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Tacoma is a port city in the state of Washington, within the rich green Pacific Northwest region of the US. Tacoma’s skyline is the embodiment of ‘postcard perfect’ as it’s crowned by the breathtaking Mount Rainer. The city has an attractive waterfront plus a downtown area that boasts a wide variety of art and history museums. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Olympia,Seattle,Lakewood and Kent.
If you’re arriving via Seattle-Tacoma International Airport then it’s a 25-mile drive by rental car to Tacoma. En route you could stop off to visit Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, which includes the thrilling Mountain Dew Slide Complex.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Budget, Alamo and Avis. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
Tacoma has much to offer in terms of both outdoor activities and cultural experiences. For instance, Tacoma Nature Center, Wapato Park and Owen Beach all make for great family-friendly days out. The Tacoma Dome is a striking indoor arena that attracts music stars from around the globe, while the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum and America’s Car Museum are all popular attractions.
Seattle, a 34-mile drive away by rental car, is a city of bohemian, outdoor-loving and enterprising residents. Key attractions include the legendary Pike Place food market, the artsy neighbourhood of Fremont with its cool coffee shops and offbeat public art, and the vibrant Capitol Hill, filled with restaurants, bars and music venues. Cultural and architectural highlights include the Space Needle, the Experience Project Music Museum and the Seattle Art Museum.
Overlooking Tacoma and situated on the banks of the Cascadia river is Mount Rainer, a 59-mile drive away. This stunningly beautiful peak offers over 260 miles of hiking trails and is the highest mountain in Washington.
With its abundance of mountains, forests and greenery, Washington State is scenic to drive through, although be careful in winter conditions. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Washington ones before your visit.
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