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Tacoma Travel Guide, Washington

Visiting Tacoma- a wonderful experience

Tacoma, a beautiful and midsized port city and county seat of the famous Pierce County in Washington, United States, attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. The city of Tacoma is ideally located on the Puget Sound in Washington that is 32 miles southwest of the Seattle and about 31 miles northeast of the Olympia. Also, Tacoma is well known for being the second largest city in the entire Puget Sound area and is also the third largest one in the state.

The city of Tacoma took its name after the Mount Rainier, originally known as the Mount Tahoma or Mount Tacoma. This beautiful tourist destination is also known as the ‘City of Destiny’ as the region chosen to be the Northern Pacific Railroad’s western terminus in the late 1800s. This very decision of the railroad was inspired by the neighboring Commencement Bay of Tacoma. By the connection of railroad and the bay, the motto of Tacoma city became “When rail meet sails”. In the present times, the Commencement Bay is famous for serving the Port of Tacoma i.e. the center of the international trade on Pacific Coast.

Like most of the central cities, even Tacoma faced an extended decline in the period of mid 20th century because of the divestment, federal urban renewal plans and suburbanization. Recently, the city of Tacoma has been undergoing the renaissance thereby investing in the downtown in order to establish the University of Washington, Tacoma, various history and art museums and the The Foss Waterway. With its long history of the blue-collared labor politics ranging from the 20th Century longshoremen to the present Labor Ready workers to the 1800s railroad workers, Tacoma city has long been famous for its gritty and rough image.  

Also, the Tacoma Pierce County has derived its name as being one of the most livable regions in the entire county. Some of the historic sites to visit and enjoy in Tacoma includes Engine House No. 9, Stadium High School, Fireboat No. 1, Murray Morgan Bridge and the William Ross Rust House.

Even the parks and gardens of Tacoma are worth visiting. Point Defiance Park is one of the biggest urban parks in the entire country. There are numerous historic structures built inside the park including the pagoda near its entrance. Other attractive parks to visit in Tacoma include Wapato Park and Frost Park.

 So, do not waste any time planning the destination to visit this vacation. Just book your tickets to Tacoma and have a great time with your family and friends.

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