Destination guide

Washington’s new kid on the block

Once an industrial paper mill town, Tacoma is now one of Washington’s liveliest cities. A flourishing arts scene and exciting downtown revitalization projects have given it a new lease of life, and it’s dotted with trendy cafés, quirky museums, and urban parks. If you’re road tripping along the popular Seattle to Portland route, it’s a worthy stop. You’ll need a day or two to really soak up the city, so why not take advantage of Tacoma vacation rentals? Beyond its urban charm, Tacoma is a popular base for travelers heading to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do

Museum hopping in downtown Tacoma

Sitting on the tip of Tacoma’s peninsula, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium gets you face to face with both Pacific Rim wildlife and exotic animals. While you’re in the park, don’t miss Fort Nisqually, a meticulously recreated 1830s trading post complete with costumed guides. Tacoma doesn’t scrimp on culture, with a string of offbeat museums to explore. You can drool over vintage classics at the America’s Car Museum, discover the art of flamework at the Museum of Glass, or admire American masterpieces at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Activities

Relive your favorite 10 Things scenes

Covering a 700-acre footprint, Point Defiance Park is the city’s flagship green space. Whether you want to enjoy a picnic on the beach, stroll around the Rose Garden or wander along old growth forest trails, the park is a breath of fresh air. To the north is the historic Stadium district, peppered with leafy parks, boutique shops, and beautiful heritage buildings. If you want to live and breathe the lifestyle, Tacoma vacation rentals unlock access to stunning craftsman-style bungalows in the heart of Stadium. You can also stop by the magnificent Stadium High School, made famous by hit 90s film 10 Things I Hate About You.

Weather

A year-round cultural calendar

Like Seattle, Tacoma has a rainy reputation. Maximize your chances of sunshine by visiting in summer, when the city’s street scene is at its best. The historic Stadium quarter hosts a colorful calendar of seasonal events, from the family-friendly Halloween celebrations to the annual Dickens Holiday Festival. Held in June, the Festival of Sail tall ship regatta sees legions of festivalgoers descend on Puget Sound. If you don’t mind a little rain, winter is a great time to beat the crowds and have Tacoma’s museums all to yourself.

Natural features

Wildflowers and waterfront scenery

Hugging the shores of Puget Sound, Tacoma blends history, culture and sparkling coastal scenery. It’s a short 30-mile drive south of Seattle which makes it an easy stopover if you’re road-tripping along the Washington coast. From frolicking orcas to fiery sunsets, why not soak up the views with beautiful Tacoma vacation rentals overlooking Puget Sound? With its glacier-capped peak, wildflower strewn meadows and hiking trailheads, Mount Rainier National Park is a mecca for outdoor lovers. If you’d rather not hit the hiking trails, car accessible Sunrise Lookout offers sweeping views over the park.

How to get there

How to get to and around Tacoma

The nearest airport is in Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle - Tacoma Intl.), located 14.6 mi (23.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Renton, WA (RNT-Renton Municipal), which is 19.2 mi (30.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Union Station, Tacoma Dome Station and Tacoma Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can get around Tacoma by jumping on the metro at Commerce Street Station, Theater District Station or Convention Center Station.

Where to stay around Tacoma?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 449 vacation rentals near Tacoma. From 301 Houses to 59 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Tacoma for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Tacoma?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Tacoma:

  • North End: 56 vacation rentals
  • Central Tacoma: 62 vacation rentals
  • Hilltop: 53 vacation rentals
  • New Tacoma: 44 vacation rentals
  • West End: 29 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Tacoma?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Tacoma. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tacoma Dome: 90 vacation rentals
  • University of Puget Sound: 652 vacation rentals
  • Point Defiance Park: 767 vacation rentals
  • Tacoma Mall: 570 vacation rentals
  • Tacoma Chinese Garden and Reconciliation Park: 703 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Tacoma listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Tacoma?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 301 Houses in Tacoma. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Tacoma include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 59 rentals available
  • Cabins: 36 rentals available
  • Cottages: 36 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Tacoma?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 20 vacation rentals with pool available in Tacoma. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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