Flights to Tacoma
Tacoma is the third largest city in the state of Washington and it lies on the Puget Sound, 51 kilometres southwest of Seattle. Although Seattle is the better known of the two cities, Tacoma has a good number of its own attractions and should not be overlooked when visiting the Pacific Northwest.
The airport for flights to Tacoma is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA), also known as Sea-Tac Airport. It’s just outside of Seattle, but there is a commuter rail and bus services to Tacoma. There are several 1-stop flights to Tacoma when travelling from Johannesburg. Virgin Atlantic transfers in London, and Lufthansa stops in Frankfurt. South African Airways also transfers in Frankfurt, but then goes on to make another connection in Paris.
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The Tourist Attractions in Tacoma:
In terms of international tourism Tacoma will often loses out to its neighbouring Washington state cities. Seattle, to the north, is far better known than Tacoma and has a great many attractions on offer to tourists, while Olympia, 50 kilometres to the southeast of Tacoma, has its fair share of attractions too and is the state capital. Tacoma sits half way between the two so even if it’s not your final destination why not plan on spending a few days here when exploring this part of the beautiful Pacific Northwest?! Parks, museums and architecture are just a few of the things you can enjoy here.
Museums in Tacoma
Tacoma is well endowed when it comes to museums offering an interesting and varied selection of these attractions. The city has a small, though renowned ‘museum district’ which is formed of three museums: the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Washington State History Museum. All three are well respected and make for interesting visits. The Museum of Glass has one of the most striking pieces of architecture in the city.
Tacoma is also home to several other museums including the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, LeMay – America’s Car Museum, the Working Waterfront Museum, and the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance Park is the top park in Tacoma and is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. As well as the obvious attractions you would expect to find in a large park, Point Defiance is home to several of Tacoma’s museums mentioned above, and to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Here you’ll find over 9000 creatures from 367 different species, many of which are native to the Pacific Northwest region.
One of Tacoma’s most famous pieces of architecture is famous because it was destroyed in 1940 – the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been made famous by a film showing the bridge swaying in high winds and then collapsing. If you want to cross over the Tacoma Narrows you ca do so via the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Stadium High School is another famous piece of Tacoma architecture and starred in the movie ’10 Things I Hate About You’.
When Should You Visit?:
Tacoma has a marine west coast climate that’s similar to Mediterranean giving the city warm summers and mild to cool winters. Winters are the wettest time of the year and rainfall is significantly higher from October through to April. July and August are pleasant with average high temperatures around 25C.