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Tacoma is the city closest to PLU. It is located just a short car ride North of PLU, and offers many cultural experiences. With a multitude of museums downtown, a beautiful waterfront and beautiful nature in the surrounding area, Tacoma is worth exploring.

Places to see in Tacoma:

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

With over 360 different species, this combined zoo and aquarium is fun for people of all ages. Meet everything from tigers to otters, and polar bears to elephants.

Museum of Glass

Watch glassblowing life and enjoy some colorful pieces of glass art.

Union Station - Washington History Museum

Get some inside information on the history of Washington at this museum in downtown Tacoma, located in the old Union Station building.

LeMay Car Museum

If you are interested in cars and car history, this brand new museum in Tacoma is perfect for you.


Other things to do in Tacoma:

  • Go to a Tacoma Rainiers game (baseball)
  • Tacoma Mall
  • South Hill Mall
  • Freighthouse Square
  • Farmer's Market