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Tacoma embraces diverse cultures and creative ideas, and offers unlimited opportunities to experience art, heritage and culture, all in a setting of rare natural beauty. Tacoma is anything but ordinary. It's a place where bike messengers share elevators with world-renowned researchers, or where fishermen have lunch alongside top surgeons. It's a city where the extraordinary is commonplace and commonplace is anything but. From a jet engine to an espresso machine to grunge rock, Tacoma has birthed some of the most unique world-changing events. In Tacoma you can hear the sound of an orca blowing as it surfaces, the roar of the crowd at Safeco Field or the near silence of the Olympic rainforest, and of course, you can't visit Tacoma without checking out the view from the world-famous Space Needle.
Tacoma Area Attractions:
The Space Needle, where a 41-second elevator ride takes you up 520 feet to the observation deck, and enjoy a meal at SkyCity, the restaurant at the top that revolves 360° while you dine. Pike Place Market is the granddaddy of farmers' markets. Today, it's a major tourist attraction with 200 businesses operating year-round, 190 craftspeople and 120 farmer booths - plus street performers and musicians. Traveling by one of the many Ferries is a state of mind as much as a means of transportation to some of the Puget Sound's most historic and scenic sites. The Tacoma Aquarium where you walk under the water in a glass dome as blunt nose six gill sharks and other Elliott Bay creatures swim all around you. The Tacoma Waterfront, a bustling collection of attractions, restaurants and shopping. The Point Defiance Park Zoo has more than 1,000 animals of 300 different species, from elephants and gorillas to piranhas and penguins, in naturalistic exhibits. Bill Speidel's Underground Tour; after the Great Tacoma Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ruins. This guided tour takes visitors through the hidden subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and storefronts of downtown Tacoma and tells stories of the frontier people who lived and worked there. The Tacoma Public Library, and the award-winning Chihuly glass and steel structure of the new Tacoma Art Museum makes the building seem a little off-kilter and translucent - allowing passersby on the street to look in. Tillicum Village is a short, narrated cruise that takes you to an island village, where you'll feast on salmon cooked in the authentic Native American way. The Spirit of Washington Dinner Train is a passenger train that travels from Renton to Woodinville in vintage rail cars. The train travels along the shores of Lake Washington and over a historic trestle as you dine in style. There is also the Tacoma Symphony, the Tacoma Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and world class Museums & Art Galleries. In fact, the Tacoma area is home to an excellent collection of art, history, maritime, and special interest museums, including one of the largest air and space museums in the world.
Five companies on the 2006 Fortune 500 list of the United States' largest companies, based on total revenue, are headquartered near Tacoma: Amozon.com, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and Safeco Corp. Just shy of making the list is Expeditors Int. Other Fortune 500 companies popularly associated near Tacoma are Costco Wholesale Corp., Microsoft, Nintendo and McCraw Cellular (now part of AT&T Wireless).
The U.S. Census Bureau survey showed that Tacoma has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major U.S. city. Tacoma is one of the most literate city in the United States based on a study done by Central Connecticut State University. Tacoma is famous for being home to one of the nation's most respected public universities, the University of Washington.
Tacoma is close to the Seattle teams in nearly every major professional sport. The four major professional teams are the the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, the MLB's Seattle Mariners, and the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
Tacoma offers every kind of affordable living you can imagine. With a diversity of neighborhoods like Downtown, North End, Browns Point- and homes around many lakes, there are ranges from artsy to historic. Scenic beauty is easy to find, as well as big city bustle. Affordable housing of all kinds, as well as high end living, Tacoma is a place to rent or own the lifestyle you have always wanted.