|Tacoma is a key family destination on Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of Julie Henning|
This summer, my family will be visiting Washington for a few days before heading on an Alaskan cruise. When my friend Julie Henning over at Road Trips for Families shared with me that she had recently visited Tacoma, I was eager to here about it as a travel option. Thank you to Julie for putting together a little write up about Tacoma so we call all learn more about treasures in Washington!
A Snapshot of Tacoma by Julie Henning
Thirty-five miles south of Seattle, the city of Tacoma, Washington is coming into it’s own as a key destination on Washington’s Puget Sound. Undergoing a major transformation in the past fifteen years, visitors to the mid-size port city will enjoy a walkable downtown district with six key museums,and an active historic district.
One of the region’s most famous citizens, Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma in 1941. If you want the true “Chihuly” experience, make sure and walk the and the Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot pedestrian walkway that connects the Museum of Glass to downtown Tacoma and the city’s cultural corridor.
|Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Image credit Andrew Sternard.|
|Skipping stones at Own Beach. Photo credit Julie Henning.|
An excerpt from Wikepedia illustrates the plethora of activities available at Point Defiance Park:
Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Washington is the second largest urban park in the United States. The 702-acre (2.84 km2) park includes Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Rose Garden, Rhododendron Garden, beaches, trails, a boardwalk, a boathouse, a Washington State Ferries ferry dock for the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route to Vashon Island, Fort Nisqually, an off-leash dog park, and most notably a stand of old-growth forest. More than three million people visit it every year. Point Defiance Park is maintained and operated by the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma.
We enjoyed the sweeping views of Mt. Rainier reflecting into the water and watching the passenger ferry carry people to Vashon Island while skipping stones into the water at Owen Beach.
|Fort Nisqually begs for exploration! Image credit Julie Henning.|
|A walk through Wright Park. Image credit Julie Henning.|
|Save room for shakes and burgers at Shake Shake Shake! Image credit Julie Henning.|
|Ambling inside of Seymour Botanical Conservatory. Image credit Julie Henning.|
Don’t forget the National Park Service turns 100 this year – Mt. Rainier National Park is only an hour and a half away!
Julie Henning is the new owner (but longtime editor) of the family travel website Road Trips for Families. She recently moved to Eugene, Oregon with her husband, three kids, and black lab.