What is the best way to see Tacoma in one day?

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Adrienne Kuehl

Whether by boat, car, light rail, foot or bicycle, it’s easy to get around Tacoma is and see the sights.
 
Tacoma is a walkable city. Blaze your own path and take off by foot through the museum district in downtown Tacoma. The Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum and Children’s Museum of Tacoma are all within steps of each other. Explore the University of Washington Tacoma campus and many shops and cafes before you cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and meander down the Thea Foss Waterway promenade.
 
Prefer a little guidance? Download a walking tour map from Downtown on the Go and find your way through Tacoma’s Brewery District, Hilltop, Wright Park, North Waterfront or South Waterfront, hitting all the highlighted destinations along the way.
 
Take the complimentary Tacoma Link Light Rail for a short ride to the Dome District and to LeMay-America’s Car Museum, or to the Theater District to browse the shops.
 
Seeing Tacoma from the water gives you a unique viewpoint with spectacular views. Book a private charter with Destiny Harbor Tours. Bring a picnic lunch from Pacific Grill as you cruise along Commencement Bay, Point Defiance and Gig Harbor.
 
Join the locals and pedal your way through the city. Rent a bicycle from Tacoma Bike and follow one of Tacoma’s many bike routes. Don’t forget to stop and refuel with an espresso and freshly baked pastry at Corina Bakery before hitting one of the many bike-friendly breweries or pubs around town.

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