Tacoma, Washington Re-invents Itself as a Major Tourist Destination
by Bonnie Neely

Tacoma is a true destination city with everything the tourist or convention could want. With grants, a far-sighted board of city leaders, and hard work of hundreds of local volunteers who love their home town, Tacoma has been transformed into one of the most enjoyable cities you could visit. Tacoma Regional Convention& Visitor Bureau is very helpful in providing all the information you need to plan your stay.

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Old dockside warehouses and factories, which had fallen into disrepair, have been purchased and completely renovated to their historic best, preserving the old flavor of the area while making it desirable as a place to study and play. Throughout Tacoma, many of the reconstructed buildings are now part of the University of Washington and are used as classrooms, art buildings, galleries, etc. The cooperation between city, state, and federal governments is exemplary and was the impetus to beginning the restoration.

We traveled to Tacoma for the fabulous Parade of Sails on the Fourth of July weekend when the city hosted scores of tall ships sailing into Point Defiance and Tacoma docks on the Foss Waterway in a magnificent display of billowing sheets-to-the-wind on a specially-ordered sunny day. Docked for the entire week-end the ships were opened for visitors to go aboard and see both authentic replicas and historic vessels from as far away as New Zealand, Russia, and Mexico. And there is so much more to see in Tacoma any time of the year.

Bonnie also recommends the following:

The Lady Washington

Dale Chihuly

The Museum of Glass

Tacoma, Washington Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau