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Popular amenities for Tacoma vacation rentals

Stay near Tacoma's top sights

Tacoma Dome87 locals recommend
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium338 locals recommend
Tacoma Mall82 locals recommend
Point Defiance Park118 locals recommend
Cheney Stadium32 locals recommend
LeMay - America’s Car Museum157 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Tacoma

  • Total rentals

    1.4K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    65K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    680 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    380 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    790 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Tacoma

All About Tacoma

Tacoma is a vibrant city 30 miles south of Seattle on the banks of Puget Sound in Washington. Within a one-hour driving distance from Mount Rainier National Park and home to museums, historic neighborhoods, and a two-mile-long scenic waterfront, Tacoma draws travelers with its natural beauty and unique city attractions. You don't even have to leave the city to enjoy a great hike. The Point Defiance Trail System in Tacoma offers 15 miles of trails of different lengths and difficulty levels. One of the more popular routes is the 4.6-mile Square Trail, which traces the outer loop of Point Defiance Park. When you’ve worked up an appetite, grab market-fresh seafood by the water or sample beer from one of the local breweries in town.

Tacoma houses numerous museums and galleries dedicated to Pacific Northwest artists, like the Tacoma Museum of Art, and mediums they’ve helped elevate, like the Museum of Glass. In the downtown museum district you’ll also find the Washington State History Museum, a Children's Museum, and a Car Museum.

Vintage collectors may want to explore Tacoma’s Antique Row, a downtown district known for its antique and vintage homewares, sports memorabilia, clothing, and other treasures from decades gone by.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Tacoma

Tacoma has warm yet short summers, while winters are cold, cloudy, and wet, with a chance of snow in December and January. Spring and fall tend to be rainy with more overcast days occurring in the fall season. However, fall is a popular time for hiking among the changing fall foliage. Spring is the best time to see the rhododendrons in bloom. Stroll Point Defiance Park to see the riot of color at the Rhododendron Garden — peak season usually runs mid-April to mid-May. If you miss the rhododendrons, maybe you'll visit in July or early August in time to see (and smell) the Rose Tunnel at Point Defiance Park in full bloom. The state’s largest Fourth of July event occurs every year in Tacoma with fireworks, live music, and an air show.

Top things to do in Tacoma

Museum of Glass

The 75,000-square-foot Museum of Glass, housed in the birthplace of a renowned glass artist, is dedicated to the medium as an artform. You can explore its collections of production glass, studio glass, and contemporary glass, and also witness glass-blowing demonstrations.

Point Defiance Park

Point Defiance Park sits at the north end of the city with 760 acres of trails, gardens, and views of the Salish Sea. The Japanese Garden is a highlight here, with its pagoda, footbridge, and cherry blossoms. Consider a visit to Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, located in the park. Staff and volunteers at this restored Hudson Bay Company outpost wear period costumes and demonstrate what 19th-century life was like in the area.

Ruston Way Waterfront

The Ruston Way Waterfront coastal walkway runs from downtown to Point Defiance Park, offering up scenic views of South Puget Sound. There's no better spot to admire the city skyline against the backdrop of Mount Rainier in the distance, or the views of the South Puget Sound. Watch for seals basking or playing in the water nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Tacoma?

    Tacoma experiences a temperate marine climate. Summers are mild with temperatures usually around 70-80°F (21-27°C), while winters are cool and could dip to 40°F (4°C). Rain is quite frequent, especially from November to April, so rain gear can be useful.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Tacoma?

    Popular activities in Tacoma include exploring the museums like the Tacoma Art Museum or LeMay - America's Car Museum, discovering local flora at the Point Defiance Park's gardens, or walking along the 5-mile (8 km) scenic route of Ruston Way. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is also a popular spot.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Tacoma?

    The most popular time to visit Tacoma is from June to September when the weather is pleasant. This period also sees local events like the Tacoma Art Festival in July and the Tacoma Film Festival in October.

  • What are the best places to stay in Tacoma?

    Consider staying in Downtown Tacoma with its vibrant arts scene, North End for a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere, or Ruston for spectacular waterfront views. Alternatively, you might find Proctor District appealing with its unique boutiques and eateries.

  • What are the best places to visit in Tacoma?

    Popular places in Tacoma include the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Outdoor attractions such as Point Defiance Park, the Ruston Way waterfront, and the Tacoma Nature Center are also well-liked.

  • What are some hiking trails in Tacoma?

    Tacoma has several hiking trails within its vicinity. Some of these include Point Defiance Park trails, the waterfront trail along Ruston Way, and Swan Creek Park trails. For a more challenging hike, try the Mount Si trail located about 60 miles (97 km) from Tacoma.

  • What are some family activities to do in Tacoma?

    Families can explore the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, delve into the world of glass art at the Museum of Glass, or learn about history at the Washington State History Museum. For outdoor fun, stroll along the Ruston Way waterfront, or enjoy the playgrounds at Wright Park.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Tacoma?

    Day trips from Tacoma can include visiting Mount Rainier National Park, about 105 miles (169 km) away for hiking and nature views, exploring the unique architecture in Seattle, approximately 33 miles (53 km) away, or discovering the Scandinavian heritage in Poulsbo, around 46 miles (74 km) away.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Tacoma?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 790 vacation rentals in Tacoma featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Tacoma?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Tacoma. Choose from more than 380 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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