Sights Around Tacoma

Blessed with a naturally deep harbor in Commencement Bay, Tacoma has long been defined by its bustling, working waterfront. But, with its unique museums, scenic park settings and convenient transportation, the dynamic city is also a great place to play.

Sense anticipation in the air? It’s probably the call of the classic American road trip, as translated by LeMay - America’s Car Museum. The 165,000-square-foot showroom feature mores than 200 classic automobiles, including a 1930 Duesenberg Model J and a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12.

Ironically, you don’t need to drive to get to the LeMay, which is situated along the Tacoma Link, a light-rail line that connects the Tacoma Dome with the city’s cultural corridor. Highlights here include the historic Rialto Theatre, part of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts; the Tacoma Art Museum, which specializes in Northwest art; and the Museum of Glass, with art-glass exhibits, kids’ activities and a working hot shop. Tacoma native Dale Chihuly’s fantastical artwork features in this distinctive museum, and in the neighboring Bridge of Glass and Union Station.

For all-natural beauty, seek out the miles of shoreline and acres of old growth at Point Defiance Park. You’ll want to stretch your legs on a variety of paths and trails—possibly on the beach, through an array of botanical gardens, or at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Time your visit right, and you’ll be treated to a fabulous sunset over Puget Sound, a fitting end for an inspiration-filled Tacoma day.

—Bill Hutfilz

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