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TACOMA
Washington, U.S.A.
WHEN RAILS MEET SAILS
Welcome to Tacoma, Washington.
Tacoma is an urban port city with around 198,400 inhabitants, nestled in the beautiful natural expanse of Pierce County. Situated by the deep waters of the Commencement Bay, with the majestic snow-capped Mount Rainer in the backdrop, Tacoma boasts breathtaking scenery. The city is located only 32 miles southwest of Seattle and 31 miles from the state capital, Olympia. Incorporated in 1875, the city adopted its name from the towering Mount Rainer, which was once called Mount Takhoma or Mount Tahoma. Locally, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, due to the fact that the area was chosen as the western terminus for the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 19th century. Since the railroad and bay was connected, Tacoma's motto has been: When rails meet sails. Today, Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, which has become a major center of international trade on the Pacific Coast. Since the early 1990s, downtown Tacoma has seen plenty of new developments. The University of Washington has a campus in the city, and the famous Museum of Glass opened in 2002. The museum is well worth a visit, and shows spectacular glass art form the region and around the world. The Culture District downtown is filled with attractions, including the Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum and the America's Car Museum. There is also a Theatre District, which is anchored by the historic Pantages Theater, the Rialto Theater and the Theater on the Square. Other great venues include the Grand Cinema and the Temple Theatre. Tacoma residents have access to plenty of green space, including one of the largest urban parks in the country. The Point Defiance Park spans across 700 acres and includes attractions like the Owen Beach, Camp Six and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Aside from being a terrific place to enjoy the weekend with the whole family, the park boasts several historic structures worth checking out. One of these is the Pagoda, an old streetcar waiting room that now serves as a popular rental facility for weddings and other private parties. If not stunned by the natural scenery you'll surely fall in love with the great hospitality, awesome attractions, terrific restaurants and quaint stores that Tacoma has to offer!
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