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Relax by the Bay in Tacoma, Washington


The Pacific Northwest isn’t as warm as some other destinations in the United States, but that doesn’t mean you can’t kick back and relax. Tacoma, Washington is a great city in the region, with all of the museums and amenities of a much larger city without the hustle and bustle.

What to do

Tacoma is proud of its art glass scene, so a focal point of its downtown area is the Museum of Glass. It has permanent displays of pieces from local artist Dale Chihuly, as well as other well-known artisans. Touring exhibitions give you a look into new trends in glass blowing or techniques from other parts of the world. If you’re more about hands-on experiences, the museum’s hot shop lets you create your own piece of art with the experts’ help or watch skilled artists at work. The museum also offers classes to let you make glass mosaics and other crafts without a hot furnace. After you’re done at the Museum of Glass, consider heading to other facilities in the museum district, like America’s Car Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Tacoma’s location on Puget Sound makes it a great place to enjoy nature and the water. The Tacoma Nature Center Metro Park offers more than two miles of hiking trails that are a great way to show kids the wetlands and forest. For a more elegant encounter with nature, head to Point Defiance Park’s Japanese Garden. The whole park is beautiful, but this section is a jewel in its crown thanks to help from Tacoma’s Japanese sister city of Kitakyushu. It guided the garden’s design and continuous care to make sure everything conforms to Japanese traditions and style.

Where to stay

Like many other big American cities, there are several chain hotels available in Tacoma to make redeeming your loyalty points easy. For a more local option, consider booking a room at Hotel Murano. Billed as a luxury boutique hotel, the facility has a restaurant, bar, and private dining area, as well as four types of rooms to fit your family size or budget. If you prefer to be near the water, Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma Waterfront juts out into Commencement Bay, giving each of its 90 rooms a waterfront view. It’s still close to all of the action, with its website proclaiming that it’s only two miles away from the museum district.

Where to eat

If you’re looking for a popular place for a good meal, head to Tacoma’s waterfront. Lobster Shop is considered one of the city’s classic seafood restaurants, and its menu has everything you could dream of, from prawns to clams and the titular lobster. Reviewers on TripAdvisor say that the view of the bay is amazing, and the menu is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friendly. Other restaurants, like Tide’s Tavern and Duke’s Seafood, are also nearby and ready to satisfy your seafood cravings.

When you’ve had your fill of seafood, or if you’re allergic, there are several other options that give you a taste of Tacoma. Indochine Asian Dining Lounge, located close to the Museum of Glass, serves recipes from all over Asia and offers reservations if you’re with a large group. For a taste of history, the Frisko Freeze offers quintessential American fast food staples like hot dogs and hamburgers alongside shakes and malts in true 1950s style.

Tacoma, Washington has so much to offer you as a vacation destination. Consider adding it to your bucket list and start dreaming of delicious seafood and views of the water.

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