2014 Conference – Visiting Tacoma

Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for fearless exploration

Museum of Glass

Museum of Glass

Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum

Hiking near Crystal Mountain

Hiking near Crystal Mountain

Tacoma's Theater District

Tacoma’s Theater District

Tacoma's Light Rail

Tacoma’s Light Rail

Stretching from the banks of Puget Sound to Mount Rainier National Park, Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for people who are unafraid to trek through the woods of Mount Rainier in the rain and fearless of breaking a sweat in the heat of the hot shop while blowing glass. Stare down a black bear at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park or learn how to blow glass at one of the many local hot shops. Hop on the Link Light Rail and make your way through the Museum District to get your daily dose of art history, Washington state history and automobile history all in one day!

Explore a new restaurant and drink in the craft beer buzz or find your own story in the historic Museum District. Waterfront recreation, fine dining, antique shopping and once-in-a-lifetime experiences [shark diving anyone?] will keep you busy all weekend. Learn more at TravelTacoma.com. From Travel Tacoma – Places to See Known for its world-renowned glass art, Tacoma’s vibrant urban core is alive with culture. Find yourself surrounded by creativity and city sophistication when you eat, shop and stroll Tacoma’s downtown. The friendly city inspires many to celebrate the melding of old and new. See historic architecture amidst urban design.

The city’s many districts abound with culture. Stroll the museum district where you can explore art, glass and history. Wander amongst the eclectic mix of upbeat restaurants and music venues on Sixth Avenue. Shop the unique boutiques in the historic Proctor and Stadium districts, which bustle with foot traffic. Rooted in the arts, Tacoma is the place to be.

Tacoma is ideally situated along the saltwater banks of Puget Sound. Boasting stunning natural surroundings, you don’t need to pack hiking boots to enjoy the mesmerizing outdoors. Explore the parks, gardens and wildlife that make Tacoma a nature wonderland. The nature in Tacoma extends beyond just land. Comb the beaches of the water’s edge and test the open waters in a kayak or boat. Come experience Tacoma’s nature—rain or shine. There’s plenty for you do to, both indoors and out.

Tours

We have partnered with Beeline Tours to provide local tours to those interested.

  • Crystal Mountain Gondola experience with lunch at 6872 feet

    Explore the beauty of Crystal Mountain!

    Join us on a naturalist led excursion to Mt. Rainier with a stop at Crystal Mountain for a scenic gondola ride to the Summit House for lunch at 6872 feet!

    For an additional fee, lunch can be included with this tour.

    Lunch is a 3 courses including salad, entree & dessert. Non alcoholic beverages, tax and tips included.

  • Discover Tacoma City Tour

    Come explore the city of Tacoma!

    Welcome to Tacoma, the City of Destiny! To help get you better acquainted with your surroundings we will embark on a tour of the City of Tacoma with Karen Haas- local step-on guide, historian and storyteller. Make sure to observe the glass art that is scattered throughout downtown Tacoma and the amazing views of Puget Sound you will observe while driving down Ruston Way—Tacoma’s popular waterfront district. We will also drive through an old-growth forest as we wind through Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance with opportunities to shoot memorable photos of Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

  • Mt. Rainier National Park tour to Paradise

    Enjoy a full day in Paradise!

    Enjoy a fun-filled, day-long tour of the breathtakingly-beautiful wonderland that is Mount Rainier National Park. Heading south from Seattle, we’ll enter through the Nisqually Park entrance and continue up the scenic, winding road to the new Paradise Jackson Visitor Center at an elevation of 5,400 feet. The tour of Mt. Rainier will delight you with its vast expanses of pristine old-growth evergreen forests, gorgeous subalpine flower meadows and spectacular alpine vistas. Our nation’s fifth-oldest national park features magnificent rivers, mountain lakes, waterfalls and wildlife, and boasts the greatest single-peak glacial system in the United States. Glaciers radiate from the summit of the 14,411-foot inactive volcano, many of which are visible from your tour.

    What’s included:

    • Naturalist guide
    • A box lunch is included with this tour.
    • Round trip motor coach transportation
  • Seattle Highlights City Tour

    Enjoy all the best Seattle has to offer!

    Discover Seattle with the help of a local guide leading the way, this 3 hour tour will visit top destinations, scenic overviews and charming neighborhoods. In addtion to the guided city tour you’ll have lots of free time to explore Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market and Seattle Center.

    Tour includes:

    • Local Guide
    • Round trip motor coach transportation
    • Lunch on your own at Pike Place Market
    • Free time at Seattle Center which is home of Space Needle, Pacific Science Center and the Dale Chihuly Glass exhibit. Price of admission not included.

Tacoma’s Art Scene

Tacoma’s Nature Scene

  • Cruise the waters of the Puget Sound and learn the history of Tacoma on a guided boat tour with Destiny Harbor Tours. Enjoy Pacific Northwest seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants along Ruston Way.
  • Venture to Point Defiance Park for endless outdoor activities and while you’re there check out the Point Defiance Zoo + Aquarium. Encounter wildlife by riding a camel, watching polar bears swim or talking with walruses.
  • Sample local and fresh ingredients, grown right here! Meet local farmers at more than four farmers markets throughout Tacoma’s neighborhoods, featuring fresh produce, meats, music, arts and crafts.

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