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Tacoma Pierce County Highlights
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Information courtesy Tacoma Pierce County

Major Attractions in Tacoma-Pierce County

- Mount Rainier National Park (#1 attraction in Pierce County) (360) 569-2211

- One of five most visited national parks in the U.S.-- 2.2 million visitors a year

- 378 square miles, includes fourth highest peak in the U.S. (14,411 feet) with 26 named glaciers, 35 square miles of ice and 305 miles of hiking trails

- Point Defiance Park, Tacoma (#2 attraction in Pierce County) (253) 305-1000

- Among top 20 largest urban parks in the nation (698 acres) which includes scenic drive, beach, hiking trails, picnic areas, Japanese and rose gardens, ferry to Vashon Island, plus:

- Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (253) 591-5337

- Internationally-acclaimed facility with Pacific Rim theme

- Fort Nisqually (253) 591-5339

- Restored Hudson's Bay Company fur trading post circa 1855; guided tours

- Camp 6 Logging Exhibit (253) 752-0047

- Museum on Washington's history of steam logging (1880-1950)

- Never Never Land (253) 591-5845

- Children's fantasy world of sculpted storybook characters

- Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville (#3 attraction in Pierce County) (360) 832-6117

- 635-acre sanctuary for native wildlife, unique in the Northwest

- One-hour, naturalist-guided tram tour through area with free-roaming herds of bison, caribou

- Wolves, grizzlies, cougars, birds of prey, wetland dwellers viewed in natural habitats

- Children's Discovery Center, nature trails, picnic meadow, gift shop, cafe

- Washington State History Museum, Tacoma (888) 238-4373

- $40.8-million, 106,000-sq. ft. facility featuring interactive and multimedia exhibits

- Home of the largest collection of pioneer, Indian and Alaskan artifacts on the Pacific Coast

- Union Station, Tacoma (253) 572-9310

- Landmark railway station with Romanesque architecture and striking copper dome; built in 1911,used till 1983

- Now a federal courthouse with public rotunda exhibit of extraordinary glass sculptures by internationally-acclaimed native son Dale Chihuly

- Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma (253) 272-4258

- Sculptured glass art exhibition by internationally-known native son Dale Chihuly

- Northwest artists, impressionists, classics, special quarterly exhibits from around the world

- Groundbreaking for new 50,000-sq. ft. facility Jan. 25, 2001, with opening in early 2003

Job Carr Cabin, Tacoma (253) 627-5405

- Reconstruction of the first settler's 1864 dwelling in "Old Town" area of Tacoma; opened Dec. 2, 2000

- Commemorates Tacoma's birthplace with original artifacts, photos, historical displays

1001 Pacific Avenue #400 Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone: 253 627-2836 Fax: 253-627-8783 www.tourtacoma.org

- Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Tacoma (253) 383- 2575

- Original handwritten drafts, letters and documents of historical significance, many written by some of the world's most famous individuals (e.g. Napoleon, Ben Franklin)

- One of seven Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums in the U.S.; free admission

- W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Tacoma (253) 591-5330

- 1908 Victorian-style conservatory with year-round floral displays, exotic and seasonal plants; free

- Fort Lewis Military Museum (253) 967-7206

- Military history of the Pacific Northwest from the 1803 Lewis & Clark Expedition to present

- McChord Air Force Base Museum (253) 984-2485

- Vintage aircraft and memorabilia from 1940s through 1980s; flight simulator open to public

- Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood (253) 584-4106 - 10 acres of spectacular gardens on a former private estate overlooking Gravelly Lake - One of the largest rhododendron and Japanese maple collections in the Northwest

- The Tacoma Nature Center, Tacoma (253) 591-6439 - 54-acre wooded wildlife preserve with interpretive center, wetlands display, nature trails

- Tacoma Narrows Bridge

- Fifth largest suspension bridge in the world

- Originally completed July 1, 1940; original length was 5,939 feet

- Nicknamed "Galloping Gertie" for its unusual, undulating motion during windy weather

- Collapsed four months later -- Nov. 7, 1940 -- during a 42-mile-per-hour wind storm

- Reopened Oct. 15, 1950 at a cost of $14 million and a new length of 5,979 feet

- Steilacoom (253) 584-4133

- Oldest incorporated town in Washington (1854) featuring Steilacoom Historical Museum, 1895 Bair Drug & Hardware store/restaurant with operating 1906 soda fountain, and Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center and Museum

- Ezra Meeker Mansion, Puyallup (253) 848-1770

- Historic 17-room Victorian mansion built in 1890 by Puyallup's founder

- Open for touring Wednesday-Sunday, April-December (special Victorian Christmas festivities)

- Pioneer Farm Museum & Ohop Indian Village, Ohop Valley (near Eatonville) (360) 832-6300

- 1-1/2-hour "hands on" living history guided tour of 1880's homestead and trading post

- 1-hour Native American Seasons Tour (summer weekends only)

- Crystal Mountain (360) 663-2265

- Washington's highest destination ski area at 7,000 feet

- Complete year-round resort; dining at Summit House, highest restaurant in the state (6,872 feet)

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