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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“You can see Mt Rainier from our front deck. Take a day to visit this beautiful place. You can drive or take an all day tour of this majestic beauty.”
  • 140 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Glass blowing is a huge Tacoma thing! Dale Chihuly is a Tacoman! There are always many different exhibits and artists featured in the Museum of Glass...”
  • 106 locals recommend
“This is one of my favorite Tacoma sites. I was not a huge car person but this museum made me love cars! To see the art in the designs of the past and the progression is fascinating. I think a must-see while in Tacoma!”
  • 58 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Very beautiful museum with nice scenery. You could access the waterway here too.”
  • 40 locals recommend
“5 mile scenic drive overlooking the Puget Sound, with marina, ferry system and seafood restaurant.”
  • 97 locals recommend
“Chambers Bay Golf Course is recognized around the world. Go and check out there green and enjoy a lovely scene or two!”
  • 54 locals recommend
“There is a fun little ice cream place just off the dock! Walking Ruston Way is gorgeous and lively! It is on the sound with great views of the Puget sound. Ferry, gardens, rent bikes, movies, restaurants, gym, italian gilato and dessert cafe, pizza, coffee chop and more!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Tacoma Mall has all the major retail stores like Nordstrom. Also, a good spot for restaurant chains like Cheesecake Factory & BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Wright Park is ideal for a leisurely stroll or taking your kids to the playground or sprayground. This 27 acre arboretum is home to a rich collection of more than 600 trees as well at W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory which opened in 1908!”
  • 47 locals recommend
“Best time to visit paradise is early August to see the wild flowers and Fall to see GOLed leaves. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
“The major feature is a tram tour which takes visitors through a 435-acre free-range area to view Roosevelt elk, bison, moose, caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, swans and deer. For the adventurous, there is the Zip Wild complex (yes, as in zip lines). ”
  • 27 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great place to learn about Washington State's history. Tacoma has a bunch of great museums!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theatre
“Any Tacoma visit must include a movie at The Grand. With one of the best selections of critically exclaimed films in the Pacific Northwest, experiencing showtime will not only be a highlight of your stay but also supports a local non-profit arts organization!”
  • 38 locals recommend
“Come down to Tacoma just to see the best of the best perform! For example- Elton John here in Sept. for 2 amazing back to back shows. Celine Dion in April 2020. Who's on your bucket list to see? buy your tickets EARLY!!! ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Jazzbones is an iconic Tacoma nightspot, featuring amazing local talent, live music and good vibes. Enjoy dinner on the Ave before a show. Ask us about our favorite eats on the Ave.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
“This place is a Tacoma favorite and serves lots of beer and wild and crazy hot dogs. This place is a must!!! Please note that it is 18+ only location.”
  • 32 locals recommend