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Washington: Tacoma

A travel journal to Tacoma by kylebarber

Atop Washingon State Museum in Tacoma Photo, Tacoma, Washington More Photos
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Washington: Tacoma

Overview

Atop Washingon State Museum in Tacoma Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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Though it has become a large city itself, Tacoma still lingers in the shadow of neighbor Seattle, 45 minutes to the north. It has also battled the somewhet deserved reputation of being a center of criminal and gang activity. But in the past few years Tcaome has worked hard at solidifying itself as a major business and cultural center of the Pacific Northwest, and there are in fact some sights and attractions that merit a drive down south.

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You'll need a car for getting the city of Tacoma, and much of the attractions listed here are in outlying areas.

Narrows Bridge V F w Post

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Also known as Galloping Gertie, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is famous more for its pliability than any unique architactural design. When the bridge was first created in 1940, it was known for its rollicking ride, swaying too and fro and up and down in the strong wind currents that swoop through this narrow passage of the Pugent Sound. After just four months of flinging itself and its passengers about, Galloping Gertie tore herself apart and sank into the deep waters below. Ten years later they came up her enxt reincarnation, that while much more stable and secure still offers a rolloercoaster ride for travellers during heavy wind activity and the occasional earthquake. But even withou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

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4741 N Baltimore Street
Tacoma, Washington 98407
(253) 565-4880

Washington State History Museum Photo, Tacoma, Washington
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This smallish museum is still a nice place to visit, with well-designed displays and interesting historical artifacts from the early days of Washington. Native American art and objects figure prominently, but there are also more familiar and recent keepsakes and photographs on display. I was happy to reminisce over Frederick & Nelson, J.P. Patches and the Wheedle, though I guess those who are not from the Northwest might find these displays confusing or tedious. There is a nice view from the roof of the museum, worth checking out if the weather is nice.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2001

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington 98402
(888) 238-4373

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is perhaps not as spectacular as the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle or as unique of an adventure as the neighboring Nortwest Trek, but it has a lot to recommend of itself. The marine mammals in particular are fun to observe, and many zoogoers will be intrigued to see the small beluga whales up close. They look more like porpoises or dolphins due to their small size and they seem as curious as those man loving creatires. I particularly like the polar bears who seem gentle and harmless, but could easily kill a man with one swipe of the paw. Inside their seemingly large pen they are given free reign to walk around and take a splash in the pool. But I think these ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2001

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, Washington 98407
(253) 591-5337

Northwest Trek

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It's kind fo strange to have two zoos in such close proximity to one another, particularly when Tacoma has only 180,000 residents. But Northwest Trek offers a much different experience than the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, with the emphasis on visiting the animals in their natural habitat.

A shuttle tram zips you from one animal region to another to witness the critters frollicking in their natural habitats. The bears of course are the popular draw, but you don't always see the animals as you would in a zoo's small cage. This can be frustrating to miss out on the large mammals, but it's nice to know that the park has tried to maintain a natural home for its inhabitants.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 2, 2001

Northwest Trek
11610 Trek Drive East
Tacoma, Washington 98328
(360) 591-5337

Fort Nisqually

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This historic sight is probably better suited for families with small children, but history enthsuiasts will also appreciate the reconstructed buildings. Fort Nisqually was a fur trading post that was orignally located south of Tacome. In the 1930s it was relocated to the Point Defiance Park as a historical attraction.

Occasionally volunteers put on shows to demonstrate the ways of life back in the 1800s, but much of the time the fort is quiet. It's fun for young kids to scamper up and down the towers, but otherwise this should be a pretty quick visit for before or after the more interesting Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 2, 2001

Fort Nisqually
Point Defiance Park
Tacoma, Washington 98402
(253) 591-5339