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University-Place is a city of approximately 30,000 in Pierce County in south-central Washington. The "new" city with the rich history got its' name in the 1800s when the University of Puget Sound, a private liberal-arts college in Tacoma, purchased land along the primary north-south route of Grandview Drive and proposed to build a private Methodist college. Financial worries and other concerns cancelled the plans, and the school ended up selling the land back to the city for about $11,000. However, the name stuck and the area became known as "the university place." University Place remained an unincorporated part of Pierce County until the City of University Place was formed on August 31, 1995. The community lies along the waterfront of Puget Sound and is largely suburban residential with some businesses and home to the Charles Wright Academy. A new, Scottish links-style golf course recently opened in University Place. It has received favorable reviews and is set to host the 2015 U.S. Open. The region surrounding the town is rich in natural beauty and outdoor recreation such as rafting and kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing, boating and sailing. It's just a short drive to the museums, restaurants, shopping and other attractions of the city of Tacoma.

Surrounding areas: Tacoma, Washington (5.1 mi), Steilacoom, Washington (5.2 mi), Gig Harbor, Washington (7.0 mi), Anderson Island, Washington (9.0 mi), Bay Lake, Washington (9.8 mi), Longbranch, Washington (9.9 mi), Key Peninsula, Washington (11.2 mi)

University Place Vacation Rentals

University Place Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Oakwood World Wide/carriage House8601 27TH St WUniversity Place, WA (800) 557-5506
Cliffside Apts2413 Cliffside Ln NWGig Harbor, WA3.0 mi.(800) 557-5506
Extended Stay America2120 S 48TH StTacoma, WA4.0 mi.(253) 475-6565
Lakewood Motor Inn6125 Motor Ave SWTacoma, WA4.7 mi.(253) 584-2212
Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma2317 N Ruston WayTacoma, WA4.8 mi.(866) 820-8448
Days Inn6802 Tacoma Mall BlvdTacoma, WA4.9 mi.(253) 475-5900
Shilo Inn7414 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA5.2 mi.(253) 475-4020
Inn At Gig Harbor3211 56TH St NWGig Harbor, WA5.3 mi.(253) 858-1111
Courtyard By Marriott Tacoma Downtown1515 Commerce StTacoma, WA5.3 mi.(253) 591-9100
Econo Lodge9325 S Tacoma WayTacoma, WA5.3 mi.(253) 582-7550
Motel 61811 S 76TH StTacoma, WA5.3 mi.(253) 473-7100
Sheraton Tacoma Hotel1320 Broadway PLZTacoma, WA5.3 mi.(253) 572-3200
Red Lion Hotel Tacoma8402 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA5.5 mi.(866) 548-3434
Comfort Inn Tacoma8620 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA5.6 mi.(253) 538-7998
Crossland8801 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA5.6 mi.(253) 538-9448
Econo Lodge8702 S HosmerTacoma, WA5.6 mi.(253) 535-3100
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites8601 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA5.6 mi.(253) 539-2020
Ramada Inn-Tacoma-Lakewood9920 S Tacoma WayLakewood, WA5.7 mi.(253) 588-5241
Best Western Tacoma Inn Copperfields8726 S Hosmer StTacoma, WA5.7 mi.(253) 535-2880
Best Western Tacoma Inn8726 South HosmerTacoma, WA5.7 mi.(800) 305-2880
Corporate Suites219 Division CT Suite ATacoma, WA5.7 mi.(253) 473-4105
King Oscar Motel & Convention Center8820 S HosmerTacoma, WA5.7 mi.(253) 539-1153
Best Western Wesley Inn6575 Kimball DrGig Harbor, WA5.9 mi.(253) 858-9690
Howard Johnson Express Inn4215 Sharondale St SWLakewood, WA6.1 mi.(877) 391-1528
La Quinta Motor Inn1425 E 27TH StTacoma, WA6.5 mi.(253) 383-0146
Maritime Inn3212 Harborview DrGig Harbor, WA6.7 mi.(253) 858-1818
Extended Stay America2820 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA7.2 mi.(253) 926-6316
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites3100 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA7.3 mi.(253) 922-9520
Days Inn Portage Inn3021 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA7.5 mi.(253) 922-3500
Econo Lodge3518 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA7.7 mi.(206) 982-0550
Howard Johnson Inn3501 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA7.8 mi.(253) 926-1000
On The Green @ Northshore4901 Fairwood Blvd NeTacoma, WA8.5 mi.(253) 927-9430
Motel 6 #0935201 20TH St ETacoma, WA8.9 mi.(253) 922-1270
Best Western Fife Hotel & Conference Center5700 Pacific Hwy EFife, WA9.2 mi.(253) 922-3555
Best Western Exec Inn & Conve5700 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA9.2 mi.(253) 922-0080
Quality Inn5601 Pacific Hwy ETacoma, WA9.2 mi.(253) 926-2301
Liberty Inn1400 Wilmington DrDupont, WA10.6 mi.(253) 912-8777
Guesthouse Int'l Inn & Suites Dupont1609 Mcneil StDupont, WA10.7 mi.(253) 912-8900
Westwynd Motel & Apartments6703 144TH St NWGig Harbor, WA11.2 mi.(253) 857-4047
Econo Lodge1505 S 328th StFederal Way, WA11.6 mi.(253) 838-7700

