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Tacoma is the third-largest city in Washington. There's plenty to do in Tacoma with museums, shopping, parks, etc. It’s the gateway to Mt. Rainier National Park, and is within easy distance of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound, Mt. St. Helens, Pacific Ocean beaches, and more. Tacoma is less than an hour’s drive from Seattle, about two hours from Portland, OR, and three hours from Vancouver, BC.

Mt Rainier National Park

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Museum of Glass

Farmer's Market

Seattle Center

Here's some links to help you plan your trip:

Washington Tourism: www.experiencewa.com/

Stuff to do in and around Tacoma:

Tacoma visitors: www.traveltacoma.com/

Point Defiance Park including zoo and aquarium www.pdza.org/, picnicking, hiking, gardens, beach, marina, historic Fort Nisqually: www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum/
More Tacoma Parks (including pools and sprayparks): http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/
Seymour Botanical Conservatory (Wright Park): www.metroparkstacoma.org/conservatory/
Ruston Way (waterfront walk): www.metroparkstacoma.org/ruston-way/
Point Ruston is a new development that connects to Ruston Way with a movie theater, restaurants, shopping, walking paths and playground: www.pointruston.com/

Museum District in downtown Tacoma:
Museum of Glass: www.museumofglass.org/
(To see Dale Chihuly glass for free, visit the Bridge of Glass and Union Station nearby.)
Tacoma Glassblowing Studio www.tacomaglassblowing.com/
Washington State History Museum: www.washingtonhistory.org/
Tacoma Art Museum: www.tacomaartmuseum.org/
America's Car Museum: www.lemaymuseum.org/

Spanaway area: (south of PLU):
Spanaway Lake: www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=1336
Lake Spanaway Golf Course: www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=1282
LeMay Family Collection Car Museum: www.lemaymarymount.org/

Farmer's Markets:
Tacoma: www.tacomafarmersmarket.com/
Puyallup: www.puyallupmainstreet.com/events/puyallup-farmers-market/
Olympia: www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/

Ezra Meeker Mansion: www.meekermansion.org/

University Place:
Chambers Bay Golf Course and trails (site of the 2015 US Open): www.chambersbaygolf.com/

Day Trips:

Mt Rainier National Park is a must-see. The entrance is about and hour and a half drive from Tacoma. Be sure to go all the way to Paradise: www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm

Northwest Trek is a natural wildlife park on the way to Mt Rainier: www.nwtrek.org/
Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument is a few hours south and east of Tacoma: www.fs.usda.gov/giffordpinchot

Seattle visitors info: www.visitseattle.org/
Seattle Center (Space Needle, museums, monorail, and more)
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP - formerly Experience Music Project) at the Seattle Center is no longer a mainly a music museum, but they still have a guitar gallery: www.mopop.org/exhibits/current-exhibits/guitar-gallery-the-quest-for-volume/
Pacific Science Center: Special traveling exhibit of the Terracotta Warriors will be on display this summer. Reservations required.

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