3021 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA (253) 922-3500
Days Inn6802 Tacoma Mall BlvdTacoma, WA (253) 475-5900
Econo Lodge9325 S Tacoma WayTacoma, WA (253) 582-7550
Econo Lodge8702 S HosmerTacoma, WA (253) 535-3100
Extended Stay America2120 S 48TH StTacoma, WA (253) 475-6565
Extended Stay America2820 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA (253) 926-6316
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites8601 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA (253) 539-2020
Howard Johnson Inn3501 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA (253) 926-1000
King Oscar Motel & Convention Center8820 S HosmerTacoma, WA (253) 539-1153
La Quinta Motor Inn1425 E 27TH StTacoma, WA (253) 383-0146
Lakewood Motor Inn6125 Motor Ave SWTacoma, WA (253) 584-2212
Motel 6 #0935201 20TH St ETacoma, WA (253) 922-1270
Motel 61811 S 76TH StTacoma, WA (253) 473-7100
On The Green @ Northshore4901 Fairwood Blvd NeTacoma, WA (253) 927-9430
Quality Inn5601 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA (253) 926-2301
Red Lion Hotel Tacoma8402 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA (866) 548-3434
Sheraton Tacoma Hotel1320 Broadway PLZTacoma, WA (253) 572-3200
Shilo Inn7414 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA (253) 475-4020
Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma2317 N Ruston WayTacoma, WA (866) 820-8448
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites3100 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA2.4 mi.(253) 922-9520
Econo Lodge3518 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA2.8 mi.(206) 982-0550
Best Western Fife Hotel & Conference Center5700 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA4.3 mi.(253) 922-3555
Oakwood World Wide/carriage House8601 27TH St WUniversity Place, WA5.2 mi.(800) 557-5506
Cliffside Apts2413 Cliffside Ln NWGig Harbor, WA5.6 mi.(800) 557-5506
Ramada Inn-Tacoma-Lakewood9920 S Tacoma WayLakewood, WA6.2 mi.(253) 588-5241
Federal Way Super 8 Motel1688 S 348TH StFederal Way, WA6.5 mi.(206) 838-8808
Quality Inn & Suites1400 S 348th StFederal Way, WA6.5 mi.(253) 835-4141
Econo Lodge1505 S 328th StFederal Way, WA6.7 mi.(253) 838-7700
Howard Johnson Express Inn4215 Sharondale St SWLakewood, WA7.1 mi.(877) 391-1528
Extended Stay America1400 S 320th StFederal Way, WA7.4 mi.(253) 946-0553
Inn At Gig Harbor3211 56TH St NWGig Harbor, WA7.5 mi.(253) 858-1111
Comfort Inn31622 Pacific Hwy SFederal Way, WA7.6 mi.(253) 529-0101
Crossland2101 N MeridianPuyallup, WA7.6 mi.(253) 445-5945
Bed & Breakfast
Chelsea Station Bed & Breakfast Inn4915 Linden Ave NSeattle, WA28.8 mi.(206) 547-6077
Waterfall Gardens B&B7269 Ne Bergman RdBainbridge Isle, WA29.6 mi.(206) 842-1434

Tacoma Weather & Climate

Northwest Washington , near the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, has a fairly temperate climate. The temperature of the salt water surrounding the islands doesnft vary greatly throughout the seasons, so it helps cool the air surrounding the islands. Northwest Washington experiences frequent cloud cover, fog and drizzle. Misty morning will be followed by partial clearing and occasional showers. An umbrella always comes in handy. Evenings are usually warm with a light ocean breeze. Temperatures range from low 30s in winter to mid 80s in summer. Coastal conditions are generally much more harsh than those in the Puget Sound. @

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 35°F 5.38 in. -
February 50°F 36°F 4.44 in. -
March 54°F 38°F 4.18 in. -
April 60°F 42°F 2.87 in. -
May 66°F 47°F 2.01 in. -
June 71°F 51°F 1.58 in. -
July 76°F 55°F 0.86 in. -
August 76°F 54°F 0.83 in. -
September 71°F 50°F 1.42 in. -
October 61°F 44°F 3.39 in. -
November 52°F 39°F 6.10 in. -
December 46°F 35°F 5.89 in. -

Tacoma Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tacoma Narrows airport (TIW) located about 6 miles west of Tacoma, the Seattle Tacoma International airport (SEA) located approximately 14 miles northeast of Tacoma in Seattle, Washington, the Renton Municipal airport (RNT) located roughly 19 miles northeast of Tacoma in Renton, Washington, and finally Boeing Field King County International airport (BFI) located around 20 miles northeast of Tacoma in Seattle, Washington.

