The port city of Tacoma, Washington rests along the shores of the Puget Sound in the American Northwest. As it is the largest port in the state of Washington, Tacoma has played a large role in international trade and commerce. This tough city has a strong heritage in logging and fishing. Discover the unique culture as you roam the bustling streets of downtown amongst the quaint coffeehouses and shops. Book your car hire in Tacoma with Auto Europe and save!
The iconic cityscape of Tacoma is dominated by the majestic snow-capped crags of Mount Rainier. Just a short cruise through the mountains in your car hire will take you to the sprawling Mount Rainier National Forest. There you will be able to explore the over 95 miles of winding woodland trails, leading you through the high alpines and down deep fertile valleys. Making the bold trek the entire 95 miles is quite a feat considering Mount Rainier is one of the snowiest places on earth; only half of the thousands that try each year make it to the peak. In light of the audacious trip to the summit, there are plenty of activities waiting for all adventurers at whatever level. Rustic parks and visitor centres dot the interior highways as brisk mountain streams allow for a refreshing dip. Book your rental car in Tacoma and discover this one of a kind treasure.
Though Mount Rainer's forests harbour scores of animals, they may not be able to offer an up-close-and-personal encounter. Look no further than the Point Defiant Zoo and Aquarium. There, you will be given the opportunity to see into the lives of animals, both native and exotic alike. Explore the Rocky Shore exhibit where you will see seals and walruses, or watch Polar Bears live amongst Arctic Foxes in the Arctic Tundra exhibit. Elephant, tigers, wolves and camels (which you can also ride) all call the Zoo home. The centre is devoted to educating the public through exhibits, classes and events to bring an extended understanding of animals to the entire community.
The Tacoma Museum of Glass is one of the most breathtaking sights in the city. Even before you enter the building, you will be enchanted by the colourful and elaborate outdoor art installations. Among the finest features of the exterior is the Chihuly Bridge; Spanning over 500 feet, the bridge offers intricate movements of colour, widely using natural light that dance along the ground as visitors stand beneath the 40-foot tall Crystal Tower. Inside you will find glowing exhibits of sculptures, glass pottery, and live glass-blowing at the Hot Shop (where there is also a gift shop.) Book your car rental in Tacoma and discover the contemporary masterpieces within the Museum of Glass.
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