University Place 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. -

University Place Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tacoma Narrows airport (TIW) located about 2 miles northwest of University Place in Tacoma, Washington, the Seattle Tacoma International airport (SEA) located approximately 18 miles northeast of University Place in Seattle, Washington, the Bremerton National airport (PWT) located roughly 20 miles northwest of University Place in Bremerton, Washington, Boeing Field King County International airport (BFI) located around 23 miles northeast of University Place in Seattle, Washington, the Renton Municipal airport (RNT) located about 23 miles northeast of University Place in Renton, Washington, the Olympia airport (OLM) located approximately 24 miles southwest of University Place in Olympia, Washington, and finally Sanderson Field (SHN) located roughly 28 miles west of University Place in Shelton, Washington.

University Place Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA12.6 mi.
Wild Waves and Enchanted VillageFederal WayWA12.7 mi.
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA27.6 mi.
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA41.2 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA12.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Highland Golf CourseCosmopolisWA2.3 mi.
Meadow Park Golf CourseTacomaWA3.2 mi.
Fort Steilacoom Golf CourseTacomaWA3.8 mi.
Allenmore Public Golf CourseTacomaWA5.2 mi.
Highlands Golf CourseTacomaWA5.2 mi.
Lake Spanaway Golf CourseTacomaWA5.2 mi.
North Shore Golf ClubTacomaWA5.2 mi.
Pacific Lutheran University Golf CourseTacomaWA5.2 mi.
Madrona Links Golf CourseGig HarborWA5.9 mi.
Brookdale Golf ClubTacomaWA9.9 mi.
Classic Golf ClubSpanawayWA10.9 mi.
Christys Golf Range & Par 3Federal WayWA12.6 mi.
Lipoma Firs Golf CoursePuyallupWA12.8 mi.
Sumner Meadows Golf LinksSumnerWA15.2 mi.
Tapps Island Golf CourseSumnerWA15.2 mi.
Jade Greens Golf ClubAuburnWA16.1 mi.
Lake Land Village Golf CourseAllynWA16.1 mi.
Washington National Golf ClubAuburnWA16.1 mi.
Auburn Golf CourseAuburnWA17.1 mi.
Druids GlenKentWA18.0 mi.
Riverbend Golf ComplexKentWA18.0 mi.
Tyee Valley Golf ClubSeatacWA18.3 mi.
Links At Hawks PrairieLaceyWA19.1 mi.
High Cedars Golf ClubOrtingWA19.3 mi.
Nisqually Valley Golf CourseYelmWA20.6 mi.
Capitol City Golf ClubOlympiaWA21.4 mi.
Delphi Golf ClubOlympiaWA21.4 mi.
Foster Golf LinksTukwilaWA21.4 mi.
Grows Vineyard Greens Closed For RenovationPort OrchardWA21.4 mi.
Horseshoe Lake Golf CoursePort OrchardWA21.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Mission RidgeWenatcheeWA105.7 mi.
Cooper SpurPortlandOR118.5 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR118.5 mi.
State Parks
Rigney State ParkWA5.0 mi. 
Kopachuck State ParkWA7.6 mi. 
Cutts Island State ParkWA8.4 mi. 
Dash Point State ParkWA8.7 mi. 
Penrose Point State ParkWA9.0 mi. 
Tolmie Underwater State ParkWA12.7 mi. 
Stretch Point State ParkWA13.5 mi. 
Tolmie State ParkWA13.5 mi. 
Saltwater State ParkWA14.2 mi. 
Jarrell Cove State ParkWA15.8 mi. 
Squaxin Island State ParkWA16.6 mi. 
Squaxin Island State ParkWA16.6 mi. 
Belfair State ParkWA19.7 mi. 
Twanoh State ParkWA21.8 mi. 
Manchester State ParkWA23.1 mi. 
Fort Ward State ParkWA23.8 mi. 
Illahee State ParkWA24.6 mi. 
Flaming Geyser State ParkWA24.9 mi. 
Black Diamond Bridge Site State ParkWA25.9 mi. 
Black Diamond Bridge State ParkWA26.3 mi. 
Nordic Heritage MuseumSeattleWA27.6 mi.(History)
Washington State Museum of History and IndustrySeattleWA27.6 mi.(History)
Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureSeattleWA27.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
University of Washington Fish CollectionSeattleWA27.6 mi.(Science)
Museum of FlightSeattleWA27.6 mi.(Technology)
International Shoah Art MuseumSeattleWA27.6 mi.(Art)
Children's MuseumSeattleWA27.6 mi.(Children's)
Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll ArtBellevueWA30.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Snohomish County Museum and Historical AssociationEverettWA53.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA5.1 mi.
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA27.6 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA27.6 mi.
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA28.8 mi.
Oregon ZooPortlandOR118.5 mi.

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