Tacoma, the second largest city in the state of Washngton, is divided into a number of diverse districts. Old Town, where the city began in 1864, is proud of the Job Carr Cabin Museum in honor of Tacoma’s first settler and mayor. Next to Old Town the Ruston Way Waterfront is a two-mile road tht entices sightseers, bikers and joggers for a great view of Commencement Bay and Puget Sound. Also along this picturesque road are some fine restaurants featuring both casual and fine dining.

Stadium High School just celebrated 100 years as a landmark. Further out from the Stadium District in North Tacoma, the Proctor District also enjoys 100 years of history. Over eighty retail businesses draw shoppers here. Not far away, the Sixth Avenue District is known for its annual “Arts on the ave” each July. Several night clubs along with inviting eateries bring in locals and tourists.

The Dome District houses the famous Tacoma Dome, 1500 feet high and known as the world’s largest wood-domed arena. Sports events such as the U.S. Figure skating Championships have been held here. Also major concerts, trade shows and other sports events. A three-block long public market graces this area.

Some other districts include Lincoln, KcKinly, Fern Hill, Oakland/Madrona, South Tacoma and Upper Tacoma. Watch for street festivals in these districts.

A light rail system links various districts, primarily the Dome District with the Theatre District in the heart of downtown. It’s free and available 365 days a year.

Point Defiance Park in North Tacoma is one of the twenty largest urban parks in the U.S. Occupying 700 acres, the park celebrated 100 years in 2005. Major attractions are lovely rose gardens, a Japanese garden, a scenic drive, hiking trails, picnic spots, saltwater beaches and a marina. There’s a wonderful zoo, an aquarium and an outdoor theatre. Wright Park near downtown has the Symour Botanical Conservatory with around 500 species of exotic tropical flower and foliage.

Sightseers zero in on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and historic union station. Across the bridge visit the Washington State History Museum. The Tacoma Art Museum displays Chihuly’s renowned works of art.

Thank you Shirley Dever for the information!