Best Western with Onsite Grill and Steam Room near Thriving Cultural District
Tacoma, Washington, was dubbed the City of Destiny after it was selected as a western terminus for a major transcontinental railroad in 1895. Thanks to an ongoing cultural renaissance, the city is finally living up to that name. A handful of gems have sprouted up over the past 20 years, such as the Museum of Glass and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass—a dazzling, 500-foot elevated walkway designed by Dale Chihuly that links the museum to more of his work at the downtown Tacoma Art Museum. These new attractions are a reflection of Tacoma's urban renewal, and are all located within 2 miles of the AAA Three Diamond–rated Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel.
The hotel's onsite restaurant, Seasons Grill, serves classic all-American fare. Use your dining credit to sample dinner entrees such as a 12-ounce rib-eye steak ($18) or the creamy Cajun chicken penne pasta bowl that comes topped with tomato, basil, and green onions ($12). In the morning, a complimentary hot breakfast includes scrambled eggs, fruit, and build-your-own waffles. A free local shuttle will deliver you to a handful of offsite dining spots, including an award-winning microbrewery that serves stone-baked pizzas, and a landmark steak-and-seafood restaurant overlooking Puget Sound.
Back at the hotel, cap off a workout session with a stint in the steam room or victory laps in the elevator. There's also a game room with vintage arcade games, and you'll find a movie selection up in your room. Most guest rooms also feature views of the mountains, the Port of Tacoma, or downtown.
Tacoma, Washington: Port City with Thriving Cultural District and World-Class Aquarium
Tacoma is a midsize city located 30 miles south of Seattle on Puget Sound. It boasts the state's largest port, a rail terminus, and a free downtown streetcar. After the early 1990s, the city reinvented itself as a cultural and intellectual hub, adding a University of Washington branch campus, a thriving museum district, and a rejuvenated waterfront to its formerly industrial landscape.
Located less than a mile from the hotel, under the backdrop of Mount Rainier, the Museum of Glass houses stunning glass structures such as the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, and a 90-foot, cone-shaped studio where artists put on live glass-blowing demonstrations. At LeMay – America’s Car Museum, a nine-acre campus features an extensive collection of classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
The city is also anchored by several longstanding attractions, such as Point Defiance Park, a 700-acre peninsula jutting out into Puget Sound. While beautiful flower gardens, hiking trails, and paved bike paths draw crowds year-round, the park's most popular attraction remains the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Exhibits here include an Asian forest sanctuary, a saltwater polar bear pool, and a tropical coral reef aquarium that's home to dozens of sharks.
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