Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma, Tacoma (Self Guided)

Tacoma is a very beautiful city with different sightseeings and landmarks. You can visit beautiful churches, see historical buildings, and take a walk in beautiful parks decorated with fountains and monuments. Take this self-guided tour to see the most famous landmarks in Tacoma.
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Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma Map

Guide Name: Landmarks Walking Tour in Tacoma
Guide Location: USA » Tacoma (See other walking tours in Tacoma)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: vickyc
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Washington State History Research Center

1) Washington State History Research Center

Washington State History Research Center is located on the waterfront near the stadium. It is an old, beautiful building. The facade of the building is decorated by four columns. There are historical archives, artifact exhibitions and a research library. There are many photographs of the old State of Washington, manuscripts, etc. Exhibitions can be found on the 3rd floor and are open, by appointment only, from Tuesday to Thursday 12:30PM to 4:30PM.
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Stadium High School

2) Stadium High School

Stadium High School is a 100-year-old high school and a historic landmark. It is part of Tacoma Public Schools, or Tacoma School District No. 10 and is located in the Stadium District, near downtown Tacoma. The original building burned to a shell while it was still a partially constructed hotel designed by Hewitt & Hewitt that was being used for storage. It was reconstructed for use as a school according to designs by Frederick Heath, and a "bowl" stadium was added.

The main building was constructed by architects Hewitt and Hewitt for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and the Tacoma Land Company at what was then known as Blackwell Point.

The 100 year celebration of Stadium High School was held in September 2006. At the celebration, a Guinness World Record was set for the largest recorded school reunion. 3299 alumni attended.

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First Church of Christ Scientist

3) First Church of Christ Scientist

First Church of Christ, Scientist is a historic Christian Science church building. Designed in the Classical Revival style by noted as well as prolific Tacoma architect Frederick Heath, it was built at a cost of $45,000 between 1908 and 1911. It was the second building built by the congregation on this site, the first being a 1901 wooden structure seating 300 that was torn down in 1908. On June 2, 1911, the first service was held in the new church. After becoming debt free, the new church was dedicated in 1921.

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Wright Park Arboretum

4) Wright Park Arboretum (must see)

Wright Park is a 27-acre (11 ha) arboretum and public park that is currently managed by Metro Parks Tacoma. The park was designed by Bavarian landscape architect Edward Otto Schwagerl.

The arboretum contains over 700 mature trees, representing about 100 native and exotic species.

The Victorian-style conservatory was built in 1907, and named in honor of donor William W. Seymour. Its wings and twelve-sided central dome contain some 3,500 panes of glass. Six sculptures created by former conservator Clarence Deming rest among the plants, and reflect African, Māori, and Aztec traditions.

The conservatory now contains more than 550 plant species in its permanent collection, including agapanthus, azaleas, bromeliads, cacti, clivias, cymbidium, epiphyllum, ferns, figs, more than 200 orchids, palms, and rhododendrons. It also contains a rotating exhibit of floral displays that generally features between 300-500 blooming plants at any given time.

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First Presbyterian Church

5) First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church is a church and a school. It was established in 1873. The present church was built in 1925 and features a marvelous example of Romanesque architecture, designed by Ralph Adams Cram. The school was founded in 1969. The structure's most prominent features are the clock and bell-tower, the rose window and and the two-leveled facade. This magnificent church is built in red brick. This church-school is a good example of a US school that provides classical Christian education.
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Landmark Convention Center

6) Landmark Convention Center

Landmark Convention Center is a landmark building situated in the historic Stadium district in the center of the city. It dates back to 1926. It's also known as the Masonic Temple building and the Temple Theatre. It features Greek Architecture outside and the inside is made in Egyptian design. This beautiful place offers organization of different events, like weddings and others.
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Old City Hall

7) Old City Hall

Old City Hall of Tacoma is a beautiful old building that dates back to 1893. This impressive building represents the Italian Renaissance architecture. Today, after remodelling, it is used as condominiums. This historical building still has a tall tower with a clock on it, pressed brickwork, terra cotta decoration and a copper roof. The Old City Hall itself and the Old City Hall District is registered as a National Historic Place of the USA.
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Theater District

8) Theater District

Theater District is a very beautiful place in Tacoma. It is in the heart of Tacoma and is one of the must-see destinations for tourists in this city. There you will find the Broadway Center for Performing Arts that has several theaters, for example, the Pantages and Rialto theaters, that are splendid buildings. Then there is the modern Theater on the Square, home of the Tacoma Actors' Guild. There are beautiful and unusual structures in the area too.

Walking Tours in Tacoma, Washington

Create Your Own Walk in Tacoma

Create Your Own Walk in Tacoma

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tacoma is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Waterfront Walk

North Waterfront Walk

Set on the banks of Puget Sound, south of Seattle, Tacoma city is a picturesque place. Particularly this is true of Tacoma's Waterfront, a paved sidewalk running along Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay. Much loved by walkers, joggers or those searching for a good place to eat with a view, the Waterfront area holds a number of prominent attractions. This orientation walk will lead you to the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour

Tacoma Museums and Art Galleries Walking Tour

Tacoma is a city that is very rich in culture. There are many museums in Tacoma where you can learn interesting things about the city, its history and culture. There is a large exhibition hall in the city with different temporary exhibitions. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most worthwhile museums and exhibitions of Tacoma.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tacoma for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tacoma has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tacoma, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.