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Once called the "City of Destiny," this port city on the Puget Sound, lies 31 miles northeast of Olympia, and 32 miles southwest of Seattle, Washington. Points of interest include Port Defiance Park, which provides visitors with a chance to enjoy the fresh air, while touring Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and the gardens that are situated along a paved path.
History buffs can step back in time to the era of the fur trading industry, at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Art enthusiasts find that glass is a popular art medium in the region. Examples of the art form are found at the Museum of Glass and various local galleries.
Interstate Highway 5, 705 and multiple state highways connect with, or pass through the community. The city is serviced by county-operated and commercial buses, light rail streetcars, trains and commuter ferries. You can easily fly into the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Many of Tacoma’s hotels are located along Interstate 5, but you’ll also find waterfront lodgings in the Northern district.
The city was founded by Morton M. McCarver, who purchased the claim and named it after Mt. Tacoma, the former name of Mt. Rainier. With the discovery of gold in 1898, the city experienced dramatic growth. Today, visitors vacationing in the scenic area encounter a mild, Mediterranean oceanic climate, with annual temperatures spanning from 35 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.