Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Murano
The four-star Hotel Murano offers a stylish slice of downtown Tacoma. The lobby is meticulously decorated with handblown glass art and bold colors. Grab a seat in sleek onsite restaurant Bite for upscale fare such as truffle macaroni and cheese paired with a handcrafted cocktail.
- Notable nods: The hotel is a Forbes Travel Guide four-star hotel, and it was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2015. It’s the area’s only four-star property.
- Chic guest rooms feature flat-screen LCD TVs and speciality pillow menus. Choose a Patron room for additional perks.
- Bring your pooch: Select rooms welcome pets up to 35 pounds ($45 each per stay). These include a bed, bowls, and treats, as well as books on pet massage and psychology.
- Savi Day Spa: Indulge in an invigorating body treatment and a skin peel.
- Included perk: daily self-parking, normally a $16 value
- Nearby attractions include Chambers Bay Golf Course and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma; Mount Rainier National Park is about 60 miles away.
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.
With Mount Rainier as the backdrop, 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 glassblowing 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. Though 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.