TACOMA
3RD LARGEST CITY IN THE STATE3RD
ELEVATION OF NEARBY MOUNT RAINIER14,411 FEET
DISTANCE FROM SEATTLE32 MILES
Tacoma sits on the Puget Sound, about 32 miles south of Seattle. Tacoma’s cost of living is much lower than Seattle. More than anything else, Tacoma is notable for being on the beautiful Puget Sound. The Port of Tacoma is the largest port in the state. Some parts of the city have a military town feel, as Tacoma is home to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is a major military facility and easily the area’s largest employer.

Tacoma is considered a great base camp location for visiting Mount Rainier, which is 42 miles to the southeast. The views of the mountain are beautiful, but the downside is it will go boom at some point.

Did you know? – Mount Rainier used to be named Mount Tacoma.
  • THE WATER

    Tacoma’s location on the Puget Sound makes it an ideal spot for enjoying the water. This includes kayaking, boating, whale-watching, or just beaching it. A must-visit is Point Defiance Park, which has trails, a beach, and a zoo.

  • MOUNT RAINIER

    Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in the state and one of the most dangerous active volcanoes in the world. The Mount Rainier National Park was the 5th national park in the nation. Nearly all of the area is protected wilderness and great for exploring.

  • MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS

    While Tacoma is a slower pace city than its northern neighbor (Seattle), Tacoma does have some cool venues to explore. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass has to be the most beautiful pedestrian bridge in the word. The bridge is a good stop on your way to the Museum of Glass. Some other great cultural stops include the Tacoma Art Museum, the Lemay America’s Car Museum.

THE WEATHER
  • Winter is not the time to visit Tacoma, unless you plan on hitting up one of the Washington ski areas. Even so, you probably wouldn't want to stay in Tacoma as there are closer towns to the slopes. Tacoma winters are cold and rainy.

  • Tacoma gradually dries and warms over the spring. By May, temps are in the mid-60s and relatively dry. Spring is good for whale watching and for enjoying the seasonal Copper River salmon

  • Summer is great for just about everything, especially outdoor recreation. Summer is the dry season and the daily highs reach the upper 70s.

  • September is beautiful but November is cold and dreary (wettest month of the year). We couldn't narrowly group both of those months into one definition. If going in the fall, make it early fall.