Tacoma Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA7.8 mi.
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA8.5 mi.
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA25.0 mi.
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA36.9 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA7.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Allenmore Public Golf CourseTacomaWA 
Brookdale Golf ClubTacomaWA 
Fort Steilacoom Golf CourseTacomaWA 
Highlands Golf CourseTacomaWA 
Lake Spanaway Golf CourseTacomaWA 
Meadow Park Golf CourseTacomaWA 
North Shore Golf ClubTacomaWA 
Pacific Lutheran University Golf CourseTacomaWA 
Highland Golf CourseCosmopolisWA3.7 mi.
Madrona Links Golf CourseGig HarborWA7.5 mi.
Christys Golf Range & Par 3Federal WayWA7.8 mi.
Lipoma Firs Golf CoursePuyallupWA8.8 mi.
Classic Golf ClubSpanawayWA10.6 mi.
Sumner Meadows Golf LinksSumnerWA10.7 mi.
Tapps Island Golf CourseSumnerWA10.7 mi.
Jade Greens Golf ClubAuburnWA10.9 mi.
Washington National Golf ClubAuburnWA10.9 mi.
Auburn Golf CourseAuburnWA12.1 mi.
Druids GlenKentWA13.3 mi.
Riverbend Golf ComplexKentWA13.3 mi.
Tyee Valley Golf ClubSeatacWA14.8 mi.
High Cedars Golf ClubOrtingWA16.0 mi.
Foster Golf LinksTukwilaWA17.5 mi.
Maplewood Golf CourseRentonWA19.1 mi.
Lake Land Village Golf CourseAllynWA19.7 mi.
Enumclaw Golf CourseEnumclawWA21.6 mi.
Grows Vineyard Greens Closed For RenovationPort OrchardWA21.7 mi.
Horseshoe Lake Golf CoursePort OrchardWA21.7 mi.
Ladley Links Golf CoursePort OrchardWA21.7 mi.
McCormick Woods Golf CoursePort OrchardWA21.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA100.6 mi.
State Parks
Dash Point State ParkWA4.4 mi. 
Rigney State ParkWA5.3 mi. 
Saltwater State ParkWA9.9 mi. 
Kopachuck State ParkWA11.3 mi. 
Cutts Island State ParkWA12.0 mi. 
Penrose Point State ParkWA13.9 mi. 
Tolmie Underwater State ParkWA17.5 mi. 
Stretch Point State ParkWA17.8 mi. 
Tolmie State ParkWA18.3 mi. 
Flaming Geyser State ParkWA19.9 mi. 
Jarrell Cove State ParkWA20.6 mi. 
Black Diamond Bridge Site State ParkWA20.8 mi. 
Black Diamond Bridge State ParkWA21.3 mi. 
Squaxin Island State ParkWA21.8 mi. 
Squaxin Island State ParkWA21.8 mi. 
Manchester State ParkWA22.5 mi. 
Green River Gorge State ParkWA22.8 mi. 
Fort Ward State ParkWA22.9 mi. 
Belfair State ParkWA23.1 mi. 
Nolte State ParkWA24.1 mi. 
Nordic Heritage MuseumSeattleWA25.0 mi.(History)
Washington State Museum of History and IndustrySeattleWA25.0 mi.(History)
Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureSeattleWA25.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
University of Washington Fish CollectionSeattleWA25.0 mi.(Science)
Museum of FlightSeattleWA25.0 mi.(Technology)
International Shoah Art MuseumSeattleWA25.0 mi.(Art)
Children's MuseumSeattleWA25.0 mi.(Children's)
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll ArtBellevueWA27.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Snohomish County Museum and Historical AssociationEverettWA51.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA 
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA25.0 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA25.0 mi.
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA27.9 mi.

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