Tacoma

Population

2010: 198,397, #111 in U.S., #3 in Washington

1950: 143,673, #65 in U.S.

Tacoma is in the Seattle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Setting

Tacoma, a port on Commencement Bay at the southern end of Puget Sound, had its first permanent settlement in 1864 and was incorporated in 1875. The University of Washington Tacoma is located downtown.

Buildings

Tallest building: Wells Fargo Plaza, 1970 (338 feet)

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Tacoma has no downtown department stores.

Trains

Amtrak's Coast Starlight goes north to Seattle and south to Portland, Oakland, and Los Angeles. The Amtrak Cascades goes north to Vancouver, British Columbia, and south as far as Eugene, Oregon. Amtrak uses a small 1980s-era station. The historic Union Station (1911) is now used as a federal courthouse, and the rotunda is rented out for special occasions.

Tacoma Link (2003) is a two-mile light rail system that serves downtown.

Sounder commuter rail (2000) covers 82 miles between Tacoma, Seattle, and Everett.

Museums

The Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Museum of Glass are located downtown.

Downtown Tacoma

Theaters

The Grand Cinema is downtown. The Pantages and Rialto theaters (both 1918) are restored movie theaters that now have a variety of concerts and plays, including the Tacoma Symphony, the Tacoma Opera, and touring Broadway shows.

Sports

The Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play at Cheney Stadium (1960), west of downtown. The Tacoma Dome (1983) hosts sporting events and concerts.

Map of Downtown Tacoma

DowntownTacoma.com

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Tacoma Architecture