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Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. The city is on Washington's Puget Sound, 32mi southwest of Seattle, 31mi northeast of the state capital, Olympia, and 58mi northwest of Mount Rainier National Park. The population was 198,397, according to the 2010 census. Tacoma is the second-largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state. Tacoma also serves as the center of business activity for the South Sound region, which has a population of around 1 million.Tacoma adopted its name after the nearby Mount Rainier, originally called Takhoma or Tahoma. It is locally known as the "City of Destiny" because the area was chosen to be the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad in the late 19th century. The decision of the railroad was influenced by Tacoma's neighboring deep-water harbor, Commencement Bay. By connecting the bay with the railroad, Tacoma's motto became "When rails meet sails". Commencement Bay serves the Port of Tacoma, a center of international trade on the Pacific Coast and Washington State's largest port.Plan your vacation with our United States tour itinerary builder app and discover the best things to do in Tacoma.
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$264 BOOK WITH VIATOR Best of Mount Rainier National Park from Seattle: All-Inclusive Small-Group Tour
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
$259 BOOK WITH VIATOR Mount Rainier National Park Luxury Small-Group Day Tour with Lunch
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