Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel
Tacoma was dubbed the City of Destiny when 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 Chihuly Bridge of Glass—a dazzling 500-foot elevated walkway designed by Dale Chihuly to link the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum. The whole thing is located within 2 miles of the AAA Three Diamond Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel. Inside, most guest rooms feature views of the mountains, the Port of Tacoma, or downtown.
The hotel’s onsite eatery, Seasons Restaurant, serves classic all-American fare such as a 12-ounce rib-eye steak or a creamy Cajun chicken penne pasta bowl that comes topped with tomato, basil, and green onions.
- Work up a sweat in the fitness center by doing some cardio or just stepping into the steam room.
- Complimentary hot breakfast includes scrambled eggs, fruit, and build-your-own waffles.
- Game room: Play a game of foosball, try your hand at ping-pong, or just kick back on the plush leather couch.
- Take the free local shuttle to a handful of offsite dining spots, including an award-winning microbrewery and a landmark steak-and-seafood restaurant overlooking Puget Sound.
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 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 9-acre campus features an extensive collection of classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Another popular attraction is Point Defiance Park, a 700-acre peninsula jutting into Puget Sound. While beautiful flower gardens, hiking trails, and paved bike paths draw crowds year-round, the park’s biggest draw is probably the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Exhibits include an Asian forest sanctuary, a polar bear habitat, and a tropical coral reef aquarium that’s home to dozens of sharks.