Washington State Ferry Service
Tacoma is the Indian name for Mount Rainer.
Tacoma, Washington is located at the base of scenic Puget Sound, some 32 miles south of Seattle and 31 miles north of the state capital, Olympia. Flanked by vistas of Bremerton and the Olympic Peninsula, and conveniently positioned just south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC) in the city of SeaTac, Tacoma is considered one of the Northwest's most livable cities.
In recent years Tacoma has become known for its arts and culture scene. Art galleries, museums and theatre all take a prominent place in Tacoma's identity as "A City of Destiny." Tacoma's many publicly funded art programs include the summer festival, "Art on the Ave"; Barefoot Studios performance theatre; and the Proctor Art Fest. The city also supports an Art at Work Month event in November that highlights artists and artistic events around the city.
Tacoma's three unique museums, The Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass can all be found on Tacoma's waterfront. The nearby Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Union Station, which showcases unique blown glass art, are also a must-see.
With views that boast some of the best that Puget Sound has to offer, it is no surprise that Tacoma is known for its fine dining establishments. True to the Northwest, just about every type of cuisine can be found in Tacoma's eclectic neighborhoods, from fresh local seafood to vegetarian, and Japanese to Middle Eastern.
Experiencing Tacoma's 1,900 restaurants also provides an opportunity to take in the city's four historic districts, which include many structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Tacoma Dome is a landmark in itself, with its innovative flexible seating and dynamic popularity for sell-out performances. Many Northwest "firsts" have been showcased at the Dome, which seats as many as a million people a year.